John Petrucci: 'Metal Is Part of Youth Culture in South America, It's Like Another World'

Guitarist talks DVD release in new interview.

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Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has been talking with Loudwire about the band's recently released 'Live in Luna Park' DVD. In the interview, he noted how important it was for the band to make the film in South America: "We've done a bunch of other live DVDs, from Europe and Asia and in the United States, but never in South America so we thought it was finally time. They are just such an incredible audience down there. We've been going down there for a long time and South American fans are kind of famous for the amount of energy they deliver back to you while you're on stage. It's always kind of insane for us down there." He also mused on why the band’s music goes down so well in particular parts of the world: "It's hard for me to say for sure why our music is embraced or accepted in certain parts of the world more than others. I'm just not totally sure. Our music tends to be more demanding than straight ahead rock or pop. Maybe culturally there are just more complex rhythms and demanding music that a lot of these kids hear while they are growing up. Metal tends to be so much a part of the youth culture in South America, which probably makes it a little bit easier for them to get into what we do. I remember when we played Chile for the first time. There were 20,000 people there! We're always selling out arenas down in South America so it does become like another world for us. And I'd love to bottle all of that up and sprinkle it all over the globe (laughs). The bottom line is, they recognize our passion for sure and so we're really happy that we finally have had a chance to document all of the magic that we experience down there." "Live in Luna Park" is available now. You can watch the trailer below.

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    At least from the places I've been heavier rock/metal does seem to be pretty popular around South America.
    Yeah, you can see Megadeth in Buenos Aires, That One Night. The audience sang every song. She-Wolf is ****ing epic on that show.
    I think they should do another South American tour. It might be nice seeing them again.
    Estar durante el recital del Luna Park fue una experiencia unica... exitos para Dream Theater.