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'Legends of Guitar' show features tributes to rock legends

Anthony Mazzella

Anthony Mazzella

This weekend, the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St., will host a tribute to various rock legends. Featuring world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella, the show on Saturday, Dec. 5, will have songs from such performers as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and David Glimour.

The Legends of Guitar show began this year, Mazzella said. However, he has had an extensive career, playing in many different genres, such as classical, jazz and acoustic all around the world. But after a long time of doing fine art world music, Mazzella missed being able to just rock out.

"I just missed playing The Who and Zeppelin and Floyd and all the stuff I was raised on," Mazzella said, so he figured he would "put a tribute show together and do all these cool singer style avant-garde versions of these songs and sure enough, people like it."

Tickets are $15, plus a $2 processing fee, and are available online at The show starts at 7 p.m.

When it came to choosing what songs to have on the repertoire, it really came down to the amazing guitar songs and those who inspired him growing up, Mazzella said. He includes "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin and a Pink Floyd medley played on a 10-string guitar.

In everything, the love of rock 'n' roll has staying power, Mazzella said.

"Trends come and go, but the rock gods of the '60s and '70s, they're like our Mozarts, they're like our Beethovens," he said. "I love it and people love it. I love that people have the same enthusiasm that I do and, of course, these guys molded my life."

Two types of people will come to the show, Mazzella said. First are those who know him and his original music. They know what they're in for, he added. And those who don't know him but see the show advertised will be interested. Those people will check out videos and really want to see Mazzella in person, he said.

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.


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