Legendary Megaforce co-founder Jon Zazula has passed away

Posted by on February 1, 2022


We are saddened to report Megaforce Records co-founder Jon Zazula has passed away. According to Variety, Zazula passed away earlier today (1st) surrounded by his brother, daughters, granddaughters, and friends. He became a legend who launched the iconic label, which brought us Metallica’s debut album, Kill ‘Em All, along with many renowned artists, including Anthrax, Raven, and Testament. He was 69-years old and left just over a year after his wife, Marsha, passed away in January 2021

Zazula has left such an acclaimed landmark, as he was known for taking risks, surpassing the 9-5 hour days, building a career that many would only dream of having. A legend who started out owning a Record Store to build Megaforce Records in 1982. With a history of remarkable events and an inspiring career, Zazula shared his tales in his latest book, Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula, which was released in 2019. Metal Insider was lucky to speak with Zazula, as he expressed how building Megaforce helped keep him sane and learned how to always push forward and think ahead. He will be remembered as such, and our thoughts go out to Zazula’s family and friends during this difficult time.


Members in the metal community are crushed by this news as tributes are being shared on social media:



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