Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 94
11) This 2001 Eastman Uptown has a 17" lower bout. 12) '74
Martin 000-28. 13) 1990 Takamine Hirade. 14) For Anthony's
first studio lesson with Tommy Tedesco, he showed up with this
create lines around the orchestra and Pavarotti
evidently liked them. I was sitting in back and
he'd often sing his piece then walk back and put
his hand on my shoulder. I'm not sure if it was
because he liked what I was doing or because we
were a mile up and he needed oxygen (laughs).
I was in a rented tux with tails and it crossed
my mind to never return it because it had been
touched by the great Pavarotti."
"After so many years, I'd never met Les, who
was one of my first heroes and major influences.
Fender plectrum banjo tuned DGBD (low to high). "Tommy laughed
at me and suggested I tune it like a guitar. He said, 'All they want
is the sound.'"
I'd steal his licks and study his stuff. One day,
I was talking to Howard Alden and mentioned
that I'd never met Les. I knew that Howard
would sometimes sub for Les' rhythm player,
Lou Pallo. Howard said, 'Mike, you've got to
make the pilgrimage.' So in the summer of
2007 I made reservations for the Iridium Club
in New York City. In fact, weeks in advance I
started calling so many times the guy answering
said, 'Let me guess, this is Mike Anthony.' Well,
that guy advised us to show up two hours early.
So, Kathie and I were second in line and got a
table right by the stage. I was already happy,
but Les' bassist, Nicki Parrott, asked if I was
Mike Anthony and invited me backstage after
the show. She said, 'Howard Alden told us all
about you.' Les and I talked for a long time and
I was in heaven. He said, 'I hear you're a studio
guitarist in L.A. Do you know Bob Bain?' I
practically laughed out loud because I'm such
close friends with Bob."
"We had so many mutual friends - Howard
Roberts, Pat Martino, Vic Juris, and so on.
Then he said, 'Are you pretty good?' I said
'Well, I think I am.' He asked if I was going to
stay for the second show, so his assistant gave