Marsha Zazula, ‘Steel Matriarch’ of Metallica and Others, Dies at 68

“Marsha and I went to bars and changed all the leaflets every two to three days,” wrote Mr. Zazula in his book, “and we posted telephone poles as if we were going to vote.”

In 1982 someone brought a demo tape from a West Coast band into the store. Realizing they were hearing something special, the zazulas urged the unknown band Metallica to come east to play some shows. The group crashed at the Zazula’s home for a while, “and things went a little crazy when women followed them home and ran around the house,” Ms. Zazula told Courier Post in Camden, New Jersey, in 2009. The Zazulas started Megaforce to release the band’s “Kill ‘Em All”.

Other bands and albums followed, with the zazulas often giving the musicians a place to stay and feeding them while barely feeding themselves.

“Marsha and I didn’t make any money,” Zazula-san said in Louder Than Hell. “We had just got into our first house and all of this happened when our children were born.”

As Ms. Zazula said in her interview with “Moguls and Madmen”: “Bologna was our filet mignon.”

Mr. Hetfield alluded to this time and Ms. Zazula’s role in his Instagram post.

“She was our mother when I didn’t have one,” he said. “She made great sacrifices to make Metallica grow.”

And the band or their popularity grew so much that after the release of the second Megaforce album “Ride the Lightning” in 1984 Metallica switched to a bigger label, Elektra. Other bands, including Anthrax, followed a similar path, breaking on the Megaforce label (Anthrax with the 1984 album “Fistful of Metal”) and then switching to a bigger one.

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