John Petrucci: “If a guitarist is onstage playing their ass off, backing tracks don't bother me. But if they're faking it or pretending, that's a whole different thing”

John Petrucci
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There are few guitarists within the dual realms of prog and metal who cast a greater shadow than John Petrucci.

Petrucci first shuttered into our collective consciousness in the late '80s with the mythological prog-metal act Dream Theater. And while Dream Theater took the world by storm with their unique blend of uber-instrumentalism meets deep-dive lyrics, for Petrucci, the road was a bit more complicated.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.