Metallica have announced a special, intimate show to celebrate the life and legacy of Megaforce Records founder Jon "Jonny Z" Zazula and his wife Marsha Zazula, who died in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Megaforce launched the thrash pioneers' career by releasing the band's first two albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning, before Metallica signed to major label Elektra. The tribute show will take place on Sunday, November 6th at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
"Jonny gave us our first break in New York, released our first albums on his Megaforce Records label, and put us out on the road for our first real tour," Metallica commented in a joint statement. "With Marsha by his side, Jonny was a mentor, a manager, a label head, and a father figure to us all. ... we would not be where we are today without the two of them. Sadly, we recently lost both Jonny and Marsha, just a little more than a year apart.
"We'll be cooking up a special setlist for you full of songs from our days with Jonny and Marsha at Megaforce. Our main touring partner from that time, Raven, will be joining us to add to the celebration and bring back the memories."
Tickets for the 7,000-seat theater show will be available starting at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 30th. Members of the Metallica fan club will have early access beginning Wednesday, September 28th.
A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated in Jonny and Marsha's name to MusiCares, a safety net supporting the health and welfare of the music community offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs to musicians and industry professionals. Additionally, All Within My Hands will once again be supporting Feeding South Florida with a donation following the show.
Join us on November 6 at @HardRockHolly in Hollywood, FL! This night will be extra-special as we’ll be joined by our old friends @official_raven to celebrate the life, legacy & achievements of Jonny & Marsha Zazula!— Metallica (@Metallica) September 26, 2022
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