Robert Gray of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: There was an article published online by a DREAM THEATER fan which basically alleges that the album has musical and structural similarities to “Images And Words”. What’s your response to that?
Petrucci: I think our fans enjoy analyzing our music and looking at things under a microscope and stuff, and it shows the level of passion from the fans for what we do. They look at what we’re doing, and they wanna know what’s going on. Like I said, with every album people wanna try to find hidden messages and new meanings, secret nuggets and things like that. People have always searched for those types of things in our music. It shows how much our listeners are strongly interested in what we’re doing in a very detailed manner.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: But obviously, there’s no truth to the allegation?
Petrucci: We really like music. We have a certain thing that we try to accomplish musically, a certain sound that makes us who we are. The core elements of DREAM THEATER, of who we are and how we make music. Those are elements that are identifiable. That’s what gives the band its sound, and keeps the band having an identity.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: I’m aware of that, John, but this fan is alleging that DREAM THEATER simply rewrote “Images And Words”. Obviously, that isn’t the case at all?
Petrucci: We wouldn’t rewrite an album, no. That wouldn’t be something that we would do. (laughs).
Read the entire interview from Ultimate-Guitar.com.