John Petrucci: One of My Guitar Heroes Told Me to “Turn It Down”

April 18th, 2017

By Damian Fanelli | Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci recently recounted the moment one of his top guitar heroes—Steve Howe of Yes and Asia fame—told him to “turn it down.”

“We played a show in London at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club [in 1995], a little special gig,” Petrucci told Cosmo Music. “[It was] all covers; we had guests come, and it ended up on [Dream Theater’s 1995] EP, A Change of Seasons.

“One of the guests was Steve Howe, and we were doing a Yes [medley] thing. So we’re rehearsing, [and] he came down. I’m such a huge fan of Steve Howe, I worship him. I had my Mesa Boogie set up, he comes in and says [imitating Howe’s voice], ‘Do you mind turning it down a bit?’ [Laughs].

“Steve Howe told me to turn it down! Awesome!”

In the top clip below, you can see the performance of Yes’ “Starship Trooper” by Dream Theater with Howe. Below that, you’ll find an audio clip of the complete Yes medley that was performed that night.

“Starship Trooper,” which was written by Howe, Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, originally appeared on 1971’s The Yes Album.

In other Yes news, Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman have decided to call themselves “Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman,” and they’ve announced a summer tour. You can read about that here.