First off, let me be clear that I'm not a music thief. I don't pirate peoples music. My policy on this has always been, if someone gives me a download of MP3s to check out a band, and I really like it, I buy it. If I don't, I delete it. I figure that way at least I gave them a shot to know for sure, but if I like them, I buy the CDs and rip my own MP3s. In fact, I found Circus Maximus on an internet radio station. Went and found a download for all of their (at the time, 3) albums. When I played through each one time, I immediately bought them all and ripped my own MP3s. So a couple weeks ago, a client bright a USB stick into my office with some music for me to check out. So, like any real Van Halen fan, I've always sort of not been a huge fan of Gary Cherone after III. He wrote most of that music and A) it wasn't Van Halen (except for Fire In The Hole) and B) I was not overly impressed with it. Plus, the Extreme that got all the radio play was Cold Hearted, More Than Words and Get The Funk Out. I have nothing against any of those songs, but didn't hear anything in them that made me think "Guitar hero." A couple months ago, Nuno and Gary were on Live at Daryl's House and they were really cool and Nuno definitely had some skills. So, when she offered me some Extreme, I figured I'd give it a try. NOW I know why 11 Top is always going on about Nuno. He can REALLY rip, and while he doesn't necessarily play like Van Halen, he does remind of of Eddie in how he can easily flow between precision and speed and serious vibe. She gave me 3 albums worth of MP3s, and by the time I'd gone through them all once, I know really know why people think he's such a great guitar players. HE IS! Totally! He can be ripping precisely one second and flow right into some looser vibey stuff and right back to speed, and do it all with great feel. So yes, I'm late to the party, but boy, Nuno is a GREAT guitar player!!! And yes, I'll be buying some of their music soon. And this is where Steve gets to say "Told you so (moron)!" And thanks for saying that last part under your breath.