Petrucci Talks New Dream Theater And Personal Influences

Dream Theater's John Petrucci discusses what the bands upcoming album is like, some of his early influences, and what it was like working without a drummer.

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Progressive metal legends Dream Theater have scheduled a September 13th release date for their aptly named upcoming studio album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events". The band's guitarist, John Petrucci, took some time to discuss the sound and structure of the new material. "It's everything that makes Dream Theater what it is. It's all our elements - metal elements, progressive elements, melodic elements, and all the playing and fusion elements we've always had", said Petrucci in an interview with Revolver Magazine (according to Blabbermouth.net). "I try to stay pure to the initial conception of our band; we're a progressive band and we're a metal band, mixed." "We always try to push some sort of boundary and do something that's a little bit different, some sort of element we haven't done before. You'll hear that for sure", Petrucci continued. "You don't want to repeat yourself, but at the same time it's important to stay focused on what makes up the sound of the band." Petrucci also talked about some of the progressive bands and songs that influenced him in his youth and how their style continues to have an impact on Dream Theater's music and composition: "My favorite bands growing up were Yes and Rush, so 'Hemispheres', 'Close To The Edge', 'And You And I' - those big, dramatic songs are a huge part of what we do, married with the metal sound and melodic sound that makes us unique." And of course, as of late no Dream Theater news could be complete without some mention of drummer Mike Portnoy's departure from the group: "I love Mike", Petrucci commented. "We've known each other for so long... I met him when I was, what, 17? We went to Berklee together. We went through everything. He's an awesome guy." "It was a heartbreaking chapter in our lives, but it's just one of those things in life where there's a big change, and you don't expect it, and what matters is the way face that change. You can embrace it or you can run from it. We just chose to move on." The guitarist also provided some insight on the song-writing process that occurred without any drummer: "We wanted to focus and get back to that sort of writing and arrangement that happens between guitar players and keyboard players in an intimate situation, where you can really get into the raw structure of the songs and reach down deep and put forth your best work."

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    Randomrings
    anybody who has internet access and cared enough about dream theater and their influences already found that quite obvious. i also like how interviews keep happening to start media drama between portnoy and the rest of the band when its pretty obvious that it's not that big of a deal. They're trying to pick up any bit of tension. its kind of hilarious
    napalm890
    Really, a progressive metal guitarist was influenced by the best progressive rock band of the past several decades?
    guitarmazdur
    haha Petrucci is the man. Rush was the very first progressive band i ever heard growing up. i still remember the fist time i heard YYZ. and it was NOT from the video game 'Rockband' real musicians play REAL instruments
    da.benson8r
    shredder3386 wrote: +1.... I would rather hear about DT any day of the week rather than what Slash ate for breakfast last Tuesday or how Dave Mustaine can't play "I ain't Superstitious" because being superstitious is an affront to God or whatver
    +1
    Martindecorum
    COBHC_Erick429 wrote: kinda funny he said he wanted to push some sort of boundary, yet the latest single sounds like something theyve done before, over and over and over and over and over and over again.
    Concept of a single is lost on you isn't it
    COBHC_Erick429
    kinda funny he said he wanted to push some sort of boundary, yet the latest single sounds like something theyve done before, over and over and over and over and over and over again.
    AllYourBass
    And of course, as of late no Dream Theater news could be complete without some mention of drummer Mike Portnoy's departure from the group
    Sure it could. Don't ask about it
    buchla200
    Not enough news about Dream Theater... please update us more regularly. I think an hour by hour update would be the minimum we need. Thx
    shredder3386
    agm_ultimatex wrote: @buchla200 don't like, it don't read it .
    +1.... I would rather hear about DT any day of the week rather than what Slash ate for breakfast last Tuesday or how Dave Mustaine can't play "I ain't Superstitious" because being superstitious is an affront to God or whatver