For close to 30 years, John Petrucci's rapturous, metal-infused licks and solos have sent legions of fleet-fingered hopefuls back to the woodshed. With each new Dream Theater release, his ferocious speed, immaculate precision and unbridled creativity, all of it combined with an uncanny kind of understated poise, raises the bar on how far (and how fast) shred guitar can go.
Any guy who has changed the game time and again like Petrucci surely must live on a steady diet of shred and more shred, right? "Obviously, that's something I love, I love to do, and I'm challenged by it," he says. "But as a guitar player, I'm enamored by any great guitar player. And as a musician and music fan, I don't draw distinctions between what I will or won't listen to. There's too much good stuff out there – you never know what you might miss."Read more about