DVD Review: Metal Meltdown – “Extreme: Pornografitti Live 25”
Extreme’s second offering Pornografitti is an album that has stood the test of time. Twenty five years after its release the band, returning from their second hiatus, toured the album across the world last year. The show at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was professionally shot and is due for release on September 23rd.
The album is played in its entirety, track by track as it appears on the album, and the first thing that we notice within minutes of Decadence Dance, is the chemistry within the band. Unlike some of the dates on the tour for Saduades De Rock a few years back, Gary and Nuno don’t look like they want to tear strips off each other. 25 years later and When I’m President is probably a lot more relevant now than it was when originally written in 1990.
We get an interlude from Brian May praising the lead solo for Get The Funk Out before the song starts, with May even admitting that he couldn’t play it if he tried. The otherwise fairly lacklustre crowd begins to come alive as the band is stripped down to Nuno and Gary for More Than Words, helping Cherone along with the first verse before chiming in. It would be fair to say that this song got the loudest pop of the night, which is understandable as it’s the band’s biggest hit.
We get an interlude from Steven Tyler about him performing with Nuno at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2014, as well as one from Tom Morello, talking about the time he called Gary’s manager to try to get him to audition for Tom’s upcoming band. Mercifully, this was pre Rage Against The Machine, as I’m not really sure how that would work!
When I First Kissed You showcases a different side to Extreme, while it may have disjointed the studio album, it serves as a nice break for the live performance, showcasing a very different vocal style of Cherone, as well as Bettencourt’s ability on keys. Break time over, and we get Suzi, and Flight Of The Wounded Bumblebee, with fret work that would give Satriani a run for his money. Play With Me wraps up the set with Cupid’s Dead in the end credits.
Included with the price of admission with this package is a documentary featuring past and current members talking about the bands roots, forming after playing as part of an Aerosmith tribute act, and Paul Geary’s departure to become a successful artist manager. Gary talks about his time in Van Halen, while Nuno reflects on Satellite Party, his project with Perry Farrell. It also includes interesting archive footage as well as a re-visit to Courtlen Recording studio where the recording began. The downside though is the amount of already seen performance footage from the main feature that pads the documentary.
This performance was a joy to watch. I couldn’t fault the production as the camera crew get everywhere. Extreme had a fun night in Vegas that night and it showed, even though the subdued crowd let the performance down a bit. The unnecessary padding of the documentary with more live footage is a bit off-putting, but as performances DVDs goes, it will fit in any collection.