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Sons of Apollo Premiere First Single, "Signs of the Time"

Last week, we told you about Sons of Apollo, a new supergroup featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force). Now this formidable group has premiered their first single, "Signs of the Time."The song is the first full taste... …

Sons of Apollo, Featuring Ex-Members of Dream Theater, Guns N’ Roses and Journey, Announce Debut Album

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. With the announcement of the debut album from Sons of Apollo, a brand-new supergroup featuring Portnoy, Sherinian and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex... …

Dream Theater Announce ‘Images & Words’ 25th Anniversary Tour

Dream Theater has announced a fall/winter North American tour that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sophomore album, Images & Words.Of the tour, guitarist John Petrucci said, “We are so psyched to bring our ‘Images, Words & Beyond’ tour to North America this fall! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 25 years since Images was released! We’ve been having a blast playing those... …

John Petrucci Lesson: Combining Triad Arpeggios to Form Polytonal Chordal Allusions

I often use triadic arpeggio forms within my riffs and solos as a tool to create rich-sounding, poly-chordal sounds. I’d like to continue in that vein by presenting different ways in which to move from one arpeggio form to another, using a series of specific triads that complement one another well.Let’s start with the triads F# diminished and D major, as shown in FIGURES 1 and FIGURE 2,... …

Seven Kick-Ass Seven-String Guitar Songs

Look around you. There seems to be a seven-string renaissance happening at the moment. Actually, eight-string guitars seem to be going pretty strong, too.But there's something particularly satisfying about plugging in a seven and riffing out in between the traditional ranges of the guitar and bass.Don't get me wrong; eight strings are great for getting right down into low-end territory and... …

Ritchie Blackmore Talks "Highway Star"; Covers by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and More

The bulk of this story is from the Guitar World archives, from our "100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time" series. Enjoy!“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph.Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of problems. "First, the place they... …

His Majesty: John Petrucci on How Decades of Performance Led to His New Signature Guitar

Ernie Ball and Ernie Ball Music Man have been cranking out some great video content as of late, and the new clip we’re sharing today is no different.Behold a new short documentary focusing on Dream Theater's John Petrucci and the inspiration behind the Monarchy Majesty, Ernie Ball Music Man’s new John Petrucci Signature Series.“The design really focuses on making the guitar something that gets... …

Moving Across the Fretboard in Unusual Ways to Produce Unique Runs

Over the years, people have noticed that when I play certain runs, my fingers move in the opposite direction of the notes that they hear.For example, as my fret hand moves up the fretboard, the sequence of notes that is heard descends (and vice versa). For this column, I’ve put together a few runs that demonstrate this unusual approach as applied to both ascending and descending patterns.This... …

John Petrucci Tries to Break Ernie Ball’s New Paradigm Strings

Last week we shared a video of Paul Gilbert (and his power drill) attempting to break Ernie Ball’s new Paradigm strings. Today we’re back with another clip featuring the latest contestant to step up to the challenge: Dream Theater's John Petrucci.Can Petrucci snap one of Ernie Ball’s new ultra-durable Paradigm strings? Find out for yourself below.According to Ernie Ball, Paradigm represents the... …

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