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TODDSTAR’S TOP 50 RELEASES OF 2016 + LIVE RECAP

| 30 December 2016 | Reply

As the year closes out… it is literally less than 62 hours from now until the end of 2016… I am faced with ranking all of the great material that surfaced over the last 12 months.  With the turning tides and changing face of the music industry and its landscape, I dug into some classic material, shiny new stuff from classic rockers and new comers alike, and even some reissues, compilations, and live releases.  I have come to a couple conclusions as I look at my list for the year… my musical palate is ever changing, as broad as most can get, and I still LOVE music.  As my wife would tell you, other than family and friends, this is my passion.  That said, I am also looking at the list of material that is coming soon, the rumors of live shows to come, and the thoughts of cool interviews to tie into both the new discs and live shows and I am very excited to see what is headed our way…  Here are my choices for the Top 50 Music Releases of 2016 as well as links to related live shows and interviews, as well as links to some great live shows I had the honor to cover in words and photos.

TOP 50 RELEASES

1. Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct

2. Cheap Trick – Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello

Read my Live Review (July 14) HERE

See my Live Photos (July 14) HERE

Read my Live Review (July 13) HERE

See my Live Photos (July 13) HERE

3. Soto – Divak

Read my Jeff Scott Soto Interview HERE

4. Sixx A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed, Vol. 2

5. Sixx A.M. – Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1

 

6. The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise

Read my Live Review (August 24) HERE

See my Live Photos (August 24) HERE

Read my Live Review (August 15) HERE

See my Live Photos (August 15) HERE

7. Butch Walker – Stay Gold

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

8. The Pretty Reckless – Who You Selling For

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

9. Tremonti – Dust

10. Alter Bridge – The Last Hero

Read my Myles Kennedy Interview HERE

11. Whitford St. Holmes – Reunion

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

12. Ace Frehley – Origins, Vol. 1

13. Andy Black – The Shadow Side

14. Idina Menzel – idina.

15. Sunstorm – Edge Of Tomorrow

16. Ted Poley – Beyond The Fade

Read my Ted Poley Interview HERE

17. Tiffany – A Million Miles

Read my Tiffany Interview HERE

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

18. Decyfer Down – The Other Side Of Darkness

Read my Brandon Mills Interview HERE

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

19. Shakra – High Noon

20. Lee Aaron – Fire And Gasoline

Read my Lee Aaron Interview HERE

21. Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

22. Axel Rudi Pell – Game Of Sins

23. Crossing Rubicon – No Less Than Everything

24. Lorrie Morgan – Letting Go… Slow

Read my Lorrie Morgan Interview HERE

25. Steve Porcaro – Someday / Somehow

26. Darkhaus – When Sparks Ignite

27. Serious Black – Mirror World

28. Bad Brad – N2 The Ether

29. The Defiants – The Defiants

30. Mother Feather – Mother Feather

31. Foghat – Under The Influence

Read my Roger Earl Interview HERE

32. Nordic Union – Nordic Union

33. Last In Line – Heavy Crown

Read my Vivian Campbell Interview HERE

34. Aunt Mary – New Dawn

35. The New Black – A Monster’s Life

36. The Paul Nelson Band – Badass Generation

Read my Paul Nelson Interview HERE

37. Anni Piper – More Guitars Than Friends

Read my Anni Piper Interview HERE

38. Walking With Giants – Worlds Unknown

39. Emil Bulls – XX

40. The Cult – Hidden City

41. Anthrax – For All Kings

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

42. High Waisted – On Ludlow

43. Reckless Love – inVader

44. Cardiknox – Portrait

45. Purson – Desire’s Magic Theatre

46. Blackfoot – Southern Native

47. Bloody Hammers – Lovely Sort Of Death

Read my Anders Manga Interview HERE

48. Delain – Moonbathers

49. Deana Martin – Swing Street

Read my Deana Martin Interview HERE

50. Rossington – Take It On Faith

TOP 10 EPS

1. Ghost – Popestar

Read my Live Review HERE

See my Live Photos HERE

2. Spraygun War – Into The Blackness

3. Paralandra – All Fall Down

4. The Killing Floor – Tongue Tied

5. Matthew Curry – Shine On

6. Olivia Lane – Olivia Lane

7. Hunter Valentine – The Pledge

8. Damon Johnson – Echo

Read my Interview HERE

9. As Lions – Aftermath

10. Morgan Myles – Miss Morgan Myles

TOP 25 LIVE SHOWS

 1. Elton John – September 28, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

2. Hollywood Vampires – July 13, 2016 (Mount Pleasant, MI) – Review / Photos

3. Luke Bryan – April 14, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

4. Whitesnake – June 17, 2016 (Detroit, MI) – Review / Photos

5. Brad Paisley – March 10, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

6. Carnival of Madness f/ Shinedown – August 18, 2016 (Clarkston, MI) – Review / Photos

7. Avenged Sevenfold – September 15, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

8. Heart – July 14, 2016 (Clarkston, MI) – Review / Photos

9. Ghost – October 3, 2016 (Detroit, MI) – Review / Photos

10. Kiss – August 15 (Saginaw, MI) and August 24 (Toledo, OH) – August 15 – Review / Photos // August 24 – Review / Photos

11. Butch Walker – September 9, 2016 (Detroit, MI) – Review / Photos

12. Rob Zombie – May 19, 2016 (Saginaw, MI) – Review / Photos

13. Barry Manilow – April 27, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

14. Brit Floyd – March 8, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

15. Melissa Etheridge – June 23, 2016 (Detroit, MI) – Review / Photos

16. Brantley Gilbert – February 18, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

17. Lamb of God / Anthrax – January 28, 2016 (Royal Oak, MI) – Review / Lamb of God Photos / Anthrax Photos

18. Ted Nugent – August 14 & August 28 (Lexington, MI) – August 14 – Review / Photos // August 28 – Review / Photos

19. Tegan And Sara – October 26, 2016 (Royal Oak, MI) – Review / Photos

20. 3 Doors Down – October 5, 2016 (Detroit, MI) – Review / Photos

21. Tiffany – September 4, 2016 (Lexington, MI) – Review / Photos

22. Justin Moore – November 11, 2016 (Toledo, OH) – Review / Photos

23. William Michael Morgan – November 11 (Toledo, OH) and November 12 (Flint, MI) – November 11 – Review / Photos // November 12 – Photos

24. Colt Ford – October 28, 2016 (Lexington, MI) – Review / Photos

25. Chase Bryant – April 23, 2016 (Port Huron, MI) – Review / Photos

Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

Category: Articles, CD Reviews, Interviews, Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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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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