Argentine rocker Charly Garcia goes orchestral

August 16, 2013
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Argentine rock legend Charly Garcia lights a cigarette using a candle flame before an interview in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Garcia, who is 61 and has a vast career that defined and inspired the rock and pop music world in Latin America, will perform two shows at Teatro Colon, Argentina's landmark opera house, on Sept. 23 and 30. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — One of Latin America's most influential rock stars is preparing to make good on his dream of playing guitar with a full orchestra in the majestic Teatro Colon opera house in Buenos Aires.

Charly Garcia says the work planned for Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 isn't a rock opera: It's more like something from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's period. In an Associated Press interview, the 61-year-old musician calls it "a humanistic work that erases the limits between spectator and composer."

Mayor Mauricio Macri's approval for the concert was a vote of confidence for the talented artist with a troubled past. No-shows and drug habits left him in a psychiatric hospital five years ago. Garcia says he also got Yoko Ono's blessing for his latest adventure.