I did see them last night. King's X opened and they were awesome as usual -- they played for an hour. Small place (Fillmore East/Irving Plaza) -- highlight was Doug singing Music Over My Head with the crowd, nobody in the band playing, it was like being part of gospel music, very organic. Really struck me this time how Doug has that rock star presence and the other guys, whom I like and are good, don't.
Ty played through Egnater amps, had some kind of two-humbucker Tele-shaped guitar with LP-style hardtail setup. As usual had a heavily processed signal. He mostly played chords -- not much riffing or lead work.
Extreme was great, and in saying that bear in mind I have high standards. They were tight as hell -- vocals, harmony vocals, new drummer is better than the old one to my ears, and Nuno hasn't lost a thing. In fact he might be even better. It was great to see a guitarist who is so rhythmically oriented and who has EVH-of-old-like chops. One time during a nutty run he faked yawning, just having fun. Amazing to see again how tough some of the stuff is to play -- last time I saw them was in the 90s.
They played 4-5 songs off the new CD, which I bought there. It's good. If Nuno isn't on the cover of one of the guitar mags soon, it will be a crying shame. I've read stories about Satch and Slash and Zakk being the "last of the guitar heroes." Satch does his own thing, but after seeing what I saw last night, Nuno smokes the other two easily.
Nuno played his N4 through what I guess are his signature Randall amps, very raw sound. Couldn't see FX, but his favorite was a flanger.
One more thing: Apparently Gary Cherone had a fever and was puking earlier in the day, but it didn't affect his performance.
Both bands are well worth seeing if they come your way.