Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci had a recent interview with Consequence of Sound, and revealed that RUSH was the band that changed everything. He also stated that Rush was the first concert he ever went to.

Here is what John Petrucci said:

“To me, Rush was the band that changed everything. When I heard it, I just… I don’t know what it is about people and music…

When music just hits you in such a way, especially when you’re young, you’re influential and you’re sort of developing your tastes, and that band, there was something about it. I just loved it. And so I just got completely sucked into all things Rush.

One of my greatest musical memories has to do with them ’cause RUSH was the first concert I ever went to. Back in 1982, they were on the ‘Signals’ tour. They were playing the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

I went there and had the worst seats ever; they were so far away. But I just couldn’t believe that this was the band that I was listening to all this time, and here I am in the same building as them.

How is that possible? I was just blown away by the show and the production. And you can imagine what impact that had on me, eventually making that my career.”

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