John Petrucci, the founding member and the guitarist of Dream Theater, has talked about his brand new album, ‘Terminal Velocity,’ which was released on August 28, and revealed that he was inspired by Eddie Van Halen while creating his music.
In the middle of all the canceled and postponed shows in the music industry, the successful musician John Petrucci has come up with the new album this year. Reunited with his former bandmate, Mike Portnoy, 10 years after, Petrucci has produced a well well-received project.
‘Terminal Velocity,’ in which John also worked with the bass guitarist Dave LaRue and his longtime engineer James Meslin, was released by the Sound Mind Music/The Orchard.
Recently, Petrucci has given an interview to promote his new album on Sweetwater. During the conversation, he was specifically asked about one of the tracks from the album, ‘Snake in My Boot,’ that if he wanted to sound like Brian May and Eddie Van Halen, or maybe a little bit Chris Poland.
Implied that he is a fan of Eddie, John Petrucci said that he was exactly affected by him and also Brian May. He admitted that he was going for the sort of 1984 sound that Eddie had and wanted the sound of the song to be like kind of wide. John added that he used Eventide to do that, as Eddie Van Halen did.
Here is what John Petrucci said when asked if he was influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, and Chris Poland in his song, ‘Snake in My Boot’:
“Chris Poland I love, definitely, but I’ll have to take him off that list of guys. You nailed it with Eddie and Brian, that was my mindset. And I had this idea a long time ago, I’m glad I finally did it.
The idea was to have like an audience participation type of thing, and that’s probably the Queen thing, having some sort of rhythmical thing to start with, and just having a single guitar perform a piece.
And again, it does go into that Brian May thing where I just was always a fan about how that one guitar is just carrying the whole thing.”
“I broke my rule a little bit; there’s a couple of little overdubs here and there, but the main guitar is just is one performance, so the rhythm goes into the solo, goes back into the rhythm, goes into the solo – you won’t hear doubled rhythm tracks and overdubs and things like that.
The Eddie thing comes into play because I was going for the sort of ‘1984‘ sound that Eddie had – because the one guitar, I wanted it to be like kind of wide, so I used the Eventide to do that. I mean, that’s what Eddie did.”
You can check out the rest of the interview and listen ‘Snake in My Boot’ below.