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John Petrucci

Not all hard rock 'guitar heroes' that emerged during the late '80s-early '90s were instrumental solo artists, as evidenced by Dream Theater's John Petrucci. Born on July 12, 1967, and raised in Kings Park (a town located in the suburb of Long Island, New York), Petrucci got serious about guitar at the age of 12, and developed a liking for prog rock and heavy metal (Rush, Iron Maiden, Yes, and later, Metallica and Queensrÿche). But it was the technically demanding guitarists, like Yngwie Malmsteen, Allan Holdsworth, and especially, Steve Morse, who inspired Petrucci the most. Enrolling at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Petrucci befriended such fellow classmates as bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy, who would serve as the core for what would eventually be known as Dream Theater. Enlisting keyboardist Kevin Moore and singer Chris Collins, the quintet began playing and recording under the name of "Majesty", until they realized another group owned the rights to the name. Hence, by the late '80s, "Majesty" had changed their name to Dream Theater, and Collins was replaced by Charlie Dominici. The Dominici-led version of Dream Theater lasted for a single album, 1989's When Dream and Day Unite, before his exit early in the new decade. Despite building a sizeable following in the New York area, Petrucci and his bandmates were little known elsewhere, but this all changed with the arrival of new singer James LaBrie, and their sophomore effort, 1992's Images and Words. Despite a changing of tastes with most rock music fans (towards the sounds of Seattle), the album proved to be a breakthrough commercial success (as the song "Pull Me Under" became a surprise hit on both MTV and rock radio). Arguably, nobody in Dream Theater benefited the most from the sudden wave of success than Petrucci, who was instantly recognized as one of the most technically accomplished guitarists in all of hard rock -- winning polls in guitar publications the world over, as well as being mentioned in the same breath as such six string wiz's as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Like Vai and Satriani (who also hailed from Long Island, as well), Petrucci became affiliated with the Ibanez guitar company (even lending his name to his own signature series), before switching to the Ernie Ball company later on, and once more, launching his own signature series. Dream Theater continued to issue albums on a regular basis throughout the '90s and into the early 21st century -- retaining a large and loyal fan base even after MTV/radio stopped playing them. In addition to his Dream Theater duties, Petrucci has played with a variety of other projects (all in the prog metal mold), including Explorer's Club, Liquid Tension Experiment (which also included Portnoy, bass master Tony Levin, and eventual Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess), as well as supplying music to the Sega Saturn video game called Necronomicon. 2000 saw the release of a collaboration between Petrucci and Rudess, An Evening With John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess, while Petrucci joined forces with Vai and Satriani on tour as part of their annual G3 tour during the summer of 2001. ~ Greg Prato
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Amazing John !!!
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bertvo1
Great music to listen to while riding my motorcycle in the canyons. It is like riding a motorcycle and the music. Awsome
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Don't forget Shawn Lane's contribution s in the stratospheri c guitarist/mu s i c i a n realm.
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I'm gonna record a demo
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stop by:

david... radio
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s~
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YOWZAH ! Datz all I have ta say about dat..
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mine is jeff young
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Petrucci is possibly my most favorite guitarist, but if you ask me, Suspended Animation is nearly identical to Satch's style. I am not a huge fan of Satch. I hope Petrucci puts out another album, and that is why I am keeping him in the mix.
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hendrix sucks
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cstineway
Hendrix would have loved it
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I like Petrucci's work with DT better, but this is still good.
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eh, just another noodler...
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Not knocking this album, but it has a virtually identical sound to Joe Satriani. Given his band Dream Theater, I like Petrucci better than Satch, but would love to hear a followup album to Suspended Animation.
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psckam
The second 2006 G3 tour featured John Petrucci, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Performances were held across Australia from November 29, 2006 to December 8, 2006.
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brian.montan o
They all did a G3 tour together about 13 years ago. Yes it was amazing. To many guitarist and styles to classify the best just enjoy the music and don't fret about who's better than who.
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Petrucci blows away vai and satriani.
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Do NOT forget BUCKETHEAD!! !
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The guy below this forgot mark tremonti
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Stop raising the ceiling on what it takes to be a good guitar player. Sincerely, all other guitar players. For real though satch, vai, gilbert, petrucci, in that order; guitar legends at their finest.
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Glasgow kiss and s the best
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nicslager
Actually,Vai , P e t r u c c i , a n d Satch should hook up.
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nicslager
Agree
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Would totaly like to see him and Satriani hook up.
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Petrucci is God!
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I'm amazed that there is no biography on John considering he's been around since the inception of Dream Theater. A somewhat well known band.
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John Petrucci guitar playing is of if not the best around & of course Zaak Wilder of out of ozzys band.
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So amazing!!!
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nicslager
Anyone notice that Pandora looks different? If so, do you like how it looks?
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nicslager
Why doesn't have an artist page when dream theater does? Even if the bio is short its still a bio.
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nicslager
He never stops amazing me
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nicslager
His guitar playing is deadly!
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carlospepin
Striving for!!!!
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jconway777
John Petrucci – guitar, production

Dave DiCenso – drums (except track 3)

Tony Verderosa – drums (track 3), remixing

Dave LaRue – bass (except track 3)

Tim LeFebvre – bass (track 3)
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Sounds dope ��
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Ridiculous
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This guy just fucken smokes What else needs. to be said .
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Just wandering guy where I can download this album from because it's not available on I-TUNE
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All those guys are great u wankers some just more monotone than others ,this guy can mix it up more & have it still make since...
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Simon
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How about put up who's in the band with John P so we all know? What's the secret Pandora?
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Still want to see joining G3 again.
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Very classy as well as smoothly, on the rythym. Keep it up Petrucci.
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Who. Didn't listen 2 Jhon missed something
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Dream theater my fav band, i love jp solo but you definitly miss DR backing him up! Long live prog!
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joe is 1 and john petrucci is 1a hands down if you don't know listen to bodies of work
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anthonysalva t o 4 4
Petrucci is a total boss at gutair
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Welcome Natmine! Just got a notice from Pandora you joined in! Let's ride 2gether & enjoy! This ones 4u bud!
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I love John's tech so much
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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Wishful Thinking is beautiful
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