DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci spoke to Germany’s Gitarre & Bass about the twenty-fifth anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album “Images And Words”, which the group is performing in its entirety on the “Images, Words & Beyond” tour. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he and his bandmates had a feeling during the recording process that “Images And Words” would turn out to be such an important album for them, Petrucci said: “Well, we had no idea that it would end up doing what it did for us — basically launch our touring and international career as a band. That’s really what it did. We had no idea, no. In fact, we didn’t even write songs, really, that had that potential in that atmosphere, because all the things that were being played on the radio sounded nothing like DREAM THEATER, so we didn’t really think we had a chance. They were playing NIRVANA and PEARL JAM. There was still some kind of ’80-ish bands around and stuff. Even the band that David Prater, the producer, had done right before us was this band FIREHOUSE, and they were like a big pop-metal ballad band. So we didn’t think we had any place. But we did feel really good about how the album came out. We felt very proud of it. We knew that it sounded good. I remember feeling really proud anytime I would play it for somebody. Like, ‘Oh, you have to hear this. Check it out.’ And the reaction was always, ‘Wow! That sounds really good.’ So we knew there was something there, but we had no idea what it would do for us.”
Buoyed by the success of the album’s first single, “Pull Me Under”, “Images And Words” eventually went gold in the U.S. and established the band as a standard-bearer for complex-yet-melodic progressive metal. The song and accompanying video received airtime on radio and MTV and expanded DREAM THEATER‘s audience.
“‘Pull Me Under’ was a surprise to everyone, ’cause ‘Pull Me Under’ is… it’s over eight minutes long, never meant to be a single,” Petrucci…