Nuno Bettencourt on Rihanna Super Bowl halftime show appearance: "The hell with the NFL for not giving any love to the band"

Nuno Bettencourt (far left) performs with Rihanna and her band at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show held at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona
(Image credit: Christopher Polk/Variety/Getty Images)

Extreme electric guitar hero Nuno Bettencourt has had quite a year already.

In March, his band released Rise, a blazing comeback single highlighted by a jaw-dropping solo from Bettencourt that stands as arguably one of the most exciting and vital guitar statements, from anyone, in years.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.