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Boston’s very own Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt of multi-platinum recording band EXTREME are performing the National Anthem this Saturday, May 26th at 7:00 PM at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game.

Most recently, in the celebration of Fenway Park’s centennial, Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt and Daniel Bard joined forces and recorded a version of the song “Let The Good Times Roll” available on the 100 Year Anniversary Red Sox Commemorative album. A portion of proceeds benefits the Red Sox Foundation.

Bettencourt will also be celebrating his special fan Darren Parker, who has self-proclaimed himself as one of Nuno’s biggest fans. The band and fans know him as NunoFreak. Darren has an inoperable brain tumor rendering him unable to work as his medical bills are mounting.

A fundraiser is being held on June 23 at Sleep’s Bar & Grill in Bluffs, IL which will include an auction, donations and freewill. Darren’s dream was to have Nuno show up but unfortunately he will be in London on tour with Rihanna. Bettencourt came up with a solution to help.

Last Friday, Nuno surprised Darren by calling him on the phone and invited him to be his special guest with Gary for the Red Sox game. This generous offer includes Darren to be on the field when they perform the National Anthem. After the Anthem, Nuno will gift him one of his Washburn Nuno Bettencourt N4 guitars so Darren can auction it on eBay to help cover his medical expenses. The Red Sox has kindly agreed to let Darren come in the afternoon to watch sound-check and then stay in the park to watch batting practice. “We are making this real special for him.” states Bettencourt. After the phone call with Nuno, Darren sent management an email saying that he “Literally had to pull the car over on the side of the road for 20 minutes to just process the conversation he just had with Nuno.”

Here is Darren’s website to learn more about his situation and the fundraiser.

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  1. The Slip

    Great story, best to Darren and so good of the band to make his dreams come true. Good luck with the fundraiser.

  2. Billy McDade

    You guy’s are doing a great thing for Darin. Darrin and I have been friends our whole lives and I have never known anyone to be as big of a fan as he his of EXTREME. We come from a town of 600 people and the entire town is so excited for Darrin and this oppertunity he has. We are all hoping and praying that he has a speedy recovery. Please come and join us to support Darrin at Sleepy’s bar and grill on June 23rd

  3. Bambi

    I have been telling the world just how amazing you guys are!!! You guys are the most awesome generous people that I know. I love how you are always so good to your fans!! Thanks for helping out my friend and another fan! I love you guys!!!

  4. Gene

    I cant get the game on my cable here. Can someone put the video on youtube or better yet post it here. Best of luck to Darren wish I lived closer to the fundraiser Id love to help out. A friend of Nuno is a friend of ours

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  6. Shock

    They did not even show it on Fox. Wish it was on NESN they would have shown it. Please put it up on this website.That would be cool.

  7. gOnXy

    Darren, keep the faith, never let you down and always try to find a solution, don’t stop. There’s somebody in the world who can find the solution to your problem. All the best… Gonzalo from Argentina

  8. Alicia Bowman

    Before last night I can’t say I have ever heard of the band. But I now will be looking for their music. Their rendition of the star Spangled Banner is the most beautiful I have ever heard. Thank you!

  9. Soxfan

    I was at the game- the rendition of the Anthem was amazing and the crowd loved it.

  10. montsi

    Nuno, the kindness of your heart it is even bigger that the wonderful talent that you have as musician. I am very proud of you!
    Darren it should be very happy for your help and friendship.
    Darren don’t lose the hope!

    Much love from Barcelona (Spain)

  11. Ray

    Nice to hear you supporting Fenway Sports Group and Redsox. Maybe as they own Liverpool Football here in the UK you can come and sign ‘You’ll never walk alone’ Our anthem – check U Tube xx

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