Sad news to report as Marsha Zazula, the legendary co-founder of Megaforce Records which launched the careers of Metallica, Anthrax, King’s X and many others, has died. She was 68 years old. News of her passing was shared by her daughter Rikki, writing: “RIP Mom April 21, 1952 -January 10, 2021 Your love, Your strength, Your memory and Your music has changed lives and will continue to FOREVER.” Marsha formed Megaforce with her husband Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula in 1983, as metal music lovers and entrepreneurs with no prior industry experience, but founded a brand that will always hold an iconic place in the hearts of metal fans and band. In Jonny’s 2020 memoir, he largely credited a lot of the success of the label to Marsha. The label released Metallica’s first two albums, 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning”, before the band signed to Elektra. Other bands they fostered and worked with included Testament, Overkill, Ace Frehley, Ministry, Stormtroopers Of Death, Raven, and many more. The Zazula’s latest venture was Breaking Bands, a music management, and services company run with Chuck Billy of Testament and Maria Ferrero. RIP Marsha.
Ace Frehley has shared a cover version of the Deep Purple classic “Space Truckin'”. The track will appear on Origins Vol. 2, the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist, due on September 18 via eOne.
In a story we reported several months ago, Hasbro has completed their acquisition of Entertainment One (eOne Records, eOne Heavy) and their properties. The move adds more global brands to Hasbro’s cadre of entertainment offerings. Originally founded as music distributor Records on Wheels in 1970, but today has a plethora of well-known music, film, and television brands. eOne’s music offerings includes the libraries of Artemis Records, Death Row Records, and Dualtone Records as well as Grammy winners High on Fire, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Zakk Wyle’s Black Label Society, Crowbar, Ace Frehley, The Blue Stones, Arkells, The Bloody Beetroots, Lights, The Game, Teagan and Sara and more.
I wish I could say I knew Jonny Zazula back in the day, but I wasn’t quite old enough. Sure, I had heard all the stories. As a major Metallica and Anthrax fan, Jon and his wife Marsha’s life stories are Metal history as much as any riff, album or chorus. I bumped into Jon about twelve years ago at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. I was there to see a Testament headline show. Jon and Eddie Trunk, who owes his career to Jon and Marsha to an extent, walked right by and I totally fanboyed out. I’m pretty sure I blurted out something lame like “Holy shit, Jonny Z! Thanks for everything!”, since that what was in my heart. He gave me like a half-pat on the arm, half a “hey dude I need to get by you” move and slipped past me on his way backstage. Trunk just smiled. That was my in-person brush with him, until a recent phone interview (coming soon) for this book release. The book is a memoir about an enterprising music lover who put a genre or two on his back and raised up everyone around him toward greatness.
Rocklahoma 2019. Three days in the sun, dust, and more sun over Memorial Day weekend (four days technically if you count the Thursday night pre-party). This was the 12 year of this annual festival and it was set to be one for the books from the get-go. Getting to this massive party was no small task on my part. Driving from New Hampshire to Oklahoma isn’t exactly a relaxing Sunday drive. Two full days of driving, two full-on tornadoes, and 1,700 miles later, I had arrived at my Air BnB in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Roughly 50 minutes outside of Pryor.Continue reading
Ready to lift off down in Pryor, Oklahoma, Rocklahoma 2019 is going to be a three-day, non-stop rock and metal party, and Ghost Cult will be there to bring you the coverage! The lineup boasts Korn, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment will be joined by Steel Panther, Jackyl, Sevendust, Bad Wolves, GWAR, Buckcherry and many more this Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019, at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Get ready to rock out with our day by day must-see bands, set times and other info. Continue reading
Long-running American rock and metal festival Rocklahoma had unveiled its 2019 lineup! Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment will be joined by Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandria, Tech N9NE, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, Beartooth, Sevendust, Black Stone Cherry, Avatar, Fever 333, Lita Ford, Palaye Royale, Ace Frehley, Wheeler Walker Jr, New Years Day, Bad Wolves, and many more listed below. Taking place Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019, at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Early Bird Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 17th At 10:00 AM CT at the links below. Continue reading
In sad news, Todd Youth (born Todd Schofield). Legend of bands like Agnostic Front, Danzig, Ace Frehley, Bloodclot, Fireburn, Murphy’s Law and many more has passed away. He was 48. Todd passed suddenly and unexpectedly, and as of now, there is no further information at this time. Todd played guitar and bass in many bands, getting his start in Murphy’s Law in the NYHC scene at the age of 12. The news of Todd’s passing was shared by Israel Joseph I (Bad Brains, Fireburn) on Facebook.Continue reading
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On this day in 1978 the four founding members of Kiss: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss released their solo albums on the same day. They are charted and sold millions since Kiss were the biggest band in the world at this time. The band will now release the ‘The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection’, a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that’s earmarked for release on October 19th. Details below.Continue reading