DREAM THEATER’s JOHN PETRUCCI Says It Was ‘Very Cathartic’ To Play Music With MIKE PORTNOY Again

DREAM THEATER’s JOHN PETRUCCI Says It Was ‘Very Cathartic’
To Play Music With MIKE PORTNOY Again, Shop Ticket Snatchers

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release
his second solo album, “Terminal Velocity” in the fall via
Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005’s
“Suspended Animation” features guest musicians Mike
Portnoy
(SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on
drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The
effort marks the first time Petrucci and Portnoy
recorded together in over a decade, as well as the first since
Portnoy departed DREAM THEATER. “Having Mike
play drums on this record was really special for me, and he did an
absolutely incredible job navigating the various styles and
technical challenges my music presented in the way that only he can
do,” Petrucci told
Billboard
. “It was very cathartic for the both of us, I think,
to be playing music together again after all these years, and it
really felt great. Mike‘s spirited, intuitive and energetic
playing truly helped to elevate these new songs to a level that I
couldn’t be happier with.” Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM
THEATER
more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in
September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has
since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR,
EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). Since the
2010 departure of Portnoy, Petrucci, along with
keyboardist Jordan Rudess, has taken on much of the
songwriting load for DREAM THEATER, including 2016’s
controversial double concept album, “The Astonishing”, and
last year’s “Distance Over Time”. Earlier this month,
Petrucci told the official DREAM THEATER fan club
that out of the nine songs on “Terminal Velocity”, two of
them he had played live during the “G3” tours and at his
guitar camp. “One of them is a really old song from the early ’90s
when I was doing guitar clinics,” he explained. “Actually, it’s
called ‘Gemini’, and there’s a snippet of it on the ‘Rock
Discipline’
video I did back in ’95; there’s a little bit of me
playing that. So, for anybody that knows of that song, it’s sort of
an interesting little throwback to that, ’cause I never got a
chance to really record it properly. There was one song I had
written, I guess, around the same time as ‘Happy Song’ and
‘Glassy-Eyed Zombies’ that I played on ‘G3’, but I
never did anything with it. Honestly, I kind of forgot I had it.
It’s called ‘The Way Things Fall’. When I was looking
through all my files and everything, I was, like, ‘I forgot about
this song,’ and I had a full demo of it. I was, like, ‘This is
really cool.’ So I was able to record that for real. And then that
leaves the remaining five songs, which are all brand new. And I
wrote those and recorded those, along with the other four, again,
over about two months.”

JOHN PETRUCCI – TERMINAL
VELOCITY@JPetrucci
– Guitar Dave LaRue – Bass@MikePortnoy
– Drums ⠀ TERMINAL VELOCITY THE ODDFATHER HAPPY SONG GEMINI OUT
OF THE BLUE GLASSY-EYED ZOMBIES THE WAY THINGS FALL SNAKE IN MY
BOOT TEMPLE OF CIRCADIA#johnpetrucci

#mikeportnoy

#davelarue
pic.twitter.com/K48H9NniSy — Mike
Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy)
July 1, 2020

DREAM THEATER’s JOHN PETRUCCI Says It Was ‘Very Cathartic’
To Play Music With MIKE PORTNOY Again, Shop Ticket SnatchersDREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release
his second solo album, “Terminal Velocity” in the fall via
Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005’s
“Suspended Animation” features guest musicians Mike
Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on
drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The
effort marks the first time Petrucci and Portnoy
recorded together in over a decade, as well as the first since
Portnoy departed DREAM THEATER. “Having Mike
play drums on this record was really special for me, and he did an
absolutely incredible job navigating the various styles and
technical challenges my music presented in the way that only he can
do,” Petrucci told
Billboard. “It was very cathartic for the both of us, I think,
to be playing music together again after all these years, and it
really felt great. Mike’s spirited, intuitive and energetic
playing truly helped to elevate these new songs to a level that I
couldn’t be happier with.” Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM
THEATER more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in
September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has
since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR,
EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). Since the
2010 departure of Portnoy, Petrucci, along with
keyboardist Jordan Rudess, has taken on much of the
songwriting load for DREAM THEATER, including 2016’s
controversial double concept album, “The Astonishing”, and
last year’s “Distance Over Time”. Earlier this month,
Petrucci told the official DREAM THEATER fan club
that out of the nine songs on “Terminal Velocity”, two of
them he had played live during the “G3” tours and at his
guitar camp. “One of them is a really old song from the early ’90s
when I was doing guitar clinics,” he explained. “Actually, it’s
called ‘Gemini’, and there’s a snippet of it on the ‘Rock
Discipline’ video I did back in ’95; there’s a little bit of me
playing that. So, for anybody that knows of that song, it’s sort of
an interesting little throwback to that, ’cause I never got a
chance to really record it properly. There was one song I had
written, I guess, around the same time as ‘Happy Song’ and
‘Glassy-Eyed Zombies’ that I played on ‘G3’, but I
never did anything with it. Honestly, I kind of forgot I had it.
It’s called ‘The Way Things Fall’. When I was looking
through all my files and everything, I was, like, ‘I forgot about
this song,’ and I had a full demo of it. I was, like, ‘This is
really cool.’ So I was able to record that for real. And then that
leaves the remaining five songs, which are all brand new. And I
wrote those and recorded those, along with the other four, again,
over about two months.”

JOHN PETRUCCI – TERMINAL
VELOCITY@JPetrucci
– Guitar Dave LaRue – Bass@MikePortnoy
– Drums ⠀ TERMINAL VELOCITY THE ODDFATHER HAPPY SONG GEMINI OUT
OF THE BLUE GLASSY-EYED ZOMBIES THE WAY THINGS FALL SNAKE IN MY
BOOT TEMPLE OF CIRCADIA#johnpetrucci

#mikeportnoy
#davelarue pic.twitter.com/K48H9NniSy — Mike
Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy)
July 1, 2020

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