Guitar god Nuno Bettencourt will be in action via a free stream performing live in London tonight…alongside renowned heavy rocker Rihanna.
Yep, in the most unlikely match-up since Brian May and Jedward (or Eddie Van Halen and Michael Jackson) the Extreme star is providing the rock edge to Rihanna’s RnB classics. Mmm.
“A friend and Music Director, Tony Bruno, reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in playing guitar with Rihanna,” said Bettencourt. “Rihanna is a regular in the Bettencourt house and as much as I dig her as an artist… my first thought was that there isn’t a whole lot of guitar in her music and therefore probably not the greatest fit for what I do. “But before I had a chance to verbalize that though Tony said ‘before you say anything let me play you the direction she wants to go live’. And when I heard it I said wow, this rocks. It’s heavy and funky and it hit me that this is MY shit, this is my style and it’s how I love to play. I got very excited at the possibility of playing some of her great songs with a heavier treatment.
“When I asked Tony Bruno ‘why?’ he told me that Rihanna loves bands like Paramore and Linkin Park and loves to push it up a notch or two live in the rock department. So I thought: touring and sharing the stage with a cool and talented artist like Rihanna and being able to bring what I do passionately to the table as a musician and performer? I’m in!
“And having finished the first round of rehearsals it did not disappoint. It was even better than what I expected because she also has the most incredible band, and I get
the privilege to add to their wall of sound. It’s gonna be fun so come see and hear it for yourself!
“And by the way, no, this is NOT the end of Extreme. We have a live DVD and CD coming out in early 2010 and we will be writing new material throughout the year. We had a great run across the globe on Saudades de Rock and we’ll be back.
Streaming Live from London, November 16, Rihanna and Nuno will be performing tracks from her album, Rated R, to a free online audience. Join in on the largest free music event of the year at http://nowplaying.nokia.com/join-us/