In 1990 Extreme‘s Pornograffitti album came out, and I was blown away by how good it was from start to finish. It was rock with a touch of funk and a lot of attitude, with some beautiful ballads thrown in.
Flash forward 25 years, and I’m waiting inside the House of Blues Orlando, waiting to hear Extreme perform the entire Pornograffitti album live. Yes, I’d heard most of the songs live in various concerts over the years, but this would be the first time I would hear the album played all the way through.
The band kicked off the show with the high energy “Decadence Dance” and I was told I had the first five songs, with no flash, to use my pro camera. My downfall came with song number four.
That song, “Get the Funk Out,” is my most favorite song by Extreme, and hearing it live after so many years in between concerts, I totally forgot about taking photos. I was too busy singing and dancing, and trying not to fall down the step I was perched on.
There was time to catch my breath during song five, the megahit “More Than Words,” but the heartfelt ballad ended up as a massive sing-along with the entire crowd outsinging the band. Lead vocalist Gary Charone just let the crowd sing towards the end, and it was beautiful.
The pace picked up with high energy rockers like “Money (In God We Trust)” and “It (‘s a Monster).” Guitarist Nuno Bettancourt and bassist Pat Badger were all over the stage, even pretend dueling with their instruments, by this time in the set.
Drummer Kevin Figueiredo held down the beat well, even coming out front for a few songs with just his snare and various percussion.
Extreme finished the album segment of the show with the one-two ballad punch of “Song for Love” and “Hole Hearted.”
The band took a brief break after finishing the Pornograffitti set list, then came out for an encore of other hits, including “Am I Ever Gonna Change.” I was surprised they didn’t do “Kid Ego” or “Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go to School Today)” from their first album, but I guess they’ve done those songs to death over the past 25 years.
Extreme put on an excellent show at the House of Blues, despite Charone being a bit under the weather. I don’t even have that much energy when I’m feeling well. I thank the band for letting me cover this amazing night.
For more information on Extreme, including future tour dates, visit extreme-band.com.
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