John Petrucci discussed the early beginnings of Dream Theater, telling The Captain:
“John [Myung] and I went [to Berklee] together, we drove up there, we roomed together, and we started interacting with the other freshmen.
“Pretty much off the bat, we met Mike Portnoy, who was also a Long Islander but we didn’t know him. He lived on the south shore further west in Long Beach.
“We saw this kid playing – he’s amazing. We started talking, he was into the same bands that we were into, we started playing together, and that was the nucleus of Dream Theater.
“Our keyboard player at the time, Kevin Moore, was friend of John and I, but he went to a different school.
“So after a year of Berklee, we all decided to leave. We were then together for a year and we were practicing all the time.
“At Berklee, we had to schedule our rehearsal time; you had to reserve the rehearsal rooms; there were limited rooms, so we’d have to get up and wait on line like at 6:00 AM to schedule the room, and the after classes we’d set up all our gear and practice and break it down and do it again.
“During the first winter break, we all got together and started recording, and by the time second semester rolled around we were like, ‘We’re ready! Let’s do it!’
“So we had to go to our parents and say we’re not gonna go to school anymore…”