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Author Archive: Todd 'ToddStar' Jolicoeur

ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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STYX ‘THE MISSION LANDS AT #6 ON BILLBOARD’S “TOP ROCK ALBUMS” CHART

STYX ‘THE MISSION LANDS AT #6 ON BILLBOARD’S “TOP ROCK ALBUMS” CHART

| 28 June 2017 | Reply

June 27, 2017 — STYX’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 16th studio album, THE MISSION, has rocketed to the top of various Billboard’s charts thanks to a solid album that has connected with their longtime fans as well as new fans who are discovering them for the first time. THE MISSION’s chart positions: #6 Top Rock Albums […]

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INTERVIEW: JOHN CONNOLLY of PROJECTED – June 2017

INTERVIEW: JOHN CONNOLLY of PROJECTED – June 2017

| 28 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Coming on the heels of the recently released EPK and album announcement, Projected returns with the video for the debut single “Reload.” The song comes from the band’s sophomore double-length release, Ignite My Insanity, scheduled for release on July 21st via Rat Pak Records. The two-disc collection is now available for pre-order in various configurations at http://www.ratpakrecords.com/Projected as […]

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10 Quick Ones with PETER HELLERS from YEAR OF THE LOCUST – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with PETER HELLERS from YEAR OF THE LOCUST – June 2017

| 27 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Hard Rock band Year of the Locust- YOTL has announced tour dates with Devour the Day and Sons of Texas. The tour will kick off on June 27th in Monroe, LA at Live Oaks. In addition the band has released The “MOVIN” ON” music video made from tour footage in 2017 alongside Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel, Tantric and Saliva while […]

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10 Quick Ones with CHRIS LEWIS from PHEAR – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with CHRIS LEWIS from PHEAR – June 2017

| 27 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “If you long for the sounds of vintage power and thrash metal with a prog twist, then there is a fast-rising band that perfectly fits this description – Phear. Comprised of Patrick Mulock – Lead Vocals, Graham Stirrett – Guitar / Backing Vocals, Tyson Emanuel – Guitar / Backing […]

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10 Quick Ones with RUSSELL RAY from VYCES – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with RUSSELL RAY from VYCES – June 2017

| 23 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles, California Independent Heavy Active Rock Band VYCES premiered the video for their latest single “Nocturnal” featuring Carla Harvey of Butch Babies on Bravewords.com today! “Nocturnal” was released to all digital media outlets on June 6th and will be on their next EP titled ‘Angels’ due out Fall of 2017. The debut single is currently impacting radio with early adds […]

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10 Quick Ones with CHASE MANHATTAN from NIGHT ARGENT – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with CHASE MANHATTAN from NIGHT ARGENT – June 2017

| 23 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, Washington alternative pop rock outfit Night Argent announced the release of their highly anticipated sophomore EP, The Fear, set for July 14, 2017 with Outerloop Records. The Fear EP was written and produced by Night Argent (Rainmaker Studios), co-written and produced in part by John Feldmann (Neon Trees, […]

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LIVE: AVENGED SEVENFOLD wsg IN THIS MOMENT – June 19, 2017

LIVE: AVENGED SEVENFOLD wsg IN THIS MOMENT – June 19, 2017

| 23 June 2017 | Reply

Venue: Soaring Eagle Casino City: Mt. Pleasant, MI Date: June 19, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) When Avenged Sevenfold announced a one-off show at Soaring Eagle Casino while in the midst of a huge tour with Metallica, there was no question I wanted to attend this show… these guys have blown […]

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10 Quick Ones with ZEB CHRISTENSEN from SCREAMING FOR SILENCE – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with ZEB CHRISTENSEN from SCREAMING FOR SILENCE – June 2017

| 22 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Screaming for Silence have announced tour dates in support of their new, independent release titled House of Glass due out on July 28, 2017. The House of Glass Tour will kick off on the same day, July 28th in Ames, Iowa at DG’s Taphouse and conclude on August 19th in Omaha, Nebraska. The band […]

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LIVE: LIVEWIRE LOUD 2017 featuring HALESTORM & SKILLET – June 16, 2017

LIVE: LIVEWIRE LOUD 2017 featuring HALESTORM & SKILLET – June 16, 2017

| 21 June 2017 | Reply

Venue: Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center City: Flint, MI Date: June 16, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Loudwire Live brought another killer lineup to Flint, MI in 2017.  Who wouldn’t want to see Skillet take the stage just after the dinner hour only to have that followed up by Halestorm? […]

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Chicago Open Air With Ozzy, KISS, Korn & More – Set Times Announced

Chicago Open Air With Ozzy, KISS, Korn & More – Set Times Announced

| 21 June 2017 | Reply

Performance times have been announced for the 40-plus bands playing the second annual Chicago Open Air festival, July 14, 15 and 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. The Chicago Open Air music lineup leads off with a rare U.S. festival appearance from rock legends KISS (headlining Friday) as well as one of the first solo performances from Ozzy Osbourne (headlining Sunday) since the final Black Sabbath tour, where he will […]

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10 Quick Ones with UPRIGHT MAN – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with UPRIGHT MAN – June 2017

| 21 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “New York City-based rock band Upright Man – Aidan Dolan (guitar/vocals), Nick Katz (bass/vocals), Max Yassky (drums/percussion/background vocals) – is set to release their dynamic self-titled debut album on August 18th.  The album’s ten shimmering tracks were produced by Marc Copely (Roseanne Cash, B.B. King, Billy Squire) and Zev […]

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CD REVIEW: STYX – The Mission

CD REVIEW: STYX – The Mission

| 20 June 2017 | Reply

Label: ALPHA DOG 2T/UMe Release Date: June 16, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Styx went into new and familiar territory at the same time with their first release in 14 years… The Mission.  This disc takes us back to the day of a disc that actually tells a cohesive story from first […]

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9 Quick Ones with BUGGY from ALARM FOR WAR – June 2017

9 Quick Ones with BUGGY from ALARM FOR WAR – June 2017

| 20 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Sam AKA ‘Buggy’ is a young rocker that mixes rap with rock on a new energetic track.” We get Buggy to answer our 9 Quick Ones about the new release, his influences, and more… 1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the […]

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10 Quick Ones with JONNY ROSS from SMALL TOWN TITANS – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with JONNY ROSS from SMALL TOWN TITANS – June 2017

| 20 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Small Town Titans have released an acoustic version of their brand new single titled “Too Much To Dream” that was based off of a poem written by one of their fans, Don Mattox, a veteran of the U.S. Military. In addition, the band has launched a PledgeMusic Campaign for pre-orders of the official single […]

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STYX ‘THE MISSION,’ FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, OUT TODAY ON ALPHA DOG 2T/UMe

STYX ‘THE MISSION,’ FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, OUT TODAY ON ALPHA DOG 2T/UMe

| 20 June 2017 | Reply

Friday, June 16 – Ladies and gentlemen, we have liftoff. STYX’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 16th studio album, THE MISSION, has officially launched into the sonic atmosphere around the world on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. The first single, “Gone Gone Gone,” quickly rocketed up Mediabase’s “Classic Rock” charts. A video can be seen here. […]

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LIVE: SALIVA– June 15, 2017

LIVE: SALIVA– June 15, 2017

| 19 June 2017 | Reply

Venue: St. Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: June 15, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Saliva is alive and kicking… don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  The foursome rolled their bus through Detroit Rock City and made a planned stop at St. Andrews Hall for a killer show full of hits […]

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LIVE: BONNAROO 2017 – June 8-11, 2017

LIVE: BONNAROO 2017 – June 8-11, 2017

| 16 June 2017 | Reply

City: Manchester, TN Date: June 8-11, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Bonnaroo kicked off season 16 under immense pressure following the all time low attendance of 45,000 last year. The organizers decided not to rest on their laurels and came out swinging. First, they locked down U2 for their first appearance in an […]

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10 Quick Ones with ENRICO MINELLI from OWL COMPANY – June 2017

10 Quick Ones with ENRICO MINELLI from OWL COMPANY – June 2017

| 15 June 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Owl Company, a new band from São Paulo, Brazil will release their debut full length album Horizon on Friday, July 14th. “Riddles” is the first single. Owl Company consists of Enrico Minelli (vocals), Thiago Biasoli (drums), Fabio Yamamoto (bass) and Felipe Ruiz (guitar). The release of Horizon will be followed by tours of the USA and Europe this summer and fall.  It’s hoped the album and tours […]

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Gene Simmons Seeks Opening Act And ‘Rockstar Kid’ For Wizard World’s Aug 26 Concert

Gene Simmons Seeks Opening Act And ‘Rockstar Kid’ For Wizard World’s Aug 26 Concert

| 14 June 2017 | Reply

CHICAGO, June 13, 2017 — It’s the chance of a lifetime for musicians all across Greater Chicago, as famed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons and Wizard World seek an outstanding local band to perform as one of the opening acts for “Wizard World: An Evening with Gene Simmons and His Band,” Saturday, August 26, beginning […]

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MR. BIG ‘Defying Gravity’ New Release Dates – 7/21 For CD, Deluxe CD/DVD, Digital

MR. BIG ‘Defying Gravity’ New Release Dates – 7/21 For CD, Deluxe CD/DVD, Digital

| 14 June 2017 | Reply

June 13, 2017 — Frontiers Music Srl announced full format details and a slightly delayed release date for MR BIG’s new album, ‘Defying Gravity’, pushing it back from the previously announced street date of July 7. The album will be available on CD, LP, deluxe CD/DVD, digitally and a deluxe Collector’s Edition box set that includes: deluxe CD/DVD, LP, poster, numbered lithograph, […]

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