Nuno Bettencourt says Eddie Van Halen visited him while he was recording his Rise solo

Nuno Bettencourt
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Last month, Extreme marked their long-awaited return with Rise – their first single in 15 years, and the first to be lifted from their upcoming album, Six, which saw Nuno Bettencourt scale six-string heights that set the guitar world alight.

It was a monumental electric guitar effort from the virtuoso, who was able to tap into an otherworldly level of playing after setting himself a pretty lofty task: to carry Eddie Van Halen’s guitar fire.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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