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"All the bands that've influenced us have been around for years because they carved their own niche. That's the key to longevity. You can't be a part of any current wave or trend. Instead, you've got to create one."

John Petrucci - Guitars
[John Petrucci]Full Name: John Peter Petrucci
Birthday: July 12, 1967
Height: 5' 11"
Hair Color: Brown
Eye color: Brown

Equipment: Six and seven string custom Ibanez guitars, Mesa Boogie Amps (Triaxis, 2:90 power amp) Lexicon PCM-70 reverb, TC Electronic 2290 effects and delays, Sony wireless, DBX 166 Compressor

Born on July 12, 1967, John Petrucci was raised in a musical family in Long Island, New York. Although his parents do not play instruments, his older sister played piano and organ, his brother plays bass and his younger sister plays clarinet. While his siter inspired some of his interest in music, John says the main reason he picked up the guitar was because all the kids in his neighborhood were playing and it looked like fun.

John started taking guitar lessons when he was 12 years old and has since become one of the world's most recognized new guitar players. He currently contributes a regular column for Guitar World Magazine and was involded with the transcriptionsfor the "Images and Words" and "Awake" sheet music books. He has an instructional video on the way and as well as a compilation album track which he worked on with one of his heroes, Steve Morse. John's other influences (coincidentally all names Steve or Al) include Steve Vai, Al DiMeola, Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe, Allan Holdsworth and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.

John started experimenting with a seven string guitar on the new album "Awake" which he believes made the album a bit heavier. He does a lot of writing at home in his four track studio and brings a sequencer on the road with him. When not wrapped up with music, John enjoys exercising, boating, biking and eating.

John and his wife Rena live in New Jersey with their cat Little Girl.

* Taken from the Official Dream Theater home page.
Headline quote also from the Official Dream Theater home page.

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