Originally Published: March 16, 2018 6 a.m.
Updated as of Sunday, March 18, 2018 6 AM
Anthony Mazzella is bringing back his Legends of Guitar show to the Prescott Center for the Arts, paying homage to various rock legends.
The show has been going on for a couple years and Mazzella said it’s been a great run. People have loved it and he’s enjoyed doing it, he said.
“People love the classics,” Mazzella said. “People love hearing the guitar god stuff. There’s still a market for it, people still appreciate all the fancy finger work.”
There is a repertoire Mazzella said he pulls from to make a set list for each show. In doing so, he keeps it fresh, making sure no show is the same. He’s added a couple tunes over the run though, including a medley of “Let it Be” and “Hide Your Love” by the Beatles, “With or Without You” by U2 and a heavy metal medley incorporating the likes of Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Scorpions and Metallica. When he came to Prescott in 2015, Mazzella said the songs he chooses are the amazing guitar songs which brought him inspiration growing up. They were the performers who molded his life, he said.
He’ll be bringing an array of guitars including a one-of-a-kind 10-string guitar, a 1974 Fender Stratocaster, a 1991 Les Paul and a Rodríguez flamenco guitar.
Mazzella takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Tickets are $20 for the middle section of seats and $17 for seats on the side sections and are available online at www.pca-az.net or at the door. There is a $2 processing fee.
With guitar composition a little bit of a lost art and people not taking the time to learn to be a great guitar player as much as they did in years past, Mazzella said he enjoys presenting songs from a different time and a different era. He loves passing the torch and when younger people hear the songs, they love it, he said.
“They just have to be exposed to it,” Mazzella said. “I love keeping that alive.”
He’s also constantly reading the audience, he said. If they are enjoying the more melodic, romantic versions of the songs, he keep playing them that way, Mazzella said. However, audiences usually love seeing him rock out like Jimi Hendrix or Jimi Page, he said.
For more information, visit www.pca-az.net or www.anthonymazzella.com.