"Every time I walk into a studio, I have the same thought in my head," says Dream Theater keyboard ace Jordan Rudess. "'Can you do it? Can you really write something that good again?' It's almost like I can't remember how I did things before, as if it were somebody else. A little bit of self-doubt creeps in – it's normal. So it's always a good feeling when, somewhere in the middle of recording, I go, 'Oh, my God! Look at all this crazy stuff I wrote. How did that happen?' The creative process is so mysterious and magical."
For Rudess and the other members of Dream Theater – guitarist and producer John Petrucci, vocalist James LaBrie, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Mangini – the magic that would attend the recording of their masterful self-titled new album came first not from jamming or listening to demos but by thoughtful discussions about what kind of record they planned to make as a follow up to 2011's A Dramatic Turn Of Events.Read more about