DREAM THEATER Guitarist JOHN PETRUCCI On His Early Years - "I Would Practice For Six Hours A Day No Matter What; I Was Completely Addicted"

February 6, 2018, a year ago

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DREAM THEATER Guitarist JOHN PETRUCCI On His Early Years - "I Would Practice For Six Hours A Day No Matter What; I Was Completely Addicted"

In a new interview with Ultimate Guitar, Dream Theater guitar god John Petrucci singled out what he sees as the most critical discovery during his development as a guitar player.

Petrucci: "I discovered the metronome. As I started becoming better, friends of mine or their older brothers would say, 'Man, you gotta listen to the Dregs and Al DiMeola and Return to Forever. Let me show you this Allan Holdsworth thing. I started to get all this information thrown at me and it was really a challenge because I wasn't taking lessons or anything so it was really a challenge to try to develop my ear to figure out these things."

UG: Did you practice on your own when you weren't playing with bands?

Petrucci: "Once the bug bit me, I would spend every hour of the day and practice for six hours a day no matter what. I was completely addicted and consumed by it. It's all I wanted to do. When I graduated high school, I wanted to pursue a career so I went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston because that was the place guys I looked up to like Steve Vai and Al DiMeola went. I thought, 'That must be the place to go to because those guys went there.'"

Read the complete interview here.

In a career that has spanned in excess of 30 years and during which they have sold more than eight million albums, two-time Grammy-nominated US progressive-metal band Dream Theater has never done the predictable. This was evident with the release of their ambitious 2015 concept album The Astonishing and the elaborately-produced tour that followed.

Now Dream Theater is pleased to announce that they have signed with Sony Music worldwide, through Sony's leading progressive music label imprint InsideOutMusic, for the release of the band's forthcoming 14th studio album. They join an impressive roster of bands, many of which wouldn't exist without Dream Theater blazing a trail before them, and inspiring young musicians since the early '90s.

The band comments: "We are all really excited about signing a brand-new record deal with InsideOut/Sony! We've known Thomas Waber for a very long time and it's great to finally get a chance to work together. Thomas' enthusiasm, energy, music industry expertise and positive outlook towards the future of DT's recording career has been incredible to witness, and we have no doubt that being part of the InsideOut/Sony family will be an amazing creative and professional experience for all of us!"

InsideOutMusic Label Head / A&R Thomas Waber adds: "This is what the term 'coming full circle' was invented for. We've followed the band closely ever since they started touring in Europe in 1993, and there has been a lot of history and friendship between DT and us for close to 25 years. Stepping up to the plate to join with them for this next important chapter in their career feels like the natural and right thing to do. I can't wait to get started!"

Sony Music Germany CFO Philip von Esebeck continues: "This is an important signing in our goal to support and grow the InsideOutMusic label as a brand, and we are very excited at Sony Music to welcome Dream Theater to our roster of top-tier artists!"

Since completing the theatrical stage presentation/fifteen-month touring cycle for The Astonishing, Dream Theater have been circling the world in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the band's much-loved and gold-selling record Images & Words, their breakthrough album which spawned the Top 10 hit "Pull Me Under."

Beginning in February 2017, the band has played in Europe, Japan, Australia, India, South East Asia, and the Middle East and just finished up their tour in North America.

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