Steven Tyler & Nuno Bettencourt Have Big Time Chemistry On “More Than Words”

Picture this: Nuno Bettencourt, the virtuoso guitarist from Extreme, joining forces with none other than the legendary Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame. It happened at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, where Tyler graced the stage as a surprise guest. The chemistry between them was palpable as they belted out an acoustic rendition of Extreme’s chart-topper “More Than Words.”

In a performance that’s garnered over 20 million views on YouTube, Tyler took the lead vocals while Bettencourt provided the musical backdrop on his acoustic guitar. Despite his guitar virtuosity being his hallmark, Bettencourt’s vocal prowess shone brightly, particularly in the ethereal falsetto parts of the chorus. The collaboration was nothing short of magical.

Tyler, known for his powerhouse vocals and magnetic stage presence, injected a bluesy grit into the song, adding a fresh dimension to the beloved ballad. Remarkably, at 67 years old, Tyler showcased his vocal agility, proving once again why he’s regarded as one of rock’s finest voices. Together, Tyler and Bettencourt exuded the X-factor, captivating audiences with their sheer musicality and charisma.

But the magic didn’t stop there. The duo cranked up the energy with a rendition of Aerosmith’s 1993 hit “Livin’ on the Edge,” accompanied by a full rock band, vocal trio, and even a symphony orchestra. The result? An epic performance that breathed new life into the iconic rock anthem. Bettencourt’s blistering guitar solo was, unsurprisingly, a highlight of the show.

Fans were quick to praise the collaboration, with comments flooding in about the undeniable chemistry between the two rock icons. For many, it was a moment that left them wondering what could have been if this collaboration had happened earlier in their careers.

“More Than Words” was a fitting choice for the occasion, given its status as Extreme’s biggest hit. The acoustic ballad, penned by Gary Cherone and Bettencourt, struck a chord with audiences worldwide, earning the band their first Billboard Hot 100 number one single. Its departure from Extreme’s funk metal roots showcased a softer, more introspective side of the group, earning them legions of new fans.

Written as the third single from their album “Pornograffitti,” “More Than Words” propelled the record to double Platinum status in the US and Platinum in the UK. Its enduring appeal continues to resonate, making it a timeless classic in the annals of rock history.

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