Did You See Extreme Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt Onstage With Rihanna at the Super Bowl?

Metal at Rihanna’s Super Bowl? Well… hey. Did you catch the pop star’s stunning halftime show at Super Bowl LVII on Sunday (Feb. 12)?

If so, you may have found a talented rocker on stage with her. But the presence of guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, the influential lead guitarist of the glam metal act Extreme, has made more of an impact on the NFL spectacle. Will it appease rock and metal fans flocking for guitar music from

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During Rihanna’s 15-minute Super Bowl performance, Bettencourt was the most visible of her live band when she performed the 2009 Jay-Z single “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna and Kanye West. It stood out.

When Rihanna was announced as the halftime performer for 2023, many rock and metal fans wondered why Rihanna was overlooked at the big game yet again.

“The NFL plays rock/metal songs in NFL-related commercials when players take the field, when they show game highlights, when the game starts,” said one listener and football fan. I was. It pointed out on Twitter.

Rihanna and Nuno Bettencourt

Betancourt on stage with Rihanna. (YouTube: NFL)

Still, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has been producing halftime shows since 2020. In 2022, hip-hop his artist Dr. Dre will perform with his fellow hip-hop stars his Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar. The previous year it featured R&B singer The Weeknd.

another fan Illustrated At the time, “All you hear in most NFL stadiums during games is hard rock/heavy metal. But when it comes to Super Bowl bands like Metallica, you can’t even smell it. Why?”

Bettencourt previously toured as Rihanna’s lead guitarist on the ‘Loud Tour’ (2010), ‘Last Girl on Earth’ (2010-11), ‘777 Tour’ (2012) and ‘Diamond World Tour’. (2013). .

“It’s a difficult gig,” the guitarist said in 2014. … from basic pop songs like ‘Umbrella’ to reggae his songs, club tracks, even punk songs and R&B tunes.

He adds:

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