Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci gave an interview to Revolver in which he revealed he likes Soundgarden and Nirvana. Moreover, he added that they weren’t elitists about who to listen to.
John Petrucci is mostly known as a founding member and guitarist of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Along with that, he also produced or co-produced all of the band’s albums between 1999 and 2019. Even today, John Petrucci continues to contribute to the band’s success with his musical efforts since their formation in 1985.
Back in those days when Dream Theater was freshly formed, there were also two prominent rock bands present: Nirvana and Soundgarden. These bands both belonged to the Seattle grunge scene and were widely successful. Although Dream Theater and these bands are of different genres, it appears John Petrucci liked listening to them back then.
Speaking to Revolver for an interview, John Petrucci revealed if he liked the grunge acts in the early 1990s. He said that he liked Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Alice In Chains and claimed they were into good music regardless of the genre. The guitarist then stated there is a lot of ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s music he loves even though they play progressive metal. Following that, he went on to say they weren’t elitist about their music choices.
Answering whether he liked the grunge music of the early 1990s, John Petrucci told Revolver that:
“Absolutely, yeah. I liked Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, absolutely. We were definitely into whatever was happening at the time. As long as it was good music, we were into it.
There’s a lot of ’70s, ’80s, ’90s music that I love, and yeah, even though we were playing prog metal, even though ‘prog metal’ at the time wasn’t a thing when we started – it is now, but to us, it was just this weird music we were playing.
It didn’t mean that we weren’t still listening to U2 and Nirvana, and whatever bands were happening. We weren’t elitist about it.”
You can check out the rest of the interview below.