Metal Legend Gave ‘Horrible’ Performance With Van Halen’s Guitar


Speaking to Rick Beato in a new interview, Extreme’s guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt talked about the epiphany he had concerning tone when he first met Eddie Van Halen, who Nuno play around on his rig. He said (transcription via Guitar World):

“I thought I was finally going to sound like [Van Halen], and I was so bummed out. I’m like, ‘I even have his sweat on the strings, I have his DNA, I got his amp, I just watched him rehearse. He’s asking me to play his rig.

“‘I’m gonna finally – after fucking decades of ABing Van Halen and Van Halen II to my sound – sound like Edward.’ And I was so f***ing disappointed – I sounded just like me. It was so horrible. It was like a horrible nightmare.”

He was then asked to share some more details about the experience, Nuno said:

“It sounded just like me. I’m telling you… it sounded like me!

“[I was] super-disappointed. I was like, ‘I’m never gonna sound like Edward, ever. Ever!’ But that was the big[gest] bitch slap of all time when you realize, ‘Holy shit, it’s all about you. It’s all about your fingers.’

“And it’s not even just your fingers here, it’s where you hold the pick, and how much you hold the pick, and where you touch it. You don’t think about those things, but that’s how individual we are.”

Extreme’s “Six” will be out on June 9.