Concert Promoter Gina Zamparelli Dies @ 59 – Perkins Palace – Los Angeles
Los Angeles-based concert promoter Gina Zamparelli died on May 21, 2018 after battling glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the brain. She was 59 years old.
Gina Zamparelli was the first woman concert promoter to produce shows in major venues with national-level artists in the United States. In addition to producing sold-out concerts at Perkins Palace, The Roxy Theatre, The Whisky a Go Go, The Hollywood Palladium, The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and The Wadsworth Theatre, her work also helped several bands secure record deals.
Zamparelli was the daughter of Sri-Lankan model and Miss Universe title-holder Maureen Hingert and American designer Mario Armond Zamparelli.
Jack Russell: “Heaven gained an Angel yesterday! The First Lady of The California 80’s Music Scene Gina Zamparelli was called to Heaven. Sweet Gina, You will be missed so much by family and friends and lets not forget her love for animals!
Gina, Thank you for all you did in the early years of Great White and so many others bands. Your love for the music and the business! Your kind heart and friendship through the years. So glad we reconnected at The Rose in Pasadena late last year. Enjoy your wings Sweet Gina! I know you will have an All Access Pass in Heaven! God bless your family and countless friends. Till we meet again………….”
Ron Keel: “The rock n roll business in Heaven just got one hell of an upgrade. On behalf of all current and former members of my bands and the entire Keel family, our condolences to the legions that love Gina Zamparelli and the thousands of lives she touched in a positive way.”
Armored Saint: “The Armored Saint family sends condolences to the family and friends of Gina Zamparelli who passed away on Monday from a brain tumor. Gina was instrumental in vitalizing the local music scene in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles which is where our band started. When Heavy Metal was a new term, Gina promoted shows in the Pasadena area and gave Armored Saint many of our fist gigs playing alongside WASP, Ratt, Great White, Steeler, Black and Blue, Malice and Odin to name a few. The San Gabriel Metal scene started right then and there in 1982, 83. Thank you Gina, what a great time that was. We wish the family well and may Gina rest in peace.”
— Slash (@Slash) May 23, 2018