「New Horizon」Special Campaign Announced

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Tobias in News


As the release of Tak Matsumoto's upcoming new solo album 「New Horizon」draws near, details for the previously announced special campaign to tie in with the release have been announced. Every copy of 「New Horizon」will come with a special card that will allow you to take part in a drawing to win one of 300「New Horizon」limited edition vinyl LPs!!

Details on how to participate in the lucky draw will be printed on the card that comes with the CD. We will update you once we get our copy!


Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon- Tour Logo Revealed

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Tobias in News

The tour logo for Tak Matsumoto's solo tour in support of his upcoming album 「New Horizon」has been revealed. The logo is consistent with the art we see on New Horizon's cover: It contains the shape of a Gibson Firebird. And that's because Tak had Gibson build him a custom Gibson Firebird prototype which he used (among other guitars) for the production of the album. We may see a Tak Matsumoto Gibson Firebird model in the future.



Tak Matsumoto’s 「New Horizon」in the Media

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Tobias in News

Tak Matsumoto with one of his new prototype guitar models: A Gibson Firebird. (Cover of JAZZ JAPAN)

Select music magazines will cover Tak Matsumoto's upcoming album「New Horizon」in the coming days/weeks. In particular, Tak will be on the cover of the upcoming issue of JAZZ JAPAN, Player and Guitar Magazine. In addition, these magazines contain an interview regarding Tak Matsumoto's new solo album.

Furthermore, Tak Matsumoto will make guest appearances on select radio shows to promote and talk about his new album. You can find more information below.


Magazine Release date Contents
WHAT's IN? April 14th Interview
JAZZ JAPAN April 21st Cover & Interview
GiGS April 26th Interview
Player May 2nd Cover & Interview
YOUNG GUITAR May 10th Interview
Guitar Magazine May 13th Cover & Interview
Jazz Life May 14th Interview

Radio shows

<Tokyo Area>
Radio station Time (JST) Additional information
TOKYO FM『Dear Friends』
April 21st 11:00~11:30 All stations part of the Japan FM Network
J-WAVE「BEAT PLANET」(During the show)
April 23rd 13:00~13:10
April 24th 13:00~13:10
Will appear two days in a row
bayfm『with you』
April 30th 13:00~15:50 Will appear at around 14:00


<Nagoya Area>
Radio station Time (JST) Additional information
April 30th 15:00~18:55 Will just leave a comment
May 3rd 19:00~23:00


<Osaka Area>
Radio station Time (JST) Additional information
April 28th 7:00~11:00
April 28th 13:00~16:00 Will just leave a comment
April 30th 11:00~14:00
May 1st 11:00~14:00
Will appear two days in a row
May 4th 19:00~22:00

Tak Matsumoto New Album 「New Horizon」 2014/04/30 Out!!

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Tobias in News

Tak Matsumoto has announced the release date for his highly anticipated new solo album today. The title is going to be New Horizon, and just as the title implies, it's an album containing a variety of new sounds brought forth by the countless possibilities of instrumental music. The song "New Horizon", featured in transportation company Sagawa's commercials, is going to be the lead title for the new album with the same name. Furthermore, the album will feature a variety of new songs and cover songs alike: A new song titled Feel like a woman tonite featuring American soul singer Wendy Moten, a re-recorded version of the 2003 anime special "Black Jack Special" theme song BLACK JACK and the song Rain performed during B'z 25th anniversary tour B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-. The album also includes the famous jazz number Take 5 which has previously been covered by Tak on his first solo album Thousand Wave. In addition to these new songs, covers of Masahiro Kuwana's Tsuki no Akari and GARO's Gakuseigai no Kissaten will be included in the new album for a total 12 tracks filled with smooth jazz elements.

As with Tak's previous solo album "Strings Of My Soul" in 2012, the album is again tentatively scheduled for an international release following the domestic Japanese launch. Paul Brown is again producing the album and will oversee its western release.

Moreover, a special campaign will be launched to coincide with the Japan release of the album. More information on the campaign will be revealed at a later date.

「New Horizon」

1. New Horizon (featured in Sagawa's TV commercials)
2. Take 5
3. Feel like a woman tonite (Vocals by Wendy Moten)
4. Rodeo Blues
5. Island of peace
6. That’s Cool
7. Shattered Glass
8 Tsuki no Akari
9. Reason to be…
11. Gakuseigai no Kissaten
12. Rain

Release: 2014/04/30 (International release pending announcement)
Price: 2,800 Yen


Tak Matsumoto Provides Song for Sagawa’s Commercials

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Tobias in News

One of Tak Matsumoto's songs from the upcoming solo album is being used for transportation company Sagawa's latest line of TV commercials. Further details have yet to surface regarding the album's release date and title. You can check out the two commercials below.

Looks like this is going to be a Jazz album! :)


Tak Matsumoto Solo Tour 2014 Dates, New Solo Album Coming Soon

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Tobias in News

The new year kicks off with great news! The band has just announced the dates for Tak Matsumoto's 2014 solo live tour in support of his new solo album! No details have been mentioned about the album, but we can be sure that his new song Rain that he has performed during B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- will be on the album. The album is set to be released this Spring.

Tak Matsumoto Solo Live Tour 2014

General sale: March 15th, 2014
Fanclub tickets: Access code will be sent out with Be With! Vol. 100 in January

Date Venue Performance Doors Start Ticket price
5/10 (Sat) Motion Blue Yokohama 1st 15:45 17:00 9,800 Yen (reserved seat)
2nd 18:45 20:00
5/11 (Sun) 1st 15:45 17:00
2nd 18:45 20:00
5/15 (Thu) Zepp Fukuoka 19:00 20:00 1st Floor 9,800 Yen
(non-reserved seat)2nd Floor 9,800 Yen
(reserved seat)
5/17 (Sat) Dojima River Forum (Osaka) 16:30 17:30 1st Floor 9,800 Yen
(non-reserved seat)2nd Floor 9,800 Yen
(reserved seat)
5/18 (Sun) 16:30 17:30
5/23 (Fri) Sendai RENSA 19:00 20:00 9,800 Yen (non-reserved seat)
5/25 (Sun) Zepp SAPPORO 16:30 17:30 1st Floor 9,800 Yen
(non-reserved seat)2nd Floor 9,800 Yen
(reserved seat)
5/30 (Fri) NAGOYA Blue Note 1st 17:30 18:30 9,800 Yen (reserved seat)
2nd 20:30 21:15
5/31 (Sat) 1st 16:00 17:00
2nd 19:00 20:00
6/1 (Sun) 1st 16:00 17:00
2nd 19:00 20:00
6/8 (Sun) BLUE NOTE TOKYO 1st 16:00 17:00 9,800 Yen (reserved seat)
2nd 19:00 20:00
6/9 (Mon) 1st 17:00 18:30
2nd 20:30 21:30
6/11 (Wed) 1st 17:00 18:30
2nd 20:30 21:30
6/12 (Thu) 1st 17:00 18:30
2nd 20:30 21:30
6/14 (Sat) 1st 16:00 17:00
2nd 19:00 20:00
6/15 (Sun) 1st 16:00 17:00
2nd 19:00 20:00

Rocksmith 2014 Released in Japan, Message from Tak Matsumoto and Special Campaign Announced

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Tobias in News

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!

Takahiro Matsumoto

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.


Matsumoto First Japanese Artist To Receive Signature Wah Pedal

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Tobias in News


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.


“Live Life” Digital Exclusive Single Now Available World-Wide

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Tobias in News

Live Life CoverWhile 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.


Strings of my Soul Release Message

Posted on June 21, 2012 by Tobias in News

This is my latest solo album "Strings of my Soul"!
The CD contains all the gems I consider the best and have played the best.
Please feel free to listen to the sound the strings of my soul.