Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Names Five Albums That Changed His Life

 
In a new interview for Noisecreep, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has named five albums that changed his life. Among the descriptions of his five choices (which we're not going to reveal here): "The combination of the energy, the harmonies and intricate chord changes, opened up my mind to the possibilities of what I could do with a keyboard." "It literally sounded like his guitar was talking.
More …

EXCLUSIVE - Dream Theater Lyric Video Contest Winners!

 
Back in September, we announced a contest: Create a lyric video for a song from Dream Theater's latest album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, and you'd win a copy of the CD signed by all five members of the band. We got a lot of entries, and we've finally sat down and chosen the five that truly impressed us. Now, the five prizes are identical, so these clips aren't in order from #5 to #1.
More …

Video: Dream Theater's John Petrucci Interviewed By iGuitar Online Magazine

 
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently sat for a lengthy interview when the band was playing in Wolverhampton, England, and the whole thing - along with an in-depth feature about him and the band - is part of the latest issue of iGuitar online magazine. To read the story and watch the whole 27 and a half minute interview, go here, but you can see a short clip below. .
More …

Video: Two-Part Interview With Dream Theater's John Petrucci

 
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently sat for an extensive interview with the Canadian website WatchMojo.com. In this first of two clips, he discusses the band's latest album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, what the band's goals were in making the record, and where he sees it fitting into the band's discography. Here's a second clip, in which Petrucci discusses former drummer Mike Portnoy's departure from a very personal standpoint, and discusses the audition process by which Mike Mangini joined the group: .
More …

Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Interviewed

 
Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess was interviewed by a site called The Great Southern Brainfart (no, really), and it's a pretty interesting conversation. He talks about his classical training, why he didn't join Dream Theater the first time they asked him, and much more. Rudess describes his musical evolution, from classical to hard rock and metal, as follows: "I started out picking up the piano by ear which quickly led to more of a formal background.
More …

Making Memories: Classic Roadrunner Live Albums

 
Story by Leonard Pierce Live albums can be a tricky proposition. The worst of them are cheap cash-ins, inessential releases for collectors only; but at their best, they come close to replicating the unforgettable atmosphere of actually being there when a great band hits a groove in front of an energetic and responsive audience.
More …

Dream Theater's John Petrucci Talks Pink Floyd

 
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently spoke to the highly regarded UK music magazine MOJO about his love for Pink Floyd and the band's influence on his own band's work. Says Petrucci, "Dark Side of the Moon came along first for me when I started to get into playing guitar. I was younger so I was more into the rock and metal that was out - Zeppelin, Sabbath and AC/DC.
More …

Get Dream Theater News