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John Petrucci

John Petrucci with Dream Theater in Rio 2008.
Background information
Birth name John Peter Petrucci
Born July 12, 1967 (1967-07-12) (age 42)
Kings Park, Long Island, New York
Genres Progressive metal, instrumental rock, progressive rock, jazz fusion
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums
Years active 1985 - present
Labels Roadrunner/Sound Mind Music
Associated acts Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Explorers Club, Jon Finn Group, Nightmare Cinema
Notable instruments
Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Model

John Peter Petrucci (born July 12, 1967) is an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Along with his bandmate Mike Portnoy, he has produced all Dream Theater albums since their 1999 release, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour six times, more than any other invited guitarist. GuitarOne ranked him as the 9th Greatest Shredder of All Time. In 2009 he appeared in the No. 2 position (behind Dave Mustaine) in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.[1]



Petrucci attended Berklee College of Music in Boston with childhood friend John Myung (bass), where they met future bandmate Mike Portnoy (drums). These three in addition to another childhood friend of Petrucci and Myung, Kevin Moore (Keyboards), formed the band Majesty, which would later become Dream Theater.

While Dream Theater is what Petrucci is most commonly associated with, he is also a part of the project band Liquid Tension Experiment and has appeared as a guest on several records by other artists such as the Age of Impact album by the Explorer's Club.

Petrucci has released a guitar instructional video, "Rock Discipline", which covers warm up exercises, exercises to avoid injury while playing, alternate picking, sweep picking, chords and other techniques for developing one's guitar playing. Petrucci also has a book named "Guitar World presents John Petrucci's Wild Stringdom", which was compiled from columns he wrote for Guitar World magazine, bearing that same title.

In 2001 he was invited by Joe Satriani and Steve Vai to tour with them on the popular G3 guitar tour, which exposed him to a massive number of new fans and inspired him to record a solo album. Suspended Animation was released on March 1, 2005, and made available for order from his web site. He also appeared on the 2005, 2006 and 2007 G3 tours.

Petrucci also wrote and recorded two instrumental soundtrack songs for a Sega Saturn game titled Digital Pinball: Necronomicon. Each track is roughly two minutes long and they are simply titled "Prologue" and "Epilogue". In 2007, John Petrucci went on G3 tour again, this time with Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert.

Dream Theater bandmate Jordan Rudess revealed in an interview that Petrucci is a practicing Catholic.[2] Petrucci is married to Rena Sands, a guitarist in the all-female heavy metal band Meanstreak, and they have 3 children, Samantha and Reny (who are twins), and Kiara. He is also an avid fan of bodybuilding and dedicates much of his off time to weight training. [3]

He is a voting member of NARAS.

Musical style

Petrucci is respected for his variety of guitar styles and skills. One of the most notable of these is his high speed alternate picking which, as he himself claims, requires a "strong sense of synchronization between the two [playing] hands." John is notable for frequent use of the seven-string electric guitar, which he states is used as a "writing tool", taking advantage of the extended range both for heavier riffing (The Mirror) and to play extended range runs as part of a solo (This Dying Soul). On one of his guitar lesson videos he states that James Hetfield of Metallica had a great influence on him.[4] He has also cited Steve Morse as a major influence. In addition to this, he is greatly influenced by the emotion-driven guitar playing of David Gilmour. Perhaps the best examples of this are his guitar solo in 'Lines in the Sand' off Dream Theater's 1997 album 'Falling into Infinity', the extended solo section of 'A Change of Seasons', and the mellow, spacy segment near the end of 'The Count of Tuscany' from their latest release 'Black Clouds & Silver Linings'. Petrucci has also been known to directly incorporate riffs and solos from other bands into live Dream Theater performances. For example, Pink Floyd's 'Have a Cigar' and Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' are referenced during the performance of 'Peruvian Skies' from the 'Once in a Livetime' live album. Another example occurs in Dream Theater's live DVD 'Chaos in Motion', during the extended version of 'Surrounded'. Here, Petrucci incorporates the guitar solo from 'Mother' by Pink Floyd. The varied examples of this further demonstrate Petrucci's wide range of influences.


Studio albums

  • When Dream and Day Unite
  • Images and Words - Mesa Quad Preamp, Mesa Triaxis/2:90, Marshall JMP1 for Metropolis Pt.1, Roland JC120 for cleans.
  • Awake - Only album to be quadruple layered. 2 takes using Dual Rectifier, 2 takes using Mark IIC+
  • A Change of Seasons - Mark IIC+, Mark IV, TriAxis
  • Falling Into Infinity - Dual Rectifier, Mark IIC+, Mark IIB, Mark IV, TriAxis
  • Scenes From A Memory - Mark IIC+, Mark IV
  • Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Mark IIC+, Dual Rectifier
  • Train Of Thought - Road King Series I
  • Octavarium - Road King Series I, Mark IV, Lone Star
  • Systematic Chaos - Lone Star, Mark IV, Dual Rectifier
  • Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Lone Star, Mark IV, Mark IIC+, Mark V
  • Suspended Animation (solo cd) - Roadking Series 1, Mark IIC+
  • Liquid Tension Experiment - TriAxis, 2:90 power amp
  • Liquid Tension Experiment 2 - Mark IIC+, Mark IV


  • I&W Tour - 2 Triaxis Preamps (one for backup), 2:90 power amp, Mesa Abacus+Mesa Midi Matrix for switching
  • Scenes From NY - Triaxis, Dual Rectifier, Mark IIC+, Mark IV, Formula Preamp, 2:90 power amps
  • Live At Budokan - Road King Series 1 (x3), Lonestar (x2)
  • Score - Custom Built "Nunya" Preamp, Formula Preamp, mesa 2:100 power amp, 4 Mesa 4x12's and 4 Mesa 2x12's. Midi switching by Steen Skrydstrup.
  • 2005 G3 Tokyo - Dual Rectifier (x2) Road King (x2)
  • 2007 G3 tour - Mark IV (x2), Formula preamp
  • 2007 Systematic Chaos Tour - Mark IV (x2), Lonestar (x1). TC Electronic 2290, M3000, Eventide Ultra Harmonizer, Jim Dunlop rack wah & various stomp boxes. Midi switching by Axess Electronics
  • 2009 BC&SL Tour Mark V(x3), Dunlop Rack Wah, TC Electronics M3000(x3), Eventide,

Black Clouds and Silver Linings Tour Complete Gear List

  • Guitars:

11x Music Man John Petrucci BFRs (6, 7, and Baritones. 6 and Baritones in different tunings and a backup Standard E plus a double neck)

  • Rack:

3x Mesa/Boogie Mark V, 1x TC Electronics C400XL Compressor/ Gate, 3x TC Electronics M3000, 1x TC Electronics 1210 Spatial Expander/Stereo Chorus/Flanger, 1x Eventide H7600 Harmonizer, 1x Dunlop DCR-IFC Rack Wah, 1x Keeley Modded Tube Screamer TS-9DX Flexi, 1x MXR EVH Flanger, 1x MXR EVH Phaser,

  • Pedalboard:

1x Axess Electronics FX-1 Midi Foot Controller w/ expander, 2x Dunlop DCR-IFC Wah Controllers (one for pedalboard and one on center stage for solos), 1x Ernieball 25k Stereo Volume Pedal, 1x Boss TU-2 Tuner,

  • Cabinets:

8x Mesa Boogie Stileto Cabinets with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers

  • Pickups:

DiMarzio Crunch Lab (Bridge), DiMarzio LiquiFire (Neck)

  • Strings:

Ernie Ball RPS

  • Picks:

Jim Dunlop JP Shield Black Jazz III (Black Jazz III picks with his logo engraved on them)

  • Cables

Mogami Neutrik

  • Straps:

DiMarzio Black Cliplock


Year Title Label Notes
1985 The Majesty Demos The Original CD had no label. It was just for the students at Berklee. Ytse Jam Records then re-released the album in 2003 A rare CD recored for Berklee College of Music with Kevin Moore as their keyboardist and Chris Collins as their signer. Ytse Jam Records then re-released the album as an official bootleg. They play a song of this album called Another Won on their 20th Anniversary DVD, Score.
1989 When Dream and Day Unite MCA/Mechanic First Dream Theater studio album.
1991 Images and Words Atlantic/ATCO Again with Dream Theater, introducing the new lead singer James LaBrie.
1993 Live at the Marquee WEA International First Dream Theater live album.
1994 Awake EastWest The last Dream Theater album with Kevin Moore as keyboard player.
1995 A Change of Seasons (EP) EastWest Dream Theater EP, introducing Derek Sherinian as new keyboard Player.
1994 Working Man Magna Carta A Rush tribute.
1997 Falling into Infinity Elektra Last Dream Theater album with Derek Sherinian.
1997 Dragon Attack CNR Music A tribute to Queen
1998 Guitar Battle Viktor Various Artists
1998 Liquid Tension Experiment Magna Carta Project with Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess and Tony Levin
1998 Once in a LIVEtime Elektra 2CD recorded in Paris, France.
1998 Age of Impact Magna Carta Explorers Club
1998 Wicked The Orchard Jon Finn Group
1999 Liquid Tension Experiment 2 Magna Carta Second album with Liquid Tension Experiment
1998 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory Elektra Jordan Rudess as new keyboard player for Dream Theater, the band's first concept album.
2001 An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess Sound Mind Music A live album with keyboard player Jordan Rudess
2001 Feeding the Wheel Magna Carta Jordan Rudess solo album, Petrucci is featured on guitar.
2001 Live Scenes From New York Elektra 3CD recorded in New York, U.S..
2002 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Elektra Dream Theater's first studio double album. Notably heavier than previous releases, containing more prominent guitar riffing and solos than previous Dream Theater records.
2003 Train of Thought Elektra Dream Theaters heaviest release to date.
2004 Live at Budokan Atlantic Dream Theater 3CD/2DVD combination recorded in Tokyo, Japan. First Official DVD with Jordan Rudess
2004 Suspended Animation Sound Mind Music John Petrucci's first and only solo album (mainly he made this to perform at the G3 concerts).
2005 G3: Live in Tokyo Sony Plays on G3, with guitarists Steve Vai and Joe Satriani
2005 Octavarium Atlantic Dream Theater's last album with Atlantic Records Group.
2006 Score Rhino Entertainment 3CD/2DVD recorded at Radio City Music Hall on April 1, 2006 New York, U.S. Dream Theater's 20th Anniversary!
2006 Blood of the Snake - Derek Sherinian Inside Out Music Played guitar on first track "Czar Of Steel".
2006 Loudspeaker - Marty Friedman Mascot/Avex Special guest guitarist
2006 Systematic Chaos Roadrunner Records First album released under Dream Theater's new contract with Roadrunner Records on June 5, 2007.
2008 Chaos in Motion Roadrunner Records A live album documenting the band's 2007/2008 Chaos in Motion and Progressive Nation tours included extended versions of Take the Time and Surrounded. Also features a medley of Trail of Tears, Finally Free, Learning to Live, In the Name of God, and Octavarium.
2009 Black Clouds & Silver Linings Roadrunner Records Released on June 23, this is Dream Theater's tenth studio album.


Year Title Notes
1993 Images and Words: Live in Tokyo First Dream Theater live DVD. Includes extended version of Take the Time.
1995 Rock Discipline - VHS John Petrucci does a DVD on guitar warmups, tricks, exercises, and his gear.
1998 5 Years in a LIVEtime The only live Dream Theater DVD with Derek Sherainian.
2001 Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York
2002 Rock Discipline - DVD
2004 Live at Budokan
2005 G3: Live in Tokyo
2006 Score 2DVD recorded at Radio City Music Hall on April 1, 2006 New York, U.S. Dream Theater's 20th Anniversary!
2007 Chaos in Progress: The Making of Systematic Chaos DVD included in the special edition of Systematic Chaos
2008 Chaos in Motion Released September 30, 2008. Documents the band's 2007/2008 Chaos in Motion and Progressive Nation tours.

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