Rating: 8.5 out of 10
It’s not often I come across a Live DVD that my wife doesn’t bitch at me to turn down the volume on the receiver, let alone one that we both had the pleasure of watching my 3 year old daughter rock out to. Enter “Take Us Alive” the latest offering from a newly reunited Extreme. After hearing the first song, “Decadence Dance”, and seeing the cohesiveness of the newly reunited Extreme, I was already on my way to giving one of my favorite bands of the early 90′s two thumbs up. Meanwhile, the wife was giving me one brow down, you know… “the look”. It only took two more songs, when the band performed their classic “Rest in Peace”, before her one brow down turned to two thumbs up.
By the time Track 7 came around, a medley which begins with the oft-forgotten hit “Kid Ego”, I was ready to throw the horns up. But somebody already did it for me…my three year old daughter. Not only was she “both horns up”, but she was headbanging like she was at a Metallica show! At this point, with the whole family digging it, I almost felt like I had to excorcise them from the room and wash the gay off of me. But the hits kept rolling and the music took over, not to mention the fact that bassist Pat Badger was rocking a New England Patriots logo on his axe. The boys hit us with classics like “Play With Me” and “More Than Words”, among others. All along the way singer Gary Cherone‘s often underrated vocal skills shine, and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt continues his amazing string shredding ways at 43 years young.
After ripping through a solid performance which culminated with the staple “Get the Funk Out”, the boys from Boston weren’t done. There was a little more in store for the home crowd, providing an encore consisting of “Am I Ever Gonna Change”, and one of my all time favorite ballads “Hole Hearted”.
After several on again, off again reunions, it appears that Extreme is back, and this time they mean business. Rarely will you see a band with this type of instrumental and vocal skill, that appeals to the masses…but this is it. This DVD comes very highly recommended.
For more info on Extreme, including tour dates, and to purchase the DVD, visit their websitehere.