During an appearance on The Chuck Shute Podcast, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess talked about refusing the band’s first offer to join the group, while also reflecting on his unexpected Pink Floyd session. Jordan Rudess recalled how his friend Blue Ocean, who was a drummer. Robert Plant & Jimmy Page Spotted At Hospital
He revealed that his friend also was very connected with a lot of the studios. He recalled how his friend took him to a Pink Floyd session, which he was unaware of.
Jordan Rudess opens up on the whole session
Jordan Rudess recalled:
“He says, ‘You can play snare drum, right?’ I was like, ‘Wait, a snare drum? I played that in third grade.’ Whatever, I didn’t know where we were going.We got there and I’m playing. He hands me some sticks and puts me at a snare drum, and there were 14 drummers there in this beautiful studio but I still didn’t know what it was.”
“And I started trying to remember how to do that, but the guy, [producer] Bob Ezrin, looks at me and he says, ‘I don’t know. Maybe you can hang out, we don’t really need you to play.’It got pinned down to the guys who we thought were the best, so I went into the control room, it was very casual, I just walked into the control room. All of a sudden, I hear David Gilmour’s voice when they were rewinding.
“We were playing on that whole section of ‘Bring the Boys Back Home.’The guy in Pink Floyd?! What the hell is this?’ Because mostly they were just going to that one section but they happened to rewind a little bit more and I heard David Gilmour’s voice.I said, ‘Holy sh*t, is this a Pink Floyd session?’ And I didn’t care that I got kicked off the drums – fuck it, I’m not a drummer anyway. I was hanging out with my friend, enjoying whatever this was.So I thought to myself, ‘This is a fu**ing Pink Floyd session!’ It’s a funny memory. But so that story is true. It was a long time ago, and yeah, I got kicked off the Pink Floyd session.”
Dream Theater is promoting a new album titled “A View from the Top of the World.”