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Extreme, live in Uncasville

Live Review

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

First night: 80s funksters launch short Pornograffitti tour in Connecticut

Booing certainly isn't the planned walk-on for Extreme. A delayed soundcheck holds the doors before the band finally take the stage an hour later than advertised, and it takes several songs to even out the front of house mix and bring the vocals to a proper level. Repeated apologies are made throughout the set, but the wait is well worth it in the end.

Just four days prior to the release of a deluxe edition of Extreme II: Pornograffitti, this first in a brief run of dates to commemorate its twenty-fifth anniversary dusts off the album and reaffirms its importance in establishing Extreme as more than just a Van Halen knockoff. The onstage posturing reveals singer Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt still nicking a page or two from the Aerosmith playbook, but all of Pornograffitti, performed in its original running order, celebrates the individuality of the album, and the band, both then and now.

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