Throughout their career, the band has garnered multiple Billboard Top 10 chart debuts, receiving two Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance. They have earned numerous other accolades; their concept album Metropolis Pt. John met his wife Rena Sands in and the two married in September Rena was the guitarist and founding member of the all-female metal band Meanstreak.
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He picked up the guitar at around the age of eight because his older sister was allowed to go to bed later in order to practice the organ.
However, he decided to quit the guitar when his attempts to stay up late were unsuccessful. He picked up the guitar again at the age of Petrucci has said he committed to practicing guitar 6 hours a day when he discovered it was his passion. While in Berklee they often covered two of their biggest influences, Iron Maiden and Rush.
These three, in addition to Kevin Moore, formed the band Majesty. Because there was already another band with the same name, the group later became Dream Theater. In , Joe Satriani and Steve Vai invited Petrucci to tour with them on the popular G3 guitar tour , which exposed him to a massive number of new fans and inspired a solo album. The album, Suspended Animation , was released on March 1, , and was available for order from his web site.
Petrucci also appeared on the and G3 tours, and in , went on G3 tour again, this time with Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani. In a recent video with Larry DiMarzio, Petrucci announced that he is working on a follow-up to his album, Suspended Animation and a new Dream Theater album. Each track is roughly two minutes long, and are named simply Prologue and Epilogue.
In a spoof rock band, Nightmare Cinema which was the Dream Theater members changing instruments for encores , he used the "alternate stage name" Johnny James. Dream Theater bandmate Jordan Rudess revealed in an interview that Petrucci is a practicing Catholic.
James, New York , with his wife Rena Sands , a guitarist in the all-female heavy metal band Meanstreak , and they have three children—twins Samantha and Renato, and Kiara. He is the uncle of Jake Bowen, a guitarist in the progressive metal band Periphery. He is also an avid fan of bodybuilding and dedicates much of his off time to weight training.
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