New Satriani Album And Tour!

Wow, 2018 is gonna be a big year for Joe Satriani fans! Joe has announced a new record called What Happens Next, and it’s out on January 12. It features the rhythm section of Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith, so I can’t wait to hear the results. Visit Joe’s website to hear a preview of the track ‘Energy.’ And Joe is also kicking off a new G3 tour on January 11 with John Petrucci and Phil Collen. I’m really excited about this one because that’s three of my favourite guitarists from my teen years (who am I kidding – now too!) on the one bill, and it will be really interesting to see what Phil does in a solo context. 

Here’s the press release about the new record and tour.  Read More …

DiMarzio John Petrucci Nylon ClipLock Guitar Strap

DiMarzio John Petrucci strap

PRESS RELEASE: DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of a signature ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Strap specially designed for and with John Petrucci, Dream Theater guitarist extraordinaire and esteemed DiMarzio endorser. John Petrucci is a longtime user of our ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Straps, and we are delighted to release a ClipLock® Guitar Strap made to John’s custom specifications. The John Petrucci ClipLock® Guitar Strap is 2-inch black nylon and features John’s JP shield logo in gray and black stitched to the lower front portion, just above the heavy-duty clip and bushing that attaches to your guitar. The strap is available with either blue or red topstitching.

Petrucci fan? Click here to buy the Sterling by Music Man JP100D John Petrucci Signature model with DiMarzio pickups.

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Dream Theater – Melbourne, October 29, 2014

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I first started listening to Dream Theater with A Change Of Seasons – back then the albums weren’t released locally here in Australia, so we had to pay huge prices for imports – and I immediately had that feeling of ‘This is the band I always wished existed!’ My brother and I soon went back and checked out Images And Words and Awake and I was blown away by the scope of the music, the intensity of the performances, the creativity of the arrangements and the depth of the lyrics. It took a long time for Dream Theater to finally tour Australia (0n the Chaos In Motion tour) and this brief run of two Australian dates was only their third ever tour down here, and first with Mike Mangini behind the kit.  Read More …

Dream Theater – Breaking The Fourth Wall

Dream Theater have released Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live from The Boston Opera House), a live Blu-Ray/DVD set of the band’s March 25th performance. The 2+ hour collection was produced by the band’s own John Petrucci and features guest performances from The Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir. The collection is available now in multiple configurations including Blu-Ray, a 2 DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-Ray/3 CD set with poster, all available via the Roadrunner Records webstore.

For more Dream Theater stuff on I Heart Guitar:

Jordan Rudess & Mike Mangini interview
John Petrucci interview
Sterling By Music Man JP70D review
Sterling By Muisc Man JP100 review

 

Sterling By Music Man JP70D

JP70D

If you want to add a little of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s sonic mojo to your tone – a rather worthy goal, if you ask me – you could do a lot worse than to check out Petrucci’s line of signature guitars through Ernie Ball Music Man. They occupy a unique niche among shred-friendly guitars because their construction feels much more “serious-persons’ guitar” than the average shred plank. But Music Man guitars come with a price tag that reflects their quality. i.e.: they’re pretty dang pricey. So with the Sterling By Music Man line, the company has endeavoured to bring more affordable versions of some of their designs to players who might not have the financial wherewithal to walk home with the California-made stuff. The JP70D is based on Petrucci’s first Music Man model (there are a few other shapes now including the JPX and Majesty), and it’s made in Indonesia. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Dream Theater’s Mike Mangini & Jordan Rudess

Dream Theater are the long-reigning kings of the progressive rock/metal scene. Prog had been relatively dormant until their breakthrough 1992 album Images & Words showed the world that music-college-level chops and post-Metallica metal aggression could go hand in hand. The Dream Theater of 2014 has undergone some line-up changes since those days – keyboard player Jordan Rudess has been with the band since 1999, and drummer Mike Mangini is on his second album with the band now – but they’ve never held back in delivering intense, multi-layered, expertly executed compositions and powerful live shows. They’re heading back to Australia in October for shows in Sydney and Melbourne (tickets here), so I caught up with Rudess and Mangini for a chat about it. Read More …

Dream Theater Australian Shows Announced

Dream TheaterIf there is one name that is synonymous with modern Post Progressive Metal, it would undeniably be Dream Theater. The supreme lords of the genre own their style, best described as mixing the progressive tendencies of bands such as Pink Floyd, Rush and Yes with the metal edge of Metallica and Iron Maiden. With a career spanning close to 30 years, Dream Theater have recorded over 10 million album sales around the world to a fanatical diehard fanbase.  Read More …