Tak Matsumoto Tour Message Video & Setlist Request Results

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Jd- in Tak Matsumoto News, Videos

Tak Matsumoto's upcoming solo tour「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 is set to kick off next month with a total of five dates that includes his first arena shows as a solo artist. These will take place at Osaka Jo Hall on April 24th and the Nippon Budokan on May 7th. Today, Tak released a short message teasing what audience members can expect from the show, which we have subtitled for you below:

Additionally, the results of the fan-request polling for the upcoming tour have also been revealed, with just over twenty songs coming in on the rankings. As mentioned in the above video, Tak expects to mix the majority of his as-yet-untitled new album due out this Spring with several of his older solo songs. The songs chosen by fans include several on which Tak provided vocals himself, from 1999's KNOCKIN' "T" AROUND. These include single "THE CHANGING" alongside album songs "SAKURA" and "Zero Yori Zero Kara". Naturally, most of Tak's best-known solo compositions made the list, including "#1090~Thousand Dreams~", "Hana", "Koi Uta", "GO FURTHER", and "SACRED FIELD".

Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage- Song Request Results

* Denotes a tie with an adjacent song

1. “99”
3. #1090~Thousand Dreams~
4. Koi Uta [恋歌]
6. Hana [華]
10. Strings Of My Soul
11. Love Ya
12. Zero Yori Zero Kara [ゼロよりゼロから]
14. SPAIN *
15. Trinity *
16. Play It So Loud
17. Believin' you *
18. Long Distance Call *
20. Romeo & Juliet *
21. Theme from Fist of the North Star ~The Road of Lords~ *

Tak Matsumoto Making Appearance on Grammy Awards Broadcast

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

tak_solo2016Tak Matsumoto will make an appearance on this year's live broadcast of the Grammy Award ceremony on Japanese channel WOWOW. The broadcast will run from 9AM to 2PM on February 16th, Japanese time. Matsumoto is expected to appear on the program at around 9:30AM and will talk about his experience when he won his very own Grammy in 2011. Furthermore, he will talk about this year's ceremony and its highlights.

Tak is currently in Los Angeles, recording new B'z tracks in their private L.A. studio. His new solo album is due for a Spring 2016 release.

「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 Commercial On Air

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Tobias in B'z News, Videos

With about two weeks left until the release of the home video of their 2015 tour 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 on DVD and Blu-ray, the commercial made its TV debut during the broadcast of Detective Conan last Saturday. This version of the commercial features songs 「Uchouten」, 「RED」 and 「Las Vegas」. Check it out!

Koshi Inaba Scores Fifth Consecutive No.1 Single with 「Hane」

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Jd- in Koshi Inaba News

Oricon—Japan's leading music sales tracking service—has announced that Koshi Inaba's latest solo single 「Hane」 has debuted at the top of the charts with 88,000 physical copies sold. This is his fifth consecutive single to do so as a solo artist, following 1998's「Tooku Made」, 2003's 「KI」, 2004's 「Wonderland」, and 2010's 「Okay」.

Currently, Koshi is on tour as part of Koshi Inaba LIVE 2016 ~enIII~ with dates planned through a March 6th finale at the Nippon Budokan. You can expect to see more video coverage of Koshi's recent activities on this website, along with translations of recent interviews he has given to the press, in the coming days.

「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 Promo Video

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Jd- in Tak Matsumoto News, Videos

An update to the official B'z website today brings a promotional teaser video of Tak Matsumoto's upcoming solo tour「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」which will see him playing large venues such as Osaka Jo Hall and Nippon Budokan for the first time as a solo artist. The nationwide tour is to be held at five venues beginning in mid April and ending with a finale on May 7th.

Tak will be joined on the tour by drummer Jason Sutter, who has previously toured with Foreigner, Chris Cornell, and Smash Mouth. Colleague and friend Masayoshi Yamashita of fellow Japanese rock act LOUDNESS will be appearing on bass, while frequent B'z backing guitarist Yoshinobu Ohga and keyboardist Akira Onozuka round out the remaining support members.

「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2016 ~en III~」 Kicks Off in Yamanashi

Posted on January 16, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

koshien3_1Following his appearance on All Night Nippon Gold yesterday, Koshi Inaba has kicked off his latest rendition of the en-series of tours today. The show at the i-Messe Yamanashi spanned 22 songs, which included all songs from his new single 「Hane」. Koshi Inaba's tour runs until March 6th where he will perform at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.

We have the set list for this show right here for you. For further set list updates, please refer to the B'z Wiki article on the latest tour.


「Koshi Inaba」 x 「Danshun Tatekawa」 Special Conversation

Posted on January 16, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


Given his recent interest in Rakugo, Koshi Inaba sat down with famous Rakugoka Danshun Tatekawa to talk about the art of Rakugo. Danshun Tatekawa is also known for his recent role in the TBS hit drama 「Shitamachi Rocket」, for those that are not familiar with Rakugo. The video is available directly on YouTube and has also been posted on Koshi Inaba's website as part of his series of conversation videos.

[B’z in Review] 2006 — Rebooting the LIVE-GYM, “Shoudou”, “Yuruginai Mono Hitotsu”, “SPLASH!” and MONSTER

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Jd- in B'z in Review

All sample videos contained in this article are publicly sourced and are reproduced here only for accessibility.

With the dawn of the new year came word that B'z The Best "Pleasure II" had already sold over one million copies since its release at the end of November 2005. The band would soon begin a new chapter in its live shows, with the addition of several new staff members behind the scenes in order to push the band into a new era with as fresh a perspective as possible.

On January 25, the band would release its fortieth single, "Shoudou". Shortly before it made its way to shelves, the title song began serving as the opening theme to the Detective Conan anime series. B'z would make a great deal of television appearances in the year 2006, beginning with a performance of their then most recent single on MUSIC FIGHTER five days prior to its release. A couple of weeks later, the B-side "Kesshou" would be performed on Utawara HOT Hit 10. Aside from this appearance, the song has never been played live. Upon release, the single ranked at number one and became the band's thirty-sixth consecutive to do so.

The year would prove to be one in which B'z were frequently requested to utilize their prowess for the benefit of younger artists. In March, the single "Real Face" by Japanese pop group KAT-TUN, for which Tak Matsumoto wrote the music, was released. The single would go on to sell over one million copies the year of its release and would be the highest seller of the year. An album titled Best of KAT-TUN released the same month featured a rock-centric reversion of the song titled "Real Face #1", for which the arrangement was also credited to Tak and longtime B'z support member Akihito Tokunaga.

「Hane」 Release Message

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

Koshi Inaba has as usual released a message for his fans to commemorate the release of his new single 「Hane」. Check it out!


Koshi Inaba Hosting 「All Night Nippon GOLD」 Radio Show 1/15

Posted on January 8, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


Koshi Inaba has announced that he will make an appearance as a radio personality on the weekly 「All Night Nippon GOLD」 radio show. He will moderate the show on January 15th and will talk about his new single 「Hane」 as well as his solo projects in general. Musicians who call themselves "Koshi fans" will make comments on the show! In addition, they have a special "entertainment project" planned, that hasn't been done before. The show is expected to run a full two hours.