Backstage Auctions, Inc. is honored to present The Jon & Marsha Zazula Private Collection memorabilia auction. The Zazulas, who are inducted in the Hall of Heavy Metal History (The Metal Hall of Fame), founded Megaforce Records and cemented their position as the de-facto music label in America for heavy metal. From their humble beginnings at the Indoor Market along Route 18 in East Brunswick, New Jersey to their global recognition, awards and various inductions, the “Z’s” were trailblazers in the metal arena. This auction is a celebration of the life and careers of Jon and Marsha Zazula.
“Progressive rock” is a term that can encompass a wide variety of sounds. At one point or another in their 35-year history, Porcupine Tree — the brainchild of Steven Wilson — have probably touched upon most of these. Having put out several albums of electronica-infused psychedelic space rock since their formation in 1987, the band reached a peak of critical and commercial success in the 2000s with the metal-influenced experimental songcraft exemplified by In Absentia and Fear of a Blank Planet. By the start of 2011, however, Porcupine Tree appeared to be no more, with Wilson announcing a hiatus to focus on his solo career; he stated as recently as 2018 that getting the band back together “would seem like a terribly backward step”.
April 21, 2022 would have been the 70th birthday for legendary music industry leader Marsha Zazula. Best known for co-founding Megaforce Records, Crazed Management, and putting Metallica, and countless other bands on the map with her husband and partner Johnny Z. Marsha passed away in 202, but her star burns no less bright today. Read this tribute to her life and career by peers Adrenaline PR, as well as the New York Times memorial of her life from last year.
With all the excitement The Grammy Awards provide every year, Metal fans are always reminded we matter less than Pop stars. While a great standalone tribe acknowledged Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed away at 50 on March 25th, the televised portion of the Grammy Awards ceremony’s “In Memoriam” segment omitted mention of Metal legends Joey Jordison of Slipknot, and Jon Zazula founder of discoverer of Metallica and founder Megaforce Records. Also omitted, Moody Blues co-founder Graeme Edge. The Recording Academy listed those left out ofthe broadcast along with several hundred other musicians and industry leaders that passed away on the Grammy.com web site under the “The Recording Academy Remembers The Music People We’ve Lost: Grammy In Memoriam” section. The 64th Grammy Awards took place Sunday, April 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and were broadcast live on CBS, and hosted by Trevor Noah. Watch the special tribute to Taylor Hawkins here:
In a series of posts to their social media accounts, Metallica and its co-founders Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield paid tribute to Jonathan “Jonny Z” Zazula, who along with his wife Marsha Zazula pulled the band out of underground obscurity and helped launched their career. Jon and Marsha’s label Megaforce Records released Metallica’s debut album Kill Em All, in 1983. Jon died yesterday, January 31st, 2022 surrounded by family and friends in Florida. Marsha passed away last year on January 10th, 2021. Read the posts below and see our news about Jonny and the world of artists who paid tribute to him.
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.
Anthrax has launched a new six-episode video series, to help celebrate with the release of the deluxe anniversary edition of their fifth studio album, the Gold-certified Persistence of Time on August 21, 2020, 30 years to the day after its initial release. The first video, “Dali”, is streaming now and can be seen below. The album was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson (Megaforce). It will be available exclusively on disc and vinyl, the CD package will include two CDs and one DVD, the vinyl edition offers four LPs, as well as revised cover art that reflects what had been the album’s original visual concept The album is fully remastered with newly refashioned cover art. Pre-orders are live at the links below.
Anthrax will celebrate with the release of the deluxe anniversary edition of their fifth studio album, the Gold-certified Persistence of Time on August 21, 2020, 30 years to the day after its initial release. The album was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson (Megaforce). It will be available exclusively on disc and vinyl, the CD package will include two CDs and one DVD, the vinyl edition offers four LPs, as well as revised cover art that reflects what had been the album’s original visual concept The album is fully remastered with newly refashioned cover art. Pre-orders are live at the links below.
The Hall of Heavy Metal History Metal Hall of Fame Gala takes place every winter around The NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. Hosted by television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk (Trunk Nation That Metal Show), and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The event will feature performances by legendary drummers and Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice, as well as a performance by hard rock/punk icon Jean Beauvoir. Los Angeles heavy rock/metal group Budderside will open the show. The full list of inductees is below This is fast becoming one of the biggest events in the yearly metal calendar.