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lead guitarist of Extreme
Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Açores, Portugal
Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hair Metal, Guitar Virtuoso
Soundtrack, Composer, Music Department
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Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt (born September 20, 1966) is a Portuguese-American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for his role as the lead guitarist of the Boston hard rock band Extreme whose hits include the acoustic ballads "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted". The songs reached #1 and #4, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1991. He has since recorded a solo project called Schizophonic as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows, Population 1, DramaGods, and more recently with The Satellite Party (headed by Jane`s Addiction`s former frontman and Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell). Since 1990, Bettencourt has had his own line of custom guitars designed by Washburn Guitars. His line is known as the N-Series, and is currently promoting the Washburn N4. Nuno Bettencourt was born on September 20, 1966 in Praia da Vitï¿½ria, Terceira, Azores, Portugal, to Ezequiel Mendes Bettencourt and wife Aureolina da Cunha Gil de ï¿½vila. Bettencourt`s family, parents and two brothers Luï¿½s and Roberto Carlos, moved to Hudson, Massachusetts when he was four. Bettencourt lived on Main Street in Hudson for 21 years.
Initially, Bettencourt had little interest in music, preferring to spend his time playing hockey and soccer. His first instrument was the drums and he played them exclusively until his brother, Luis, began to teach him how to play guitar. While Bettencourt was slow to adopt the instrument under his brother`s tutelage, his skills quickly developed when he began teaching himself, and he has mentioned in many interviews that he would skip many school days to practice upwards of 7 hours a day. In his sophomore and junior years of high school, Bettencourt dropped out of sports so he could focus on playing guitar. He would eventually drop out of high school for the same reason. As a guitarist, one of Bettencourt`s earliest influences was Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen. However, as he developed his craft as a guitarist and songwriter, his influences expanded to embrace The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Queen, Pat Travers, Paco de Lucï¿½a, Vito Bratta, Al Di Meola and Aerosmith.
In 1994, Bettencourt married singer Suze DeMarchi. They have two children together: Bebe Orleans (b. February 2, 1996) and Lorenzo Aureolino (b. August 12, 2002). They currently live in Los Angeles. Bettencourt cites Italian food as his favorite cuisine. His guilty pleasures include sushi and Butterfinger bars (Music Choice).
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Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt
Released 4 albums with Extreme: "Extreme" (1989); "Extreme II: Pornografitti" (1991); "III Sides to Every Story" (1993) and "Waiting for the Punch Line" (1995).
Lorenzo Aureolino (son-2002), Bebe Orleans (daughter - 1996)
Aureolina Cunha Gil Bettencourt
Roberto, Luis, Paulo, Jorge, John
Helena, Ivone, Fatima, Teresa
Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter
Aerosmith, Kiss, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Queen, The Police, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix
Brian May (musican), Eddie Van Halen (musican), Luis Bettencourt (brother)
Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt (born September 20, 1966) is a Portuguese-American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He became known as the lead guitarist of the Boston rock band Extreme. He has also recorded a solo album as well as having founded bands including Mourning Widows, Population 1, DramaGods, The Satellite Party (headed by Jane's Addiction's then-former frontman and Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell). In 2007 he also reunited with Extreme to record new music and tour, with the band planning to release material sometime in 2017.
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Heavy metal, Hard Rock, Funk Metal, Alternative Rock, Glam Metal
Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Organ, Cello, Drums
Extreme, The Satellite Party, DramaGods (Population 1), Mourning Widows, Rihanna, Steel Panther, Guitar Wars, Dweezil Zappa, Alter Bridge
DramaGods Population 1, Luís Gil Bettencourt
Hard Rock, Funk Metal, Alternative Rock, Glam Metal
Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Organ, Cello, Drums
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