Rocco Prestia: 1951-2020
Legendary fingerstyle funk bassist leaves unparalleled legacy
By Jon Liebman
September 30, 2020
Francis Rocco Prestia, longtime legendary bass player for Tower of Power, has passed away at the age of 69 after a long battle with various health issues.
In a statement of Rocco’s Facebook page, admin Brian Rachlin wrote:
Rocco passed away last night at age 69. There was so much more music to make and many more things to do for this man. It’s a terrible loss to the music community. Many tributes will follow. Many words will be said.
I believe that some people are just born to play a particular instrument and Rocco was born to be a bass player. He had many influences, but he took those influences and turned them into his own style of “Finger Style Funk.”
Rocco’s contribution to Tower of Power speaks for itself. He was very much responsible for creating their sound.
He leaves behind a legacy through his recorded music and videos and will live on in the memories of all the fans all over the world that he thrilled with his work.
He had a wonderful smile and when he smiled at something you did or said it made you feel great.
After years of medical problems he is finally at peace and at rest.
Thank you Rocco for a job well done.
Thank you for being Rocco.