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.