Metallica is returning to the intimate confines of Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Nov. 6.
The rock gods will perform a tribute show to honor the memories of Jonny and Marsha Zazula, founders of Megaforce Records who helped create the American metal scene that gave rise to Metallica, Anthrax, Testament, Ministry, Raven and other bands.
Jonny Zazula died from a neurological illness in February at his home in Clermont, outside of Orlando, less than a year after Marsha died from cancer.
Tickets for the Hard Rock Live concert, starting at $105+, are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, with a fan-club presale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. For more information, visit Metallica.com.
Metallica made its debut at 7,000-seat Hard Rock Live in November 2021, and the show was a quick sellout.
The band says its set this time around will spotlight music made during their time with Megaforce in the early 1980s. Raven, which toured with Metallica during that time, will open the Hard Rock Live show.
The Zazulas were music fans in East Brunswick, N.J., who were selling records at flea markets when they began organizing one-off concerts by local metal bands. A demo tape from an unknown band from California encouraged them to create Megaforce, which released Metallica’s first two albums, “Kill ‘Em All” (1983) and “Ride the Lightning” (1984).
When Jonny Zazula died, Metallica posted an appreciation on Twitter: “In 1982, when no one wanted to take a chance on four kids from California playing a crazy brand of metal, Jonny and Marsha did, and the rest, as they say, is history.”
A portion of the proceeds from the Hard Rock Live concert will be donated in Jonny and Marsha’s name to MusiCares, the safety-net program for musicians and industry professionals. Metallica’s nonprofit All Within My Hands will support Feeding South Florida with a donation.