Rhianna’s Super Bowl Backing Band Featured Extreme Metal Guitarist

Rhianna, her backing band, and performers Photo by Anthony Behar/PA Images via Getty Images / Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images
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While Rhianna is awesome and a lot of people were happy to see her perform live, there are a lot of folks who wished that a metal or rock band performed the Super Bowl Halftime show; that said, if you paid close enough attention, you might have seen that a certain metal musician was part of Rhianna’s backing band.

As reported by Loudwire, among the musicians that made up Rhianna’s backing band, there was guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of the glam metal band Extreme.

Extreme is from Boston, Massachusetts, and was formed in 1985; their music is a blend of glam metal, funk metal, and hard rock. At the time of this writing, the band has released five studio albums, their most recent being 2008’s Saudades de Rock.

It is cool to see a metal musician as part of Rhianna’s performance, but what is even more interesting is that this is not the first time that Bettencourt has worked with the pop star.

Back in 2009, Bettencourt took part in Rhianna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour; since then, he has gone on to play the following tours:

Loud (2010), 777 (2012), and Diamonds World (2013).

He has also performed alongside her in several other TV performances.

If you did not happen to catch Rhianna’s performance, you can find a link to check out her show below. What other metal guitarists do you think should take part in future Super Bowl Halftime shows?

When it comes to this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show, you know who “wishes” they were Rhianna’s backup singers? Metallica. Per a tweet of theirs, the thrash metal titans jokingly expressed how “surprised” they were that the pop star did not invite them up on stage with her. They also shared a video of themselves singing the Rhianna song “Diamonds.” You can check out that video by following the link below.

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