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Nuno Bettencourt

Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt is a Portuguese-American guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer. He became known as the lead guitarist of the Boston rock band Extreme, he has recorded a solo album as well as having founded bands including Mourning Widows, Population 1, DramaGods, The Satellite Party. In 2007 he reunited with Extreme to record new music and tour. Bettencourt was born on September 20, 1966 in Praia da Vitória, Azores, Portugal, to Ezequiel Mendes Bettencourt and wife Aureolina da Cunha Gil de Ávila; when he was four years old, his family, including brothers Luís and Roberto, moved to Hudson, Massachusetts. Bettencourt lived on Main Street in Hudson for twenty-one years. Bettencourt had little interest in music, wanting to become an actor and preferring to spend his time playing hockey and football, his first instrument was the drums and he played them until his brother, Luís, started teaching him the guitar. While Bettencourt was slow to adopt the instrument under his brother's tutelage, his skills developed when he began teaching himself, he has mentioned in many interviews that he would skip many school days to practice upwards of seven hours a day.

In his sophomore and junior years of high school, Bettencourt dropped out of sports so he could focus on playing guitar. He dropped out of high school altogether, for the same reason; as a guitarist, one of Bettencourt's earliest influences was Eddie Van Halen. However, as he developed his craft as a guitarist and a songwriter, his influences expanded to embrace the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pat Travers, Paco de Lucía, Al Di Meola and Kayak. Unable to make a dent in the music world with his Boston-based hair-metal act Sinful, Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player after he joined the Boston-area group Extreme in 1985. Signed to A&M Records shortly after Bettencourt joined the group, the band released its debut record, Extreme, in 1989, he provided rhythm guitar on the single version of Janet Jackson's "Black Cat," which became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, Extreme released their most critically acclaimed album, which included the hits "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted".

The album has one of Bettencourt's most impressive guitar solos to date, The "Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee"—an interpretation of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee"—as the intro guitar solo to the track "He-Man Woman Hater". Pornograffitti garnered admiration for Bettencourt from rock guitar enthusiasts, he was voted "Best New Talent" in a 1991 readers' poll by Guitar World magazine, that magazine named him "Most Valuable Player" of 1991. The band followed up with III Sides to Every Story in 1992. Bettencourt composed and arranged the brass and string sections for this album and the full orchestra on the album. In 1995, Extreme released the album Waiting for the Punchline, but the band broke up in 1996 when Bettencourt expressed his desire to follow a solo career. Shortly after, singer Gary Cherone went on to become the lead singer of Van Halen. In 2007, the band reformed with the original line up to begin work on a new album, Saudades de Rock, released on August 12, 2008, subsequent tour.

In 1997, Bettencourt released his first solo effort, which he had been working on for five years. The album was not a commercial success. On December 16, 1997, Bettencourt's new band Mourning Widows released their self-titled debut album in Japan on Polydor Records, it sold 45,000 in the first month. The band featured his brother Roberto Carlos's son Donovan Bettencourt on bass and New York drummer Jeff Consi. In 2000, Mourning Widow's follow-up, Furnished Souls for Rent released in Japan, in the U. S. Both Mourning Widows releases cultivated a strong following in New England. In 2008, Bettencourt was featured on the soundtrack for the motion picture Smart People. Bettencourt is credited on the cover on the soundtrack as well; the soundtrack features the Gary Cherone track, "Need I Say More", Baby Animals selections. The album is available on iTunes; the following year, Bettencourt was featured in a song and video called "Best Night Ever" by Marshall Eriksen, a character on How I Met Your Mother. The video was a parody of Extreme's "More Than Words" video, in which the entire main cast of How I Met Your Mother made appearances.

Bettencourt formed the recording entity Population 1 and released the self-titled and self-produced 2002 release, Population 1, on Universal/Japan and YBM/Korea. In support of the Population 1, release in Japan and Korea, Bettencourt assembled a band with Joe Pessia on bass, Steve Ferlazzo on keyboards and back-up vocals, Kevin Figueiredo on drums and back-up vocals. Steve Ferlazzo was featured in Cherone's next band incarnation effort after Van Halen's breakup Tribe of Judah. In 2004, Population 1 released Sessions from Room Four as well as an east coast tour in the fall of that year. Due to legal issues, the name Population 1 was dropped in 2005 and the band was renamed to Near Death Experience again, renamed to DramaGods. DramaGods released their first album in December 2005 available as an import via Victor Entertainment; the band made their record available as a digital download on iTunes in early 2006. DramaGods are seeking a record deal

2016 Belgian Grand Prix

The 2016 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 28 August 2016 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. It was the thirteenth round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, marks the seventy-second running of the Belgian Grand Prix and the fifty-ninth time the race was held at Spa-Francorchamps. Mercedes driver and defending race winner Lewis Hamilton entered the race leading the World Drivers' Championship by nineteen points ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes held a lead of 159 points. Red Bull Racing was lying second, having passed Ferrari in the standings at the previous round in Germany. Nico Rosberg won this Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton and third respectively. Hamilton received a multi-grid penalty before the start of the race. Hamilton retained the championship lead, with Rosberg closing the gap to nine points. Red Bull's Max Verstappen and both Ferraris were involved in an incident at the start of the race.

The race was stopped on lap 9 after Kevin Magnussen crashed at Raidillon, suffering a 12.5G impact, causing structural damage to the armoured collision barrier and tyre wall which required repairs, before the race could resume under green flag conditions. Magnussen suffered a cut on his ankle but no serious injury. Esteban Ocon made his Formula One début, replacing Rio Haryanto at MRT. Haryanto stayed with the team, filling a reserve role. Tyre supplier Pirelli provided teams with the super-soft and medium compounds for the races. Drivers were supplied with two sets of "prototype" soft tyres for use in the Friday practice sessions, which were designed to provide similar lap times and performance to the existing soft compound whilst being more durable when striking kerbs and going beyond track limits; the prototype tyres were introduced to allow Pirelli to gain data on their performance ahead of their competitive début in Malaysia, where they will replace the existing soft compound. Both Honda and Mercedes introduced upgrades to their power units for the race, while Sauber brought their first updates of the season for the C35 chassis.

Lewis Hamilton, Marcus Ericsson and Fernando Alonso took grid penalties for exceeding their season allocation of engine components. Hamilton received a second set of penalties when Mercedes introduced a seventh turbocharger and MGU-H ahead of the second free practice session. Mercedes deliberately took the penalties as they sought to stockpile new components for the remainder of the season, deeming the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to be a venue where the potential for overtaking offset the penalties. Esteban Gutiérrez received a five-place grid penalty for dangerous driving during the final practice session when Pascal Wehrlein was forced to take evasive action and cross the grassy verge on the inside of Raidillon to avoid contact. On race day, Mercedes removed a seal on the gearbox of Hamilton's car so he could take a new gearbox at the next race, giving the world champion an additional five place grid penalty; the penalty was incorrectly issued and designated Hamilton to start from the pit lane.

Notes: ^1 – Esteban Gutiérrez received a five-place grid penalty for impeding Pascal Wehrlein during the final practice session on Saturday. ^2 – Marcus Ericsson was penalised 10 grid places for unscheduled power unit element changes. ^3 – Lewis Hamilton received a 60-place grid penalty after Mercedes opted to replace several elements on his power unit remove a seal from his gearbox. ^4 – Fernando Alonso received a 60-place grid penalty after McLaren opted to replace several elements on his power unit. As Alonso failed to set a qualifying time, his participation in the race came at the stewards' discretion. Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings