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Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci in CBS interview: Grammy a big win for prog metal

John Petrucci

CBS New York

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently sat down for an extended interview with CBS New York, discussing the band's 30-year journey in rock and their recent Grammy win. Hailing from Long Island, Dream Theater has achieved immense success, selling over 15 million albums and gaining a reputation for their virtuoso musicianship.

The conversation touched upon their Grammy win, which came as a surprise considering their unconventional style of progressive metal. Petrucci expressed gratitude for the recognition and highlighted the significance of the award for the progressive music genre as a whole.

Petrucci explained:

"It was just also surreal, but what was so cool about it is that we've been playing this crazy form of prog metal, we call it that. I mean, it's weird to most people. We write these crazy long songs, all instrumental sections, guitar solos, we have concept albums. You never think that the Recording Academy would really recognize that type of music. So it I felt like it was such a big win for prog music and prog metal. It was really a great moment."

The discussion also delved into the evolution of music formats, from CDs to digital streaming, and the resurgence of vinyl. Petrucci expressed his love for vinyl and the nostalgic charm it has.

Petrucci revealed some of Dream Theater's musical influences, including Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Boston. He delved into the importance of touring for the band's international fan base and recounted their recent successful tour in Asia.

The interview concluded with a focus on Dream Theater's upcoming tour, including a highly anticipated performance at the iconic Madison Square Garden. Petrucci also shared his side project, a partnership with a UK-based beard care company, where he launched his own beard oil product.

Watch the interview at the video below.

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