John Petrucci, the guitarist of Dream Theater, is one of the most respected guitarists in the guitar world.  He is a complete phenomenon with his unique style and fast working technique.

Nowadays, Youtube culture is a part of our everyday life, and it is now possible to see the really fast guitar-playing guitarists who share their videos on Youtube. John Petrucci turned mad when he saw the video of an asian kid playing a guitar faster than himself on Youtube. The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman says so.

Ben Weinman told this story in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar. He said:

“Definitely. I don’t sit around trying to outplay people. I’ve many times heard of guitar players who’ve got massively depressed when they found other people who could play something at a faster BPM or someone new came along and was out-shredding them or something like that.


We played with Dream Theater many, many years ago and I remember one day Petrucci wouldn’t come out of his dressing room because he found some Japanese kid who could play something a couple BPMs faster than him. He was so pissed off he just sat in there practicing like, ‘I gotta beat it!’

I didn’t really ever understand that. I was like, ‘Man, I wanna go check out catering and meet people and talk to people.’ That’s part of the experience of why I’m doing this – so I can kind of see the world and get influences from outside. Even recently I was reading a little bit about Randy Rhoads because it would have been his 60th birthday the other day [December 6]. I remember him going to see Van Halen for the first time – with Quiet Riot or whatever.

The asian kid who pisses John Petrucci might be the following. Check it out the video from below. But I’m not sure that person is Asian.