Interview with . . . Jon Zazula

Jon Zazula

Jon Zazula is a man after my own heart. He rose from the ashes of Wall Street in the early 80s. In order to make a living, Zazula established a record store, Rock N’ Roll Heaven, and eventually a record label, Megaforce Records. Starting a record label wasn’t part of his original plan but after receiving a demo tape from an unknown band called Metallica, Zazula changed course so that the world could hear their music.

He has recently released a book, Heavy Tales, that is available on his website and Amazon. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be able to interview Mr. Zazula. Keep reading to find out more.

Who was the first band/artist that you saw in concert?

The first concert I ever saw was a Peter Paul and Mary folk concert. I was very young. They were great.

But my first Rock Concert was a young Stevie Wonder and the Young Rascals on the same stage. I was 12/13 years old and took a train myself from the Bronx to Blayne Ny

What was the last concert that you attended?

The last concert was an The Absence local hometown show in Tampa. I was hoping to see King Diamond Nov 5th but I’ll be out of town . I’m bummed

Is it ever too late to start something new?

For me putting out this book is a new endeavor. If something really blew me away my juices might start flowing again but nothing has has.

What is involved with starting an indie record label?

You gotta be crazy and lucky. I also don’t advise starting a label unless you plan to really get out there and promote your acts.

Are there any unheard of metal bands that you think people should know?

I’m very big on The Absense and ARCANIA from France

Do you have a favorite scary movie?

Yes the EXORCIST but I love Devils Rejects

How is the music scene different than in the 80s?

In the 80’s it was more fresh and exciting. People were getting turned on to it. Now it’s a more acceptable art form and people know what to expect. Metal is also much more abundant and bigger than ever. Just look at how many massive metal festivals there are all over the world. A band can now tour for years.

How is it the same?

The love for it hasn’t changed. The best aggressive music remains

Metal.

Is there anything that you haven’t done yet?

I haven’t personally promoted a stadium show.

I’d like to do that….. NOT

Truth : Walking away from The Disco Biscuits and not staying on to make them one of the Biggest bands in the world really bothers me.

What do you want people to know about you?

That I was a very lucky and blessed man . When you read the book you’ll see just what I mean. Metallica, Anthrax,Ministry,Testament, KingsX,Ace Frehley,Overkill,Warren Haynes,Anvil,Raven , Mercyful Fate and the Disco Biscuits all miracles.

Heavy Tales: #bookreview

Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness.

It’s possible that you may not have heard of Jon Zazula but he was extremely influential in the careers of many heavy metal bands. Without Jon Zazula, Metallica and Anthrax might not have had the same success.

Zazula tells the story of how he went from working on Wall Street to selling vinyl records at a flea market to make a living. He and his wife, Marsha, began selling records which led to owning an actual record store and promoting concerts.

One day someone brought in a demo of an unknown band named Metallica. Zazula immediately called the band and brought them to the East Coast to record their album, Kill ‘Em All. It was the first album for Zazula’s record label, Megaforce Records.

He does talk about how his bipolar disorder and drug use affected his life to a certain extent. Whatever personal problems Zazula had, he tried to keep it together in order to help many bands become successful.

His wife, Marsha, must be an angel because she stuck by her husband through imprisonment, rock and roll tours, manic depression and a downgrade of their business. They also raised a family at the same time that they were building their record store, band management company and record label. It take a couple of strong people to make it through all of the trials that they had to deal with.

Some of the bands that they worked with include: Metallica, Anthrax, Testament, Mercyful Fate, Raven, Overkill, Exciter, Stormtroopers of Death, Method of Destruction, Ace Frehley, King’s X, Ministry, Mindfunk, Nudeswirl, Warren Haynes, Disco Biscuits.

There are several funny stories. Zazula seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about life in general. Can you imagine having Metallica as the guest at your house?

If you are a diehard heavy metal fan, then you will definitely appreciate this book. It is interesting to see how some of the bands got their chance at really being rockstars.

If you are a fan of censorship or a member of the Parent Music Resource Center, then you might not be a fan of this book.

You can find the book at Amazon and Zazula’s website.

  • I received an ARC in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Favorite Shows for #Spooktober: Grimm

Grimm


Grimm is a fantasy/police drama that is inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Nick Burkhardt, a Portland homicide detective, has discovered that he can see supernatural creatures who also have a human form. Before she passed away,his aunt told him that he is a descendant of the Grimms, who hunted the wesen (supernatural beings).

There are six seasons of Grimm. Currently, I’m on season 5. I’ve given up looking for Cinderella. Grimm doesn’t seem to retell the fairy tales that most of us know. They writers have created their own stories that have their own history. Occasionally, there is a character that I recognize like the Chupacabra.

Most of the story takes place in Portland. It’s perfect for a show that deals with odd and sometimes spooky or creepy characters.

Before revealing his secret, Nick spent a lot of time trying to protect his partner, Hank, and girlfriend, Juliette. He makes friends with three wesen: Monroe, Rosalee and Bud. It’s almost unheard of for a Grimm to be friends with wesen.

It’s hard to decide who my favorite character is. Maybe Monroe is my favorite because he’s kind of nerdy and adorable but also a bit ferocious.

If you want to know more about the show, visit The Grimm Profiler.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Tsunami Bomb

Tsunami Bomb has an incredible amount of energy. I wonder how much coffee they drink. Do they even get their energy from coffee? Maybe they get revived whenever someone listens to their music. It would explain why I don’t have any energy and why I keep listening. They’ve cast a spell on me.

They are releasing their album, The Spine That Binds, on November 8. It has been 15 years since they have released an album.

 

Tsunami Bomb is definitely punk rock. I can’t think of any one band that they sound like. It is cool that they have more than one female singer. It doesn’t seem like they are trying to fight for the lead. Whatever they are doing, they make it work.

My favorite song on the album is “Tidal.” “Lullaby for the End of the World” is also pretty good.

Tsunami Bomb was created in 1998 in Petaluma, California. They’ve been on again/off again with different lineups. Currently, the band is together.

Tsunami Bomb:

Dominic Davi (bass),
Oobliette Sparks (keyboards/Vocals),
Gabe Lindeman (Drums),
Kate Jacobi (Vocals),
Andrew Pohl (Guitars)

Links:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/53BqvVW6sJN4RLfqIH0tiA

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/eg/album/the-hathors/1477069647?i=1477069650

Meet and Greet: For I Am

For I Am
Photo by Gresle Photography

Who: For I Am. The band members are from Geel, Mol, Antwerp and Lier in Belgium.

What: For I Am will be releasing an album, Late Bloomers, on November 11.

Why:

“Late Bloomers is what we are ourselves as a band, really. It shows how much we’ve matured in every way… in our music, in our lyrics and definitely in the time and effort we’ve put into creating this album. We truly hope people will see and hear that growth and will want to grow together with us!”
– Hanne, vocalist

Where: Their website is here. The album will be available in all of the usual places online.

For I Am is:

Stef Berghmans on guitar

Bjorn Blommé on guitar

Hanne Terweduwe on vocals

Stijn Janssens on drums

Bo Moris on bass guitar

Favorite Shows for #Spooktober: AHS Coven


American Horror Story: Coven is part of the horror anthology series American Horror Story. Every season is different but all scary in some way.

American Horror Story usually has a large cast. AHS: Coven includes
Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson as the main witches/voodoo priestesses. It takes place in New Orleans in 2013. There are also flashbacks to different periods of time – starting with the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.


Jessica Lange is Fiona Goode, Supreme of the Coven. Her health is failing because a new Supreme is rising but no one knows who it is yet. Her daughter, Cordelia, is the headmistress of Miss Robichaux’s Academy, a boarding school for young witches.


There has been a truce between the witches and Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Priestess. Angela Bassett portrays Marie Laveau. No one has ever been a better Marie Laveau. Unfortunately, the truce has been broken so there is some fighting between witches and voodoo practitioners. Cordelia is trying to keep the witches together but they fight amongst themselves.

My personal favorite character is Myrtle Snow. How many times can she be burned at the stake and make a grand re-entrance? She’s eccentric and a bit snobby but she is dedicated to Cordelia and the coven.

AHS: Coven is definitely my favorite season of AHS. I’ve watched parts of this season twice. However, I’m struggling to get through AHS: Hotel.

Plus, Stevie Nicks makes a guest appearance. What witch doesn’t love Stevie Nicks?

Cast

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Mark Lind & The Unloved

Mark Lind & The Unloved

Mark Lind & The Unloved of Boston, Massachusetts will be releasing a new album soon. You can preorder the album at this link: https://statelinerecords.bigcartel.com/product/mark-lind-the-unloved-the-last-bastion-cd

The music is punk rock/rock and roll. The definition of what counts as Punk rock is subjective. Not everyone agrees on what fits into the genre. Some people don’t think The Clash is punk enough. Mark Lind & The Unloved might not be punk rock enough for somebody but they still count.

Mark Lind’s voice sounds like Adam Pascal. Pascal played Roger in Rent and Theo in School of Rock. So now that I cannot unthink it, I hear the band as a punk rock theater band. I don’t know if that’s a thing but maybe it should be.

I would like to listen to this album in New York City – on or off Broadway.

Video

A really old video from Mark Lind & The Unloved


Who is in the band?

The Unloved on this recording are:
Jesse Mayer (Diablogato) – drums, enthusiasm
Andrew Moreyello (Art Thieves) – lead and harmony vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, musical director, co-signor
Jeff Morris (The Bruisers) – lead and rhythm guitars
Mark Lind – lead vocals, bass, some guitar, backing vocals
Benny Grotto – literally everything else

Links

Mark Lind on Facebook

Mark Lind and the Unloved on bandcamp