4Feb/122

Japanese Magazine PLAYER “2011 Reader’s Poll”

Posted on February 4, 2012 by Tobias in News

As every year, the January issue of the Japanese music magazine PLAYER(http://www.player.jp/index.html) features a retrospect on last year, and what readers of the magazine liked the most.

Here's a relevant extract of the voting results:

Category "Best Artist": B'z ranked 5th (5th in 2010, 3rd in 2009)
Category "Best Album": C'mon ranked 2nd
Catagory "Best Vocalist": Koshi Inaba ranked 1st (same as 2009, 2010)
Category "Best Guitarist": Tak Matsumoto ranked 2nd (1st in 2010, 3rd in 2009)
Category "This year's biggest news": Matsumoto winning the Grammy ranked 4th
Category "Best Drummer": Shane Gaalaas ranked 16th (8th in 2010, 9th in 2009)
Category "Best Bassist": Barry Sparks ranked 6th

30Jan/120

Gibson Tak Matsumoto DC Prototype 2011 #1

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Tobias in News

Hello fellow B'z brothers!

The hype meter is constantly growing with B'z being in the middle of recording and Shane being back in Tokyo after a short break!
News should be out any day now... Everyone's hoping for February 1st (JST), so check back tomorrow in case there's some hype news!

Photo taken by: TOMUJI OHTANI

Japanese music magazine "Player" has posted a teaser for the new issue on their blog. It will feature a C'mon tour live report as well as a report on Tak Matsumoto's latest gear. The very same gear he also used during the C'mon tour. To get everyone excited, they posted a picture of the latest guitar prototype Tak is using at the moment: The Gibson Tak Matsumoto DC Prototype 2011 #1. (ver wondered what guitar Tak is holding in the picture on B'z official website? Well now you know.

Perhaps I can get ahold of that issue (out Feb 2nd) and report back to you guys! Would certainly be interesting to read that live report... and of course the Tak Matsumoto gear report ;)

Source: Player Blog

4Jan/110

Japanese Magazine PLAYER “2010 Reader’s Poll”

Posted on January 4, 2011 by Tobias in News

Just as last year, the latest issue of the Japanese music magazine PLAYER(http://www.player.jp/index.html) features a retrospect on the year 2010, and what readers of the magazine liked the most.
Here's how B'z, Shane Gaalaas and Masuda Takanobu were ranked.

Category "Best Artist": B'z ranked 5th (3rd in 2009)

Category "Best Live Performance in Japan": B'z ranked 5th (4th in 2009) - Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto ranked 9th

Catagory "Best Vocalist": Koshi Inaba ranked 1st (same as 2009)

Category "Best Guitarist": Tak Matsumoto ranked 1st (3rd in 2009)

Category "This year's biggest news": Collaboration between Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto ranked 4th

Category "Best Drummer": Shane Gaalaas ranked 8th (9th in 2009)

Category "Miscellaneous Player": Masuda Takanobu ranked 4th (6th in 2009)

Source(s): B'zaholic Blog (Japanese)

20Jul/100

Koshi Inaba Interview On “Hadou” Featured in Magazines

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Tobias in News

Koshi Inaba has given an interview on his latest solo album "Hadou", which will be out on August 18th. We don't know if it's going to be the same interview in every magazine.
An interview with Koshi Inaba will be in these magazines:

smart - July 24
DIME - August 9
FRaU - August 12
WHAT's IN? - August 12
ori star(オリ☆スタ) - August 20
GQ JAPAN - August 24

If we get ahold of this interview, we'll translate it for you!

11Jan/100

Japanese Magazine PLAYER “2009 Reader’s Poll”

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Tobias in News

The latest issue of the Japanese music magazine PLAYER(http://www.player.jp/index.html) features a retrospect on the year 2009, and what readers of the magazine liked the most.
Here's how B'z, Shane Gaalaas and Masuda Takanobu were ranked:

Category "Best Artist": B'z ranked 3rd

Category "Best Live Performance in Japan": B'z ranked 4th

Catagory "Best Vocalist": Koshi Inaba ranked 1st

Category "Best Guitarist": Tak Matsumoto ranked 3rd

Category "Best Drummer": Shane Gaalaas ranked 9th

Category "Miscellaneous Player": Masuda Takanobu ranked 6th