Nuno Bettencourt: "Kurt Cobain had more vibe, feel and atmosphere than half of the guitar players who were shredding"

Nuno Bettencourt performs with Extreme at Wembley Stadium in London during the The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness on April 20, 1992
(Image credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The following interview with Nuno Bettencourt first appeared in the March 1997 issue of Guitar World.

To shred or not to shred? That is the pressing question beleaguered speed masters of yore have been asking themselves. Ridiculed for their faster-than-thou aesthetic, bummed by alternative rock's iron grip on the charts, shredders across the U.S.A. struggle daily with their terrible dilemma.

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