Dream Theater Guitarist John Petrucci on Distance Over Time, Re-Bonding with Bandmates, and More

"Our intent was to go away somewhere where we had no distractions"

John Petrucci
Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, photo by Mark Maryanovich

    Dream Theater recently returned with their 14th album, Distance Over Time, which earned a stellar review here at Heavy Consequence. The disc is more streamlined than their previous effort, the double-album The Astonishing, but still boasts the complex and impressive  musicianship that has powered the prog-metal band for more than 30 years.

    We sat down with guitarist John Petrucci to discuss the album, and more in a video interview. In Part 1 (watch below), Petrucci tells us about the band’s approach to recording Distance Over Time. For this album, the band decided to live together for an extended period of time, recapturing some of the magic of their early days.

    “Our intent was to go away somewhere where we had no distractions,” Petrucci said of the band’s time together making the album. “I think what it did was that it made a really relaxed environment … and just sort of re-bonded us. Even though we spend so much time on the road and everything, you’d be surprised how little you actually hang out as friends, so it was really great for that, as well.”


    As to keeping the album shorter than the band’s previous release, the guitarist told us, “We just came off a two-hours-plus record with The Astonishing, so we did talk about, ‘Let’s try to keep this to an hour’ … I love albums where you can have a workout session to the record or [it takes up] a train ride or a car ride.”

    Petrucci also went on to detail the leadoff track “Untethered Angel”, which was the first song fans heard from the album, as well as “Paralyzed”, which is the album’s first official radio single. For more on those tracks, see Part 1 of our video interview with the acclaimed guitarist below:

    Distance Over Time is out now, and available through various outlets and streaming services at this location. The band will be supporting the album, as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of Metropolis 2: Scenes From a Memory, on a spring North American tour that kicks off March 20th in San Diego. Tickets are available here or at StubHub for shows that have sold out.


    Dream Theater 2019 Tour Dates:
    03/20 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
    03/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
    03/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
    03/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
    03/26 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
    03/28 – St. Paul, MN @ The Ordway
    03/29 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
    03/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller Theater
    04/02 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
    04/04 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
    04/05 – Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
    04/06 – Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Capitole-Cabaret Du
    04/08 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
    04/09 – Oakdale, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
    04/10 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts
    04/12 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
    04/13 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
    04/15 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
    04/17 – Nashville, TN @ TPAC
    04/22 – Charlotte, NC @Ovens Auditorium
    04/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
    04/26 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
    04/27 – Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theater
    04/29 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
    04/30 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    05/01 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
    05/04 – Mexico City, Mexico – @ Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez