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. Then some of my friends suggested I check out Floyd. They were like, 'You have to turn off all the lights and listen to the whole thing with headphones.' It was like a ritual. It ended up being a real influence on my desire to make records that had a certain flow, that encapsulated an experience. I like to listen to albums like you watch a movie. You don't just watch a scene or ten minutes and that's it - you watch the movie. It's the same with Dark Side...Start listening and you can't help but listen to the whole album."
"There's a song on our new album called 'Breaking All Illusions' where the guitar solo is totally influenced by those hypnotic Pink Floyd breakdowns," Petrucci continues. "And I admit that what's going through my head is, What would David Gilmour do? You think of the most memorable, melodic solos by him and people can literally sing them. That's the level you're looking to achieve as a guitar player."
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