Dream Theater's latest set, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, inspired the members to talk about certain historical events they would've liked to witness, people they would've liked to meet, bands they want to work with. Some of the answers are pretty surprising; check out what they have to say after the jump.
Your current album is called "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", what dramatic historical event would you like to have witnessed?
John Petrucci (Guitar and Vocals): Our own American Revolution must have been an incredible moment to have lived through.
Jordan Rudess (Keyboards and Continuum): Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was premiered on May 7, 1824 in the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna, along with the Consecration of the House Overture and the first three parts of the Missa Solemnis. This was the composer's first on-stage appearance in twelve years; the hall was packed. I would certainly have wanted to witness that!!
Mike Mangini (Drums): I would have liked to witness Jesus walking on water to the boat full of apostles. That ranks high on my list of "jaw dropping" events.
If you were to record a duet with an artist outside the genre of music for which you're known, who would that be and what song would you cover?
Petrucci: I would love to record a version of "In Your Eyes" with Peter Gabriel.
Rudess: It would be cool to do a duet with Yo Yo Ma. Maybe an arrangement of "Ruby Tuesday" by the Rolling Stones--that would be beautiful.
Mangini: I would record a drum track with Violinist Itzhak Perlman. In this duet, I would orchestrate his violin part on the drums like it was a drum solo with associated musical notes.
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If you could have a conversation with any historical figure, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Petrucci: It would be amazing to sit down and talk with Walt Disney.
Rudess: I'd like to hang with Jimi Hendrix because to me he was the epitome of cool. He had a flow and trippiness to his music that influenced me so much.
Mangini: I would have a conversation with Pope John Paul II. I would ask him how to interpret the philosophies of Aquinas, Augustine and Marcus Aurelius, as well as his own with regard to the use of musical talent as it affects the human soul.