Hey folks, it's been a busy couple of weeks after getting back from my trip to Japan, but today is the time for some B'z updates! Rocksmith 2014 Edition was released in Japan on November 7th, 2013 and with it, a special message from Tak Matsumoto concerning the game was released.
What great times we live in! If Rocksmith had existed when I was just a young aspiring guitar player...I probably would have become an even better guitarist now. Be a guitar hero with Rocksmith!
To celebrate the release of the Japanese version of Rocksmith 2014, Ubisoft Japan is also conducting a special giveaway for Japanese players. They are giving away an Epiphone Tak Matsumoto Double Cutaway Standard Cherry which has been signed by Tak Matsumoto himself! The campaign runs until November 30th, 2013.
On August 1, it has been announced that Dunlop is going to release their first Tak Matsumoto signature wah pedal. The wah pedal called the "Tak Cry Baby" is the first signature wah pedal issued for a Japanese artist. Other notable Dunlop signature artists include Slash, Kirk Hammett and Eddie Van Halen.
The Cry Baby is a very popular among guitarists and is rumored to be the best selling wah pedal of all time. The "Tak Cry Baby" is going to be on sale in September this year at a limited quantity.
You can check out more pictures of the Tak Cry Baby on Moridaira's website.
While Tak Matsumoto's "Strings Of My Soul" has been available on iTunes by the time it went on sale in the U.S. and in Europe, "Live Life" from the very album has now been released as a digital exclusive single. It is available for purchase on iTunes internationally and contains two tracks: An instrumental version of "Live Life" and the regular album version of the song.
Live Life is one of the new tracks on Tak's album and features English lyrics sung by Sam Drysdale. The lyrics for the song are available in the wiki: http://bzwiki.offthelock.com/Live_Life_(Lyrics)
Grab it on iTunes here.
As the Japanese release of Strings of my Soul draws near, certain stores have announced that they will offer pre-order bonuses. These bonuses differ from store to store, but in general you will be able to get a set of postcards, a clear file holder or a set of stickers. This entirely depends on where you are pre-ordering. The letdown is that this mostly applies to actual stores in Japan.
A select few online stores offer a pre-order bonus, though. You can find a list of shops offering a pre-order bonus below.
Tak Matsumoto's latest solo album entitled Strings of my Soul will be on sale in the United States on August 7th through 335 Records.
Tak Matsumoto's very own label, House Of Strings, has announced that Tak Matsumoto's latest album Strings Of My Soul is going to be released on June 20th, 2012. Tak's new album gives off a feeling that it is a best-of compilation as quite a few tracks have already been released on Tak's previous works.
A huge part of the album is made up of tracks from Tak's self-described solo magnum opus, Hana (2002). Tracks such as "Koi-Uta", "#1090 Sen Mu Ichiya", "Hana", "BLUE" ("Misudouji BLUE") and "Romeo & Juliet" are all from Hana, leaving it to account for five of the thirteen tracks from Strings Of My Soul.
While this may the vibe of a best-of compilation, all of the tracks on the album have been remixed and remastered. In addition, Grammy Award winner Paul Brown has been involved as producer, engineer, and mixer on a couple of tracks such as Tak's new song "Live Life". Tak's old friend Larry Carlton also makes an appearance on the track "SUKIYAKI" where the two play a cover together.
The album comes in two flavors: a CD-only edition and a limited CD+DVD version. The CD version will set you back 3,059 Yen while the CD+DVD version will cost you 3,780 Yen.
See the track listing as well as the CD+DVD version content after the break.
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!
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
Popular Taiwanese rock band Mayday (Chinese: 五月天) has released their 8th studio album Second Round (Chinese: 第二人生) on December 16, 2011. The album was a major hit in Taiwan, generating 129,958 pre-orders in just one week. On that album, there's a track called 三個傻瓜 ("3 Idiots").
If anyone can provide a proper translation for the title, I'd be very grateful.
Anyway, close to the end of the song, the singer shouts Tak, come on! and we get to hear Tak's signature sound. His solo proves to be a worthy finish for the song. In the album's booklet he's credited as "Feat. Tak Matsumoto by courtesy of VERMILLION RECORDS".
Check out the song below. Tak's solo starts at around 3:30.
After having released her triple A single "UNCHAINED GIRL" last month, rock singer Anna Tsuchiya has recently announced on her official website that she's going to release a "Best Collaboration Album" on December 21st. The album is going to come in two flavors: CD and CD+DVD.
Among others, Tak Matsumoto has been mentioned to be on the collaboration album as composer.
*UPDATE (January 23rd, 2012)*: The launch of the album was postponed in December, but a new date has now been announced: March 28th, 2012. The title of the song Tak is collaborating on has also been revealed: ALL RIGHT NOW. This is a completely new song by Anna Tsuchiya and will feature Tak. It is currently unclear as to what extend Tak is involved. My guess would be: Composition, Arrangement and Guitar.
Past projects Tak Matsumoto was involved in include(but are not limited to):
- Fantasia by Takamiy (Released: August 25, 2010)
- Chuo-sen by Kine Naoto (Released: April 7th, 2010)
- SET IT ON BLAST!! by Stevie Salas (Released: July 15th, 2009)