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Taylor Hawkins receives Grammy tribute; No mention of Slipknot’s Joey Jordison during ‘In Memoriam’ segment

Posted by on April 4, 2022

    Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, passed away at the age of 50 just over a week ago. A beloved part of the rock and roll community, Taylor was honored with a special video package during the televised portion of the Grammy Awards ceremony’s “In Memoriam” segment. Host Trevor Noah said, “This was the […]

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Adrenaline PR remembers Jon Zazula following his passing

Posted by on February 3, 2022

  Metal-focused public relations firm Adrenaline PR is remembering metal/hard rock music industry icon Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula following his passing on February 1.  Said Adrenaline PR CEO and original employee of Zazula Maria Ferrero in a press release: “I am gutted, but have nothing but gratitude and love and appreciation for Jonny Z and […]

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Metallica, Raven, Anthrax, Overkill, and more react to death of Megaforce co-founder Jon Zazula

Posted by on February 2, 2022

  Metallica, Raven, Anthrax, Overkill, and more have since paid a tribute to Megaforce Records co-founder Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula, who passed away yesterday (1st). Zazula reportedly died from complications of the rare neuropathic disorder chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and osteopenia. It was also reported, the 69-year-old passed away […]

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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 […]

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Testament’s Chuck Billy lends voice to Jon Zazula’s Audible release of ‘Heavy Tales’

Posted by on July 15, 2020

  Megaforce Records founder Jon Zazula’s book Heavy Tales will be available as an audiobook via Audible on July 21st. An excerpt from the foreword, written by Testament frontman Chuck Billy is now available. Billy’s voice is also heard in the preface, as Zazula’s voice will be heard on the remainder of the audio copy […]

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Jon Zazula on Metallica’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’ “It was the greatest thing since sliced bread”

Posted by on November 21, 2019

Jon Zazula is known for taking risks. He surpassed working the 9-5 and accomplished a career many only dream about. Zazula went from owning a record store, Rock’n Roll Heaven, to building Megaforce Records in 1982. This, of course, led to signing Metallica. However, the label also brought on bands including Anthrax, Raven, Testament, and […]

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Metallica relive their early years for Spotify

Posted by on August 18, 2016

In 2000, Metallica decided they didn’t like their music being available for free via file sharing giant Napster. They sued the file sharing service after finding “I Disappear” from Mission: Impossible 2 on there before it was even available to radio. While they were derided at the time, they won the lawsuit, and have been relatively […]

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Metallica’s frontman was almost… Lars Ulrich

Posted by on May 4, 2016

It’s hard to imagine Metallica without James Hetfield as their frontman. While they were able to move on following the death of Cliff Burton, Hetfield, Hammett and Ulrich fit their parts in so well that it’s next to impossible to think about anyone singing other than Hetfield. However, in a new interview with Metal Hammer, the […]

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Steve “Zetro” Souza on his return and future with Exodus

Posted by on July 29, 2014

There’s no denying that Steve “Zetro” Souza left a massive imprint in Exodus, having sung on five albums between 1987 and 1992 (as well as the thrash legend’s 2004 comeback album Tempo Of The Damned). However, Zetro’s return to Exodus last month was nonetheless a shocker. For starters, things seemed to be going swell for […]

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Unsigned & Streamed: Shattered Sun

Posted by on May 6, 2014

Why should major label bands be the only ones who get love? Unsigned & Streamed is a column where we stream a song from an unsigned band we at Metal Insider really dig. You may have first heard Shattered Sun’s name attached to Breaking Bands, the new management company spearheaded by Testament’s Chuck Billy, Jon and Marsha Zazula, and […]

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