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Prescott favorite Mazzella returns to town

Guitarist to play at Prescott Center for the Arts

If you go

Anthony Mazzella plays at PCA, 208 N. Marina Street, Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets, $20, available at the website, pca-az.net or by phone, 928-445-3286.

Sedona guitarist Anthony Mazzella has been described as one of “the new generation of guitar hero” by no less an authority than Billboard magazine.

For fans in Prescott, that’s no surprise.

Mazzella returns, this time to the stage at Prescott Center for the Arts, Saturday, May 13.

Mazzella keeps his shows fresh, which means new songs and new arrangements.

“I’ll be doing different song selections,” he said. “A lot of improvisations, so it’ll be a very different set.”

He does originals, but also plays what some call “covers” of hits by the guitar heroes he grew up with, but what might better be described as “re-makes.”

“I love doing the music of the guys I was raised listening to: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix,

Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn – I learned how to play, studying their music.”

Asked what one of those legends would think of his show, Mazzella said, “I would love to have Eric Clapton come to one of my shows.

“I think he would notice the originality … how when I play his music—or anybody else’s music – it’s very different.”

He doesn’t like the term “cover band,” because he said he doesn’t try to make the music sound like the album. “I do my own version of it.”

Mazzella plays a unique 10-string guitar of his own design and built by his father. The guitar allows him to play both the melody and a bass line simultaneously.

He also brings along a 1974 Fender Stratocaster, a 1991 Les

Paul, and several other special guitars.

For Mazzella, the best part of any show is how he relates to the audience, and they to him.

“They love seeing how connected to the music I am. They love seeing the heart and soul behind the music. That’s the best compliment I get,” he said.