Nuno Bettencourt recently recalled a visit from Eddie Van Halen during the recording of Extreme’s upcoming album Six.
Here’s what Bettencourt told Total Guitar in an interview to appear in their upcoming issue.
I never record with anybody in the room. I need to black out when I play. Gary [Cherone] was in town and we were about to do some vocals. He went to lunch and I go, ‘Yeah, come back around one or two and I should be done with this solo.’
During recording the “Rise” solo, my phone is blowing up, and it’s pissing me off because Gary knows not to bother me while I’m recording guitars. He keeps calling me then he’s texting me, ‘Come downstairs, I’m in the front.’ After the third time I’m like, ‘I’m gonna punch this dude out! Something must be going on.’ I go down, open the door and it’s Edward Van Halen.
So we started talking. He’s like, ‘You guys working on an album?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m up in the studio, but I don’t want you to come up and hear it yet. When it’s done will you come back and hear me?’ Stupid now in retrospect, not letting him come up and listen, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Extreme has just release two more videos from Six, the band’s sixth studio album due out June 9th, which you can view below: