Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci joined No F’n Regrets with Robb Flynn for an interview during which he admitted that he wants to present performances on the level that Rush did.
In 1985, John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy formed Dream Theater. The trio decided to found a band when they were attending the Berklee College of Music. Back then, they started by covering Rush and Iron Maiden songs in the rehearsal rooms at Berklee.
When forming the band, they first agreed on the name Majesty. This was because when listening to the band, Portnoy stated the ending of the Rush’s ‘Bastille Day’ sounds ‘majestic.’ As part of the ‘big three’ of the progressive metal genre, Dream Theater gradually rose to prominence.
Throughout their career, Petrucci, Portnoy, and Myung were highly influenced by Rush. Besides, they were also inspired by other progressive rock, heavy metal, speed metal, and glam metal bands. Together, those influences created Dream Theater’s unique and distinctive sound.
In an interview by No F’n Regrets with Robb Flynn, John Petrucci talked about how he would like to present shows on the stage. He said that he takes Rush, one of his favorite bands, as an example, and he would like to perform on their level.
Following that, Petrucci talked about Rush’s stage performances and stated that their shows were terrific and coordinated. The guitarist then continued to praise the band’s performances by saying everything was in harmony, and there is no way one can achieve that.
Speaking to No F’n Regrets with Robb Flynn, John Petrucci said:
“Over the last decade or so, my whole thing was like I really wanted to present shows the way some of my favorite bands did, on the level that they did. So, an example would be Rush. You know, what would Rush do. We’d just be this amazing show where everything would be coordinated.
When you walked into the venue, you were walking into their world. You were walking to the surreal world that you signed and created. You know, based on everything from the merchandise, the tour program, the set design, the video, and everything. They pulled off these incredible shows where the light show, video show, and everything was just so together.
So, my whole thought was that there’s no way you could do that. If you’re doing this like jazz style or Frank Zappa style or you have learned 150 songs and you’re just calling out things, or like jam-band style, there is no way. You’re not going to put on that kind of show. So, I kind of focus more on trying to put on that kind of show.”
You can watch the full interview below.