Sept. 8, 2020 - Dream Theater's John Petrucci talks early jam sessions with Moore

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently discussed his favorite riffs, as well as his jam sessions with the band's original keyboardist Kevin Moore, in a video for the online music magazine Loudwire.  Petrucci shared the details in promotion of his new solo album, Terminal Velocity, which was released on Aug. 28.  The album also features Dream Theater's founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

In the video, Petrucci said he and Moore jammed on songs by artists ranging from Neil Young to The Doors as teenagers prior to the formation of Dream Theater.

"The first riff I ever learned was actually from [Neil Young's] 'Hey Hey, My My,'" Petrucci said in the "Gear Factor" video.  "I had gone over to Kevin Moore's house.  Kevin Moore was the original keyboard player in Dream Theater.  We were best friends growing up on Long Island.  He lived right around the corner.  He was having a jam session and they needed somebody to play the guitar line.  I don't remember who taught it to me.  I learned it.  I was struggling, and I couldn't play it.  But it was the first thing I learned."

Petrucci and Moore appeared together on Dream Theater's first three studio albums: When Dream and Day Unite (1988), Images and Words (1992) and Awake (1994).  Moore ultimately left the band in 1994.

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Aug. 11, 2020 - Dream Theater bassist John Myung talks band's early days with Moore

Dream Theater bassist John Myung recently discussed the band's early days, including playing with Kevin Moore, during a podcast interview for Ernie Ball.  In the interview, Myung talked about everything from attending Berklee College of Music with guitarist John Petrucci and drummer Mike Portnoy, tips for practicing bass, and the formation and early work ethic of Dream Theater.

The interview was conducted on the "Striking a Chord" podcast and was intended to promote Myung's new six-string bass through the Ernie Ball Music Man Artist Series. 

"We kind of had a base of a band back on Long Island with Kevin Moore, who played keyboards," Myung said.  "He went to a different college of music, he went to  Fredonia School of Music... It was just implied that he was part of the team, and that he was the keyboard player.  The only thing that was not really decided was the vocalist aspect of the band.  We were with a few different vocalists before James LaBrie."  

Moore, who was the founding keyboardist for Dream Theater, ultimately left the band just prior to the release of the band's third studio album, Awake, in 1994.  He was replaced by Derek Sherinian, who was later replaced by the band's current keyboardist Jordan Rudess.

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