DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci has released the official animated music video for his song “Temple Of Circadia”
The song comes from Petrucci’s second solo album, “Terminal Velocity“, which arrived back in August 2020. The drums on the LP were provided by former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and features Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass.
Discussing his reunion with drummer Mike Portnoy, Petrucci told the official DREAM THEATER fan club: “Mike is playing drums on this [record], which is really awesome. Obviously, Dave LaRue played on my first solo album, ‘Suspended Animation‘, and also I toured with [him] many times with ‘G3’, as in the past Mike Portnoy, we toured together with ‘G3’ as well — in fact, from the very first ‘G3’ back in 2001 or so. But, yeah, having Mike play drums on this was cool. It was a great experience.”
Discussing how the collaboration with Portnoy came about, Petrucci said: “[Mike and I] been talking a bunch and he had sort of planted the seed in my ear. I was telling him about [my plans to record a new solo album], and he was, like, ‘Well, if you need somebody, I’m available.’ And it was, like, in my head, I’m, like, ‘I’m gonna take you up on that.’
“I had written all the songs and we programmed drums,” he continued. “And I played bass, and our engineer played bass, so we had these completed songs. And Mike came in, learned everything, of course, added his touches and taste. [He] did a tremendous, spectacular job. It was a lot of fun to kind of reunite musically and do that together. It took about six days to do. Again, he did a great job. The drums sound awesome. Dave recorded his stuff remotely, redid all the bass. And it’s mixed by Andy Sneap — it’s my first time working with Andy, and he did a tremendous job mixing it. He’s actually currently in JUDAS PRIEST playing guitar after Glenn [Tipton] couldn’t do it anymore. And he is an unbelievable mixer with an incredible résumé. He did mix ‘Firepower‘, the latest JUDAS PRIEST, and a whole bunch of other stuff — KILLSWITCH [ENGAGE] and ARCH ENEMY and MACHINE HEAD, and it goes on. He’s amazing. So, the album sounds great.”
John Petrucci will hit the road for his first headlining solo tour in October. He will perform material from “Terminal Velocity“, as well as songs from his widely acclaimed debut release, “Suspended Animation“. John will take his instrumental trio on the road performing live with Portnoy and LaRue in an onstage reunion that has been 12 years in the making.