Metallica honoring Megaforce Records founder with special show

Band will headline casino show in Nov

Metallica is honoring Megaforce Records owner and founder Jonny Zazula and his wife Marsha with a special show in Florida. The band will headline the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on Sunday, November 6th. This night will celebrate the life, legacy, and achievements of the husband and wife duo.

“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. 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,” the band shares.

“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 on Friday, September 30th at 10 am EDT. Fifth Member fan club members 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.

Jonny died in February 2022 from complications of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIPD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and osteopenia. Marsha passed away from cancer in January 2021.

Megaforce released Metallica’s first two albums — 1983’s Kill ‘Em All and 1984’s Ride The Lightning — before the group signed a major deal with Elektra Records. Anthrax, Testament, Ace Frehley and others were also among the label’s roster. SiriusXM radio host and TV personality Eddie Trunk worked for the label for four years in the 1980s, getting the band’s first two albums issued on CD — a new format at the time — and convincing Zazula to sign Frehley to a solo deal.

The band will wrap the year with another intimate show on December 16th in Los Angeles. The band will be hosting the third in-person Helping Hands Concert & Auction at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. All proceeds will benefit the band’s All Within My Hands foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation focused on creating sustainable communities by tackling issues including hunger and workforce education.

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