11Jul/140

B’z To Resume Work In August / Be With! #102 Mailed Out

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Tobias in News

BW102The latest issue of the B'z fanclub magazine Be With! has been mailed out to fanclub members this week and some have received it already. According to the interview contained in the magazine, B'z will resume work in the middle of August. Furthermore, Shane Gaalaas also seems to be back at work. Maybe he's cooking up some cool drum tracks for future B'z songs?

We have also been on hiatus, but will soon resume our work on interview translations and the like. And, of course, we'll bring you the latest interview as soon as possible.

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1Jul/140

Gibson Brands Showroom Opens In Tokyo

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Today, the opening ceremony for the new Gibson Brands Showroom was held in Tokyo. Under the motto "Play. Record. Listen.", the showroom showcases Gibson's latest and greatest guitars as well as recording and listening equipment by TEAC and Onkyo respectively. During the opening ceremony, various personalities said a few words. Tak Matsumoto was not able to attend the opening ceremony and thus congratulated through a video message that was played at the ceremony.

Among all those guitars on display, you can even find a very rare Tak Matsumoto custom model: The TAK MATSUMOTO DC STANDARD GOLDTOP AGED which was limited to only 20 pieces in its pilot run. The guitar on display has been signed by Tak Matsumoto himself. The Gibson Showroom Tokyo opens to the public tomorrow, on July 2nd, 2014. It is located in Tokyo's Chuo-ku and is very close to Tokyo station. You can see a map here.

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TAK MATSUMOTO DC STANDARD GOLDTOP AGED on display. (left) Source: http://ameblo.jp/e-earphone/entry-11887203328.html

Source: http://www.famitsu.com/news/201407/01056386.html

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28Jun/140

Tak Matsumoto「New Horizon」Scheduled For September 9th Release?

Posted on June 28, 2014 by Tobias in News

As we previously reported, Amazon.com listed Tak Matsumoto's「New Horizon」for a July 8th release in the U.S., however, Amazon.com now lists it slated for a September 9th release. Official confirmation has yet to surface as 335 Records lists the album as "coming soon" on their website. I did some further digging, and also found a possible track list for the U.S. version on CDUniverse.

Light of the Moon should be an English translation of「Tsuki no Akari」, but we are not sure if「Once Upon A Love」is the English title for「Gakuseigai no Kissaten」, or if it's a completely new track exclusive to the U.S. version.

Possible track list for the U.S. release:

01.Take 5
02.New Horizon
03.Feel Like a Woman Tonight
04.Rodeo Blues
05.Island of Peace
06.That's Cool
07.Shattered Glass
08.Light of the Moon
09.Reason To Be...
10.Black Jack
11.Once Upon a Love
12.Rain

28Jun/142

Minoru Niihara And Koshi Inaba Talk Being A Vocalist

Posted on June 28, 2014 by Tobias in News
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Minoru Niihara of LOUDNESS and Koshi Inaba talk about being a vocalist. The talk is hosted by Masa Ito.

The second video part of Koshi's talk series has been posted on his official website. This time, Koshi sits down with LOUDNESS' current vocalist Minoru Niihara and talks about being a vocalist. In the talk hosted by music critic Masa Ito, both vocalists talk about the strict training they have to undergo in order to keep up the strength of their voices. They also talk about breaking points in their career when their voice-especially their vocal range-would change and they had to adapt to that. In the beginning, Masa Ito also mentions, that videos of Koshi covering LOUDNESS' songs during his high school days could be seen on YouTube. Koshi is surprised and wonders who put them up in the first place. Even he doesn't have those videos.

Speaking of which! Koshi mentioned that they covered Crazy Nights during last year's B'z Special live at the EX THEATER ROPPONGI. And guess what! A short bit of the actual performance was shown in the video. Be sure to check it out at 11 minutes and 32 seconds in.

22Jun/140

Koshi Wraps Up Tour At Stellar Ball

Posted on June 22, 2014 by Tobias in News

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3D projection mapping employed during「Golden Road」Source: BARKS.jp

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3D projection mapping employed during「Nensho」Source: BARKS.jp

On Friday, Koshi wrapped up his tour「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~」in support of his recently released new solo album「Singing Bird」. The tour finale was screened live in cinemas all over Japan as part of a so-called "Live Viewing" event. Koshi switched up the set list for each day of the tour, making each show a unique experience in itself. BARKS has posted a couple of impressions from Koshi's show, such as the 3D projection mapping employed during「Golden Road」and「Nensho」.

With the "Live Viewing" event it is hard to tell if this show is going to be released on home video or not. Time will tell.

Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ TOUR FINALE (Day 10) Setlist

01.Jimmy no Asa
02.THE RACE
03.CHAIN
04.Wonderland
05.arizona
06.Touch
07.Yokorenbo
08.Golden Road
09.Nemurenai no wa Dare no Sei
10.Shoumen Shoutotsu
11.Nakinagara
12.Tooku Made
13.Route 53
14.Stay Free
15.Nensho
16.Kodoku no Susume
17.Bicycle Girl
18.Cross Creek
19.My Mirai
20.oh my love
ENCORE
21.Nami
22.Tomo Yo
23.Okay

Source: 【ライブレポート】稲葉浩志、<LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~>最終公演で「夢のような10日間をありがとう」

8Jun/142

Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ Day 3 Setlist

Posted on June 8, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ Day 3 Setlist

01. Jimmy no Asa
02. THE RACE
03. CAGE FIGHT
04. Ai Naki Michi
05. arizona
06. touch
07. Nani mo Nai Machi
08. Golden Road
09. Nemurenai no wa Dare no Sei
10. Shoumen Shoutotsu
11. Nakinagara
12. Tooku Made
13. Route 53
14. Stay Free
15. Nensho
16. Kodoku no Susume
17. Bicycle Girl
18. My Mirai
19. oh my love
ENCORE
20. Nami
21. Okay

Ending SE: Unannounced Song

7Jun/140

Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ Day 2 Setlist

Posted on June 7, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ Day 2 Setlist

01. Jimmy no Asa (Koshi on acoustic guitar)
02. THE RACE
03. CHAIN
04. Wonderland
05. arizona
06. touch
07. Yokorenbo
08. Golden Road (3D Projection Mapping)
09. Nemurenai no wa Dare no Sei
10. Shoumen Shoutotsu
11. Nakinagara
12. Tooku Made
13. Route 53
14. Stay Free
15. Nensho (3D Projection Mapping)
16. Kodoku no Susume
17. Bicycle Girl
18. My Mirai
19. oh my love
ENCORE
20. Soul Station
21. Okay

Ending SE: Unannounced Song

5Jun/140

Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ Tour Merchandise

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Here's the tour merchandise that is available at the merchandise booth at Shinagawa Stellar Ball. It won't be long until said merchandise is also available through B'z The Store. See the full list after the break.

5Jun/140

Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ Day 1 Setlist

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Tobias in News
Interior of the Shinagawa Stellar Ball

Interior of the Shinagawa Stellar Ball

Koshi Inaba's solo tour "Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~" kicked off today at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball. According to fan reports, the show started without a huge introductory movie or the like. Koshi just walked on stage, sat down, and started playing his acoustic guitar, which marked the beginning of the show with「Jimmy no Asa」as the first song. Throughout the show, 3D projection mapping was used to show special footage in support of the song currently being performed.

According to the same fan, 5 monitors that looked like Tetris blocks were mounted on the stage's wall in the back. After the show ended, an unannounced song was played through the speakers while fans made their way out of the venue.

Here's the show at a glance:

Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ Day 1 Setlist

01. Jimmy no Asa (Koshi on acoustic guitar)
02. THE RACE
03. CAGE FIGHT
04. Wonderland
05. arizona
06. touch
07. Yokorenbo
08. Golden Road (3D Projection Mapping)
09. Nemurenai no wa Dare no Sei
10. Shoumen Shoutotsu
11. Nakinagara
12. Tooku Made
13. Route 53
14. Stay Free
15. Nensho (3D Projection Mapping)
16. Kodoku no Susume
17. Bicycle Girl
18. My Mirai
19. oh my love
ENCORE
20. Nami (Koshi on acoustic guitar)
21. Okay

Ending SE: Unannounced Song

30May/140

Tak Matsumoto To Perform On「Music Station」6/6

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Tobias in News

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It has just been announced that Tak Matsumoto will be performing on next week's rendition of「Music Station」. As with Koshi Inaba, Tak's last solo performance on「Music Station」dates back 10 years to August 13th, 2004 when he performed「THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH」with his supergroup Tak Matsumoto Group (TMG). On next week's「Music Station」, Tak is going to perform「New Horizon」from his new album「New Horizon」as well as「#1090 Sen Mu Ichiya」, which has been the theme song to「Music Station」since 1992.

Said episode of Music Station airs June 6th, 2014 at 8PM Japan Time on TV Asahi.