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Metallica Play Old School Set Honoring Megaforce Founders: Video + Setlist

Metallica performed an old-school set of songs from their first two albums in honor of Megaforce Records’ late founders Jon and Marsha Zazula, who died in 2022 and 2021, respectively.

The show took place last night (November 6) at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Metallica performed songs from their debut album Kill ‘Em All and its follow-up Ride the Lightning – both released by the Zazulas and helping to launch Metallica’s illustrious career.

The 16-song set began with the epic “Creeping Death” and included numerous highlight cuts from both albums: “Seek & Destroy”, “Ride the Lightning”, “Fade to Black” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. to name a few. Signature covers of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” and Blizkrieg’s “Blitzkrieg” also made it onto the set, having been famously covered by Metallica in their early years. Raven, a former Megaforce colleague, supported the evening, repeating the 1983 tour package on which the two bands performed.

When initially announcing the show, Metallica made the following statement: “Jonny got us our first break in New York, released our first albums on his label Megaforce Records and sent us on tour for our first real tour. With Marsha by his side, Jonny has been a mentor, a manager, a label boss and a father figure to all of us… we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. Unfortunately, we recently lost both Jonny and Marsha, just over a year apart.”

The Zazula family responded with a statement of their own: “The Zazula family is beyond humbled and grateful that Metallica is performing this show in honor of our parents,” the Zazula family said. “The pride our parents felt in every member of the Metallica community, from the band members to the fans, was insurmountable.”

Below is fan footage and the full setlist from Metallica’s tribute show to the Zazulas.

Metallica Setlist:
creeping death
Ride the Lightning
engine breath
No mercy
Trapped under ice
The Call of Cthulhu
Phantom Lord
am i angry
metal militia
Who the hour strikes
Fade to black
Fight fire with fire
flash war
Hit the lights