Ask John Petrucci Anything!

The guitar god wants your questions, now!

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Today we got something special for all of our beloved UG users, really special.

We're giving you a chance to ask the one and only John Petrucci of Dream Theater anything you want. The only condition is that the rest of the community approves it.

So we've done this before, but here's a brief explanation anyway - you guys share your questions in the comments and/or upvote/downvote the questions by other users based on your preference. We'll sum up your votes in due time and personally present the top-rated questions to Mr Petrucci.

A few basic hints - please check if the question you want to ask hasn't been submitted already. Also, avoid questions that can be answered with one word, meaning that it's better for the question to start with "how" rather than "what."

So let's see what you got, guys!

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    hudsonstradlin
    Hi John, You have one of the best lead guitar faces ever. Do you think it's helped or harmed you in the bedroom?
    Zerath
    What are some artists that you are listening to currently? What where the most influental artist on your new record? Any chance for a new Liquid Tension record? What would you do if someone magically took your guitar-skills one day and you had to start from zero?
    dstar21
    John, What's your approach to songwriting? Where does your inspiration come from and how does that evolve (solo or collaboratively) into a finished product?
    Alex011
    Hello Mr. Petrucci! What do you think of Babymetal? (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (serious question though)
    sewoo55
    Hi John, what is your opinion on Devin Townsend and his music? Are you a fan of his music?
    tjompiskompis
    Hi John, Would there be any chance of doing the Nightmare Cinema thing again? Jordan can play guitar, and I'm sure Mike can plucka da bass if you ask him to!
    shwilly
    I hope your question makes its way to John ...unlike the "Ask Pixies Anything" and "Ask Soundgarden Anything" sessions which still haven't materialized
    hudsonstradlin
    thanks, bud. the Ask Soundgarden Anything did come up on the site. search for "soundgarden" under the "interviews" section, you'll find it there
    rickjarzy
    Dear Mr J. Belushi .... any plans for a new Blues Brothers Movie ?
    fromzero
    Its no secret that your style has been influenced by numetal, the song jaws of life off our your solo album sounds heavily influenced by the hit Limp Bizkit single, "Eat You Alive" had you hheard this song prior to writing the album?
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    TheStig1214
    Mr. Petrucci, A lot of guitarists that play 7 strings name you as an inspiration for doing so, what made you pick up an extended range guitar?
    Campion95
    Hi Mr. Petrucci, first I just want to say that you're my all time favourite guitarist and thanks for the inspiration. And now to the question. Would you ever consider Steven Wilson to produce a Dream Theater album?
    edgeyyz
    This seriously needs to happen. Everything SW touches is gold, and I can only imagine his input helping the album to be phenomenal.
    KrogerChad
    It wouldn't happen. Steven wouldn't want to because he only likes to produce when he's a fan of the band.
    Xraiser
    Hi John! When was the last time you tried to play something but couldn't because it was too difficult?