29Aug/140

Tak Matsumoto Appears As Guest On Bayfm Special Program

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

While we're still waiting for some news from B'z, Vermillion has announced that Tak Matsumoto will be guest on bayfm's 25th anniversary special program. On the show called "POWER OF RADIO SPIRITS", Tak Matsumoto will have a talk with music critic Masa Ito. The show is broadcasted live on bayfm on September 30th from 9PM to 10PM Japanese Standard Time. The contents of the talk have not been revealed. They just call it a "special talk".

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

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.

29May/140

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon- Tour Merchandise Available In B’z The Store

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Have you been craving to get that nice looking tour shirt? Well, now you can! The merchandise for Tak Matsumoto's on-going tour, Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon-, has been added to the official online store, B'z The Store.

29May/141

TM Network’s Naoto Kine Confesses He Couldn’t Play Guitar, It Was All Tak Matsumoto

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

On a variety show that aired on Japanese channel MBS last night, TM Network's Naoto Kine confessed that during the first years of the band, he couldn't play guitar at all. TM Network rose to fame with their hit song "GET WILD" which was released in 1987. Kine was originally a keyboardist, but so was Kimuro Tatsuya. At the time of TM Network's major breakthrough, there was no need for two keyboardists in the band, so Kine was told to play guitar for the band instead. Kine hasn't had any experience playing an electric guitar and has only played acoustic guitars so far.

Due to his lack of skill, it wasn't him who was playing guitar for the band, but it was Tak Matsumoto who joined TM Network as a supporting musician before founding B'z with Koshi Inaba in 1988. Kine would just pretend to play guitar during performances, while Matsumoto would provide the actual sound.
"When Tak left TM Network and started his own band, I practiced playing the guitar very hard", he added. Tak Matsumoto used to be Kine's guitar double for 4-5 years before Matsumoto started B'z. Matsumoto even took over Kine's parts during recording.

Source: 木根尚登はエレキギター弾けなかった…B’z松本が影武者だったと告白 (デイリースポーツ) - Yahoo!ニュース

11May/140

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon- Motion Blue Yokohama Day 2 Set List

Posted on May 11, 2014 by Tobias in News
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Stage at the Motion Blue Yokohama

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Tak's two Firebird Prototypes on stage

It's the second day of Tak Matsumoto's first true solo tour in support of his recently released new album「New Horizon」at the Motion Blue Yokohama! By the way, you could order a "New Horizon" or "That's Cool" cocktail at the bar there! Here's the set list:

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014  -New Horizon- at Motion Blue Yokohama (May 11th)

Motion Blue Yokohama 1st show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
MC
03. BLUE
04. THE WAY WE WERE
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. Gakuseigai no Kissaten
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
10. Reason to be...
MC
11. GO FURTHER
12. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
13. Rodeo Blues

Motion Blue Yokohama 2nd show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
MC
03. BLUE
04. Hana
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. Gakuseigai no Kissaten
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
11. Reason to be...
MC
12. GO FURTHER
13. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
14. The Moment
15. Rodeo Blues

10May/140

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon- Motion Blue Yokohama Day 1 Set List

Posted on May 10, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Tak Matsumoto's first true solo tour in support of his recently released new album「New Horizon」kicked off today at the Motion Blue Yokohama. And we have the set list right here for you!

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014  -New Horizon- at Motion Blue Yokohama (May 10th)

Motion Blue Yokohama 1st show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
MC
03. BLUE
04. THE WAY WE WERE
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. BLACK JACK
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
10. Reason to be...
MC
11. GO FURTHER
12. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
13. Rodeo Blues

Motion Blue Yokohama 2nd show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
MC
03. BLUE
04. Hana
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. BLACK JACK
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
11. Reason to be...
MC
12. GO FURTHER
13. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
14. The Moment
15. Rodeo Blues

1May/141

Tak Matsumoto Latest Be With! Interview Now Translated

Posted on May 1, 2014 by Jd- in Translations

This quarter's issue of the B'z fanclub magazine Be With! contained lengthy separate interviews with both Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba about their respective solo projects. The pair discussed their latest works in depth along with a variety of related subjects, as well as reiterating that as soon as their solo tours are over they will be returning to B'z activities full time.

First up is the full interview with Tak Matsumoto. The discussion covers a number of subjects related to his recent release 「New Horizon」, as well as his upcoming solo tour Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon-.

Click here to read the interview on the B'z Wiki!

1May/140

「New Horizon」 Wiki Article Now Completed!

Posted on May 1, 2014 by Jd- in Website News

Our full B'z Wiki article is now available for Tak Matsumoto's brand new studio album, New Horizon! Every facet of the album is covered, from the origins of the tracks to the supporting members involved. Come give it a read to learn more about Tak's latest work!

28Apr/140

「New Horizon」 Release Message

Posted on April 28, 2014 by Tobias in News

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I took my time and thoroughly put it together note by note.
I would be very glad if this became your daily wonderful soundtrack.
Tak