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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.

10 Quick Ones with SAM MILLAR and TOM ASPINALL of BIGFOOT - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with SAM MILLAR and TOM ASPINALL of BIGFOOT – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut of one of their latest UK signings – Bigfoot.  The album will be released October 13, 2017. Bigfoot is a hard rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through […]

10 Quick Ones with STEVEN NATHAN of  DON'T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with STEVEN NATHAN of DON’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Don’t Believe In Ghosts premiered the video for their first single “Slow Down” off of their debut album GIVE IT MEANING on AlternativeNation.net today. “Slow Down” received immediate support from KBZT San Diego, KPOI Hawaii, WSFS Miami, WWYY Allentown PA, Music Choice and more!” We get Warden to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more… 1. Tell us a little about your […]

10 Quick Ones with MARK LIBER of ELANTRIS - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with MARK LIBER of ELANTRIS – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Elantris (formerly known as Blacktorne) is a Symphonic Metal band from Ohio. Elantris brought together a wide range of influences to create what we feel is a unique sound that still fits comfortably in all ranges of the Symphonic Metal genre. Elantris have shared the stage with many amazing bands […]

LIVE: SETH WALKER– August 17, 2017

LIVE: SETH WALKER– August 17, 2017

Venue: Barley’s Taproom City: Knoxville, TN Date: August 17, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Seth Walker dropped by Barley’s in support of his 9th studio album Gotta Get Back. The current album is a homecoming of sorts with contributions from his father on cello and string arrangements, and from his mother and sister […]

CD REVIEW: SIAMESE - Shameless

CD REVIEW: SIAMESE – Shameless

Label: Artery Recordings Release Date: June 23, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With time limited lately, I have been unable to check out a ton of new tunes, but so glad I checked out the latest from Siamese, the June 23rd release on Artery Records entitled Shameless.  The disc kicks off with […]

LIVE: IDINA MENZEL– August 11, 2017

LIVE: IDINA MENZEL– August 11, 2017

Venue: Meadow Brook Theater City: Rochester, MI Date: August 11, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There are certain performers that I thoroughly enjoy that seem to be way off my regular listening, but anyone that knows or follows me knows that range is quite large.  Broadway superstar Idina Menzel is one of those […]

LIVE: ANN WILSON of HEART– August 10, 2017

LIVE: ANN WILSON of HEART– August 10, 2017

Venue: Centennial Terrace City: Sylvania, OH Date: August 10, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There is something about a relaxed show at a quaint outdoor venue that lets you relax a little more than usual, especially with a slight breeze and the stars above as part of the concert going experience. […]

10 Quick Ones with LUKAS KERK of DAWN OF DISEASE - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with LUKAS KERK of DAWN OF DISEASE – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “After trying times of line up changes they finally found their final form in 2009. Since then, they’ve released the monstrous records “Legends Of Brutality” and “Crypts Of The Unrotten” and most recently, they set a new standard for the expanding Swedish Death Metal scene with “Worship The Grave”. […]

LIVE: ROCKFEST featuring STONE SOUR, ALTER BRIDGE, & SKILLET – August 7, 2017

LIVE: ROCKFEST featuring STONE SOUR, ALTER BRIDGE, & SKILLET – August 7, 2017

Venue: Jackson County Fairgrounds City: Jackson, MI Date: August 7, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Package tours and shows are common more than ever – but county fairs and other festival type arrangements have been pulling them together for years.  The latest fair package to grab my attention was the powerhouse one-two-three […]

10 Quick Ones with LOUIS JAMES of DIRTY THRILLS - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with LOUIS JAMES of DIRTY THRILLS – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Dirty Thrills are a young, exciting and charismatic London based hard rock quartet who play bluesy rock ‘n’ roll with an appealing filthy edge, churning out endless crowd pleasers that make guitar music sound sexy again. With lung-busting, powerful vocals from front man Louis James, killer guitar riffs from Jack […]

LIVE: FASTBALL– August 5, 2017

LIVE: FASTBALL– August 5, 2017

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: August 5, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) I have to admit – I didn’t know much about Fastball going in.  I did a little research, listened to a few tracks on iTunes, and checked out some videos.  I was ready for a night […]

10 Quick Ones with NEXT TO NONE - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with NEXT TO NONE – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Rising young metallers Next To None released their second album ‘Phases’ through InsideOutMusic in Europe and EMP Label Group in North America on July 7, 2017. This comes off the back of the band’s first ever European tour alongside label-mates Haken, as well as dates supporting Mike Portnoy’s much anticipated Shattered Fortress show. The band is currently on the road with labelmates […]

LIVE: POP EVIL– August 3, 2017

LIVE: POP EVIL– August 3, 2017

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Date: August 3, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) I love going to The Machine Shop to catch a show.  There is something about the iconic venue that makes a concert a little more special than other concert places.  When the show is a sold-out […]

LIVE: THE UNITED WE ROCK TOUR featuring REO SPEEDWAGON & STYX – July 25, 2017

LIVE: THE UNITED WE ROCK TOUR featuring REO SPEEDWAGON & STYX – July 25, 2017

Venue: DTE Energy Music Theatre City: Clarkston, MI Date: July 25, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Classic rock packages that get bundled often pull different bands in order to draw larger crowds from different demographics and genres, but when you add the rock power of REO Speedwagon and Styx together, there […]

10 Quick Ones with WILDEYES - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with WILDEYES – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles, California Rock band WildEyes announced the premiere of their video for single “Messin Around” off of their debut EP titled Know Me Now on AlternativeNation.net. “Messin’ Around” is about breaking free from the boundaries that other people create for you. Sometimes we all can feel trapped by people or even places and this song represents […]

10 Quick Ones with JAY MARTINEZ of ACROSS THE ATLANTIC - August 2017

10 Quick Ones with JAY MARTINEZ of ACROSS THE ATLANTIC – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Coming in HOT straight from San Antonio, Across The Atlantic have announced signing to SharpTone Records and have released a new video for their song “24 Hours.” The band consists of singer Jay Martinez backed by guitarists Jason Lugo & Julio Bautista alongside bassist Jayy Garza & drummer Cody Cook. Across The Atlantic are […]

INTERVIEW: MARCO MENDOZA of THE DEAD DAISIES - August 2017

INTERVIEW: MARCO MENDOZA of THE DEAD DAISIES – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible – equal parts of Aerosmith, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows, fans worldwide are discovering the band that […]

LIVE: TED NUGENT– July 24, 2017

LIVE: TED NUGENT– July 24, 2017

Venue: Lexington Village Theatre City: Lexington, MI Date: July 24, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) After delivering two SOLD OUT performances in 2016 at the Lexington Village Theatre, Ted Nugent made a return trip in July 2017 to bring his rock catalog to the masses at this killer venue.  We caught […]

LIVE: CHICAGO OPEN AIR 2017 - July 14-16, 2017

LIVE: CHICAGO OPEN AIR 2017 – July 14-16, 2017

Venue: Toyota Stadium City: Bridgeview, IL Date: July 14-16, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) What happens when you bring different types of metal and hard rock to an open air stadium in the suburbs of Chicago?  Let’s take that question a step or two further.  What happens if that open air […]

LIVE: ADELITAS WAY– July 24, 2017

LIVE: ADELITAS WAY– July 24, 2017

Venue: Concourse at The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: July 24, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Adelitas Way announced a headlining show here in Knoxville a few weeks ago, to the surprise of fans. The show was at the Concourse at The International, which is a smaller, more intimate venue that is […]

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