VIDEO PREMIERE: Dream Theater – ‘The Looking Glass’

I Heart Guitar is proud to present the Australian premiere of Dream Theater’s new video for ‘The Looking Glass’ from their self-titled 2013 album.

Dream Theater – Looking Glass from Roadrunner Records on Vimeo.

Read my interview with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci here. And if you can’t see the video above, check

Jake Bowen Gets DiMarzio Signature Pickups

TitanPeriphery’s Jake Bowen is the latest artist to be honoured with a signature DiMarzio pickup set. As DiMarzio says on their website, the Titan pickups were developed for Jake’s new signature guitar with Ibanez. “Jake Bowen is one of the new generation of guitarists on the cutting edge of progressive rock,” DiMarzio says, “and the Titan™ Neck and Bridge Model pickups were developed for his new signature guitar by Ibanez. Jake’s bridge pickup is crucial to his sound. It needs to be dynamic, fast, and very tight, and it’s at home with both standard and dropped tunings.” Here’s a killer video of Jake jamming with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci (who is using his own new DiMarzios, the Illuminator set), followed by some info about each pickup. Read More …

EXCLUSIVE: Stream The New Dream Theater Album!

dream theaterI Heart Guitar is proud to present the Australian-exclusive stream of the new Dream Theater album, thanks to Roadrunner Records Australia and Dream Theater. The self-titled album is the band’s twelfth, and the second to feature Mike Mangini on drums. You can listen to it in the player below. And while you’re doing that, why not read my interview with Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci? Click here and it’ll open in a new window. If you’re not in Australia, click on this smartlink which will take you to the site for your region. Either way, crank your speakers up and get ready to be blown away!

Here’s the player. Hope you dig it.

INTERVIEW: Dream Theater’s John Petrucci

john petrucciDream Theater’s new, self-titled album is their twelfth, and it amounts to something of a resetting of the idea of what Dream Theater can be. 2010’s A Dramatic Turn Of Events was a big test for the band: could they survive without co-founder Mike Portnoy behind the drum kit? The answer to this question was a resounding “Yes!” ADTOE played up the band’s many strengths – epic melodies, virtuosic interludes, intricate solos, odd-but-natural time signature shifts – and it did so in a way that was clearly Dream Theater, even with new drummer Mike Mangini in the engine room. But it was a very safe interpretation of what Dream Theater could be. Parallels were drawn between the album and 1992’s Images & Words, for instance. And now with Dream Theater [Roadrunner], the band doesn’t have anything to prove. They don’t need to show you that they can continue to make albums that sound like Dream Theater. Instead they’re free once more to make albums that are Dream Theater, that present the band as an evolving entity exploring what it can do. Dream Theater is perhaps the most naturally representative example of what the band can do since 1999’s Scenes From A Memory, in that nothing seems forced. Read More …

John Petrucci Demonstrates New DiMarzio Illuminators

JP13Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s most recent Ernie Ball Music Man guitar, the JP13, features a unique DiMarzio pickup set called Illuminator. These pickups are based on his existing signature models – the Crunch Lab and LiquiFire – but with a bit of a twist. As John explains in my new interview with him: “This pickup set is building upon the Crunch Lab and the LiquiFire, so we’re starting there, and most of it – really all of it – is the work of Steve Blucher at DiMarzio. In the case of this one, knowing that the guitar was going to have a preamp in it and everything, he was able to predict what would be necessary to make the guitar be more open-sounding and able to breathe more. He did a fantastic job, and I’ve been working with him so long that I barely have to say much. He just instinctively knows. It’s wonderful.”

DiMarzio has full specs on each pickup: 6-string bridge and neck, and 7-string bridge and neck.

Here’s a video of the Illuminators in action in Petrucci’s capable hands… Read More …

Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park Coming To Theatres

lunaIt’s been a while since the last Dream Theater live DVD, and they’re about to his us with Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park. Filmed over two nights in Brazil, this set features the band during the final leg of their 15-month A Dramatic Turn Of Events tour, with a huge setlist loaded with classics like “Pull Me Under,” “Metropolis Pt. 1,” “The Test That Stumped Them All” and “On The Backs Of Angels.” It’s also the first live release to feature Mike Mangini on drums. It’ll premiere on the SpectiCast network beginning September 19 2013.  For theatre and ticketing information, visit and – and if your area isn’t listed yet, check back regularly. You never know when new screenings might be added. Read More …

New Dream Theater Song: “Along For The Ride”

dream theaterDream Theater has released another new song from their forthcoming self-titled twelfth album. The track is called “Along For The Ride” and it’s got a big, sweeping, anthemic chorus and some really nice melodic stuff. It’s not long until the album comes out and you’ll get to hear it in context, placed perfectly as the second last track prior to the 22-minute epic “Illumination Theory.” To listen to “Along For The Ride,” go to this link. It should take you to the appropriate site in your particular corner of the world (and if it’s not working yet, just try again a little later).