Music industry executive Jon Zazula (AKA Jonny Z) – co-founder of Megaforce Records – has sadly died at the age of 69. Megaforce Records’ social page broke the news today, February 1st, with the following message:
“The world of rock and metal would not be what it is today without Jon Zazula.
Jon’s love of music and musicians was unwavering. A giant was lost today.
Rest In Peace Jon.”
Jon along with his wife and Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula (who passed away January 2021) were not only credited in helping kick start Metallica’s career, but also in assisting to launch the east coast thrash metal scene in the early ’80s.
Metal artists who have released music through Megaforce Records since Jon and Martha founded the label in 1982 include Anthrax, Mercyful Fate, Ministry, Overkill, Testament, S.O.D., Vio-lence, and many more.
RIP, Jonny. See a few tributes below.
So sad to hear of the passing of Jon Zazula. He was east coast and I was west coast in the early days of metal. He worked with so many amazing bands #ripjonzazula
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) February 1, 2022
— Monte Pittman (@montepittman) February 2, 2022
The heavy metal community has suffered a tremendous loss today. Jon Zazula was a true legend and trailblazer who changed the course of this genre forever. Many of us owe our careers and livelihoods to him, whether it be directly or indirectly. #MetalGod
— Season of Mist (@SeasonofMist) February 1, 2022
Sad to hear that Jonny Z, a massive legend in the metal world, has passed away. RIP Mr Z pic.twitter.com/6nvDZlq12z
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) February 1, 2022
— Venom Inc (@venom_inc) February 1, 2022
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