Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess spoke in an interview with The Rock Pit and revealed the story of where ‘From Bach To Rock’ title came from.
Here’s the statement:
“So I’ve been playing piano since I was 7 years old and the piano is really my kind of homebase if you will, it’s an instrument I feel so comfortable with expressing myself.
So the musicians journey is a look at my entire path from the early days of Juilliard playing classical music through the times when I was a starving musician playing in hotels and restaurants, through my time with David Bowie to Dream Theater. It’s a chance for me to kind of use the piano as a vehicle to play music and tell stories that bring people into my world and for a Dream Theater fan who thinks maybe they know all about me, there might be some real surprises.
Of course for somebody who doesn’t know Dream Theater, then it’s a chance to get a close look at who I am musically. I mean I tell you everything from Bach to Chopin to Liquid Tension to Dream Theater across the night among other things, so it’s fun for me to just rake in all the different styles and get kind of more intimate with the audience and have a chance to do that.”
He also explained how he discovered rock music and said:
“Well when I was really little and really focusing on classical, I also was aware of things like the Beatles and had a bunch of the old ’45 records.
I didn’t have a chance to really dive into that and get seriously into it, I was just into the fringe of the whole thing but as I got older into being a teenager then I had friends who would turn me onto some stuff they thought I would love, which I did like Genesis, Yes and Gentle Giant, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and those things had a huge influence.
The thing that really led me astray from the classical way was listening to Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Tarkus” album, that was a huge influence in my life. I loved that album, I thought it was amazing and it kind of made me think there was something more beyond classical that I wanted to really know about.”
Click here to entire interview. Watch the trailer of “From Back to Rock” from below.