A Legend Is Born
Born on July 12, 1967, John Peter Petrucci grew up in Kings Park, New York. Kings Park is a small suburban town on Long Island. This is where he began playing guitar at the age of 12. His early influences ranged from Steve Morse, Al DiMeola, Steve Howe and Allan Holdsworth, to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Alex Lifeson. At age 18 after graduating from high school, Petrucci attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was here, along with schoolmate/bass player John Myung where they fatefully met drummer Mike Portnoy. As a result, the three quickly clicked musically and formed the nucleus of what was to become Dream Theater.
In 1989, John met his wife Rena Sands. The two would later marry in September 1993. This is quite the musical power couple, as Rena was the guitarist and founding member of the all-female metal band Meanstreak. Rena still plays music today, with the all-female tribute to Judas Priest appropriately named Judas Priestess who can be seen playing regularly throughout N. America.
Awards & Accolades
As a guitarist, John has received many notable awards in the various guitar publications throughout the world, including the 2007 Guitarist of the Year as named by the readers of Total Guitar magazine and Best Metal Guitarist in the 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards poll in Guitar Player magazine. Additionally, John was named Best Metal Guitar Player again in the 2011 Guitar Player’s Reader’s Choice Awards poll and one of the 20 Greatest Metal Guitarists Ever in a 2011 poll for Total Guitar. Finally, he was voted Best Guitarist in Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine’s 2011 readers’ poll.
Throughout his career, John has spearheaded the research and development of numerous signature guitars and other equipment. Consequently he has worked with some of the most successful and respected manufactures in the world. Among these include a gorgeous line of signature Ernie Ball Music Man 6-string, 7-string and baritone guitars. Featuring the critically acclaimed JP Majesty series. In addition there is the TC Electronic signature JP Dreamscape chorus/flanger pedal, signature DiMarzio 6 and 7 string Crunch Lab, Liquifire, Illuminator and Sonic Ecstasy pickups. Finally John also has signature DiMarzio JP guitar straps, the signature Dunlop JP95 wah pedal and JP Jazz III picks.