Koshi's upcoming home video release of his recent solo live tour 「Koshi Inaba Live 2016 ~enIII~」 is just around the corner and an official digest video has been uploaded to the official YouTube channel. The digest video also features the TV commercial that recently started airing. Furthermore, one can see that they have put a lot of work into the camera work and editing for this release compared to the livestream that was conducted on Hulu Japan.
Gibson has announced that they are releasing a Tak Matsumoto custom 1959 Les Paul model based on the 1959 Les Paul #9-1156 owned by Tak himself. Gibson created a digital model of Tak's guitar by using a 3D scanner, to then build it as one of their flagship models. Tak has used said guitar during his latest solo tour 「Tak Matsumoto Live 2016 -The Voyage-」 and is currently using it as his main guitar.
On BARKS, Matsumoto was quoted as saying "I bought the #9-1156 in 1993. A Japanese instrument dealer introduced me to it and I chose one model ordered from the U.S. Among the candidates there was also a cherry sunburst one, but I chose my current one based on its wood and color." He continues: "I used it on the B'z album 「The 7th Blues」and my solo album 「Hana」, among others. I choose it during recording when I am working on a mellow part or need that vintage sound. I also used it to do the main part of 「Mystic Journey」, found on my lastest solo album 「enigma」. Furthermore, I played it live on stage in 1996 during my 「Rock'n Roll Standard Club」 tour."
"I received a prototype during rehearsal for my tour, and the grade of perfection was so high, that made me realize one more time how great Gibson is. I use it during live performances as well as recording. It is currently my go-to guitar.", says Matsumoto.
A Japan-exclusive limited run of 30 guitars will be hand-signed by Tak Matsumoto and cost you around $14,000. The regular guitar will cost you around $11,000. The guitar will be on sale from July 1st, 2016.
For pictures and more detailed information, check out Gibson Custom's product page here.
Two months after Koshi's latest tour 「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2016 ～enIII～」 had wrapped up with a tour finale at the famous Nippon Budokan — which was even livestreamed on Hulu Japan — the home video release of said show has been announced: August 3rd, 2016. This release is announced amidst rumors that Koshi is currently working on another solo project with Stevie Salas, which may not come to fruition for another couple of months.
In addition to the tour finale at the Nippon Budokan, the package includes footage of 6 additional songs that were not performed on the tour finale due to set list rotation.
These 6 songs are:
- Akai Ito (Only played on Jan 16 and 17)
- Touch (Only played on Jan 22)
- LOVE LETTER (Only played on Jan 22)
- Fushichou (Only played on Jan 30, Feb 6, 20 and 23)
- Stay Free (Only played on Jan 16 and 22)
- CHAIN (Only played on six dates, not including the finale)
The first-press edition further includes a 100-page photo booklet featuring live shots during the tour, backstage shots as well as previously unreleased private photos. The photo booklet and the home video will be packaged nicely in a cardboard slipcase exclusive to the first-press edition. Only available while stocks last!
DVD & Blu-ray「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2016 ～enIII～」
Price: 7560 Yen (DVD) / 7560 Yen (Blu-ray)
02. oh my love
08. I AM YOUR BABY
10. Koyoi Kimi to
11. Hazumu Sekai
12. Sẽno de Revolution
15. Symphony #9
16. Receive You [Reborn]
17. SAIHATE HOTEL
18. Shoumen Shoutotsu
19. Here I am!!
22. Tooku Made
23. Ai Naki Michi
- Akai Ito
- LOVE LETTER
- Stay Free
- 100-page photo booklet
- Cardboard slipcase
Tak Matsumoto's latest solo endeavour takes a different turn compared to his last solo album 「New Horizon」 which was inspired by his previous work with Larry Carlton. His new album 「enigma」 is the product of Tak's self-reflection regarding his career and his musicianship. Even now, it remains a mystery to him if he has become the musician he is supposed to be. An enigma. On this tour, titled 「The Voyage」, Tak Matsumoto takes the audience on a journey through his career, supported by lighting effects and videos.
This is the first time for me to go to one of Tak's solo shows, and I was very excited to see what kind of performance Tak has got in store for a big venue such as Nippon Budokan! I am used to instrumental guitar performances by the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. However, not in such a huge venue.
Tak Matsumoto's tour 「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 in support of his latest solo album 「enigma」 wrapped up this month with its tour finale at the Nippon Budokan. The tour finale was broadcasted live on the internet through the NTT DoCoMo owned streaming service dTV. While it wasn't clear when exactly the show will be available in on-demand format, the service has announced yesterday that the show will be available for on-demand viewing from May 25th to August 24th.
Although the Japanese streaming service offers a 30-day trial, it does not accept foreign credit cards. Therefore, unlike Hulu Japan, it is not possible to sign up for an account.
Source: B'z Official Website
In a series of tweets responding to fans, American guitarist and frequent Koshi Inaba collaborator Stevie Salas has revealed he is currently in Japan contributing to the B'z singer's latest solo output. Koshi's recent commercial tie-in "YELLOW" will likely be part of this upcoming release, but no other details are available at this time.
In addition to being the guitarist for Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, and Justin Timberlake at various points in his career, Salas has also made his name as a solo artist. His first recordings with Koshi Inaba came in the year 2004, culminating in him appearing on most of the tracks from Peace Of Mind as guitarist. One such song, "Shoumen Shoutotsu", was co-written with Koshi and would later become the subject of an English rendition re-titled "Head On Collision" in 2006, which featured both artists on vocals. Salas's association with B'z began long before after he became acquainted with the duo in in the early 90s, during which time Tak Matsumoto attributes Salas with assigning his longtime moniker "Tak".
UPDATE: The original tweet has been removed but has been screen-capped and preserved below:
A new entry registered on JASRAC—the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers—may provide our first glimpse at the next release from B'z. First registered in March, the entry is for an individual song entitled "Kosuto" (コスト, or "Cost"). The entry lists Being Publishing as the registrant, which aligns with other recent publications by the parent company behind the band (including an entry for "Overture" from B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-). Koshi Inaba is listed as lyricist and Tak Matsumoto as composer as with all other applicable B'z registrations.
Whether "Kosuto" is a new single, a B-side, or an album song is yet to be confirmed. It is possible this is the as-yet untitled ending theme to B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-, though it bears noting that the lyrics do not offer any significant hint that this is the case.
This initial registration suggests that "Kosuto" won't be used as a tie-in to a TV series or film due to the registration belonging to Being and not a preceding media entity. The recently-revealed "Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru" was first registered by Yomiuri TV Enterprises given that it was a theme to Detective Conan; all other television and drama themes such as "Ichibu to Zenbu" and "Uchouten" follow this precedent. Barring a revision pre-release, this song will more likely be a different type of tie-in and would instead be released in tandem with a commercial or event should it be a single. If not a single, no tie-in is entirely plausible.
Meanwhile, "Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru" will begin airing as the theme to the Detective Conan anime series this weekend. It has long been believed the song would not be a single, but could serve as a B-side to the next release, which may very well be "Kosuto". We will bring your more information when it becomes available.
Source: Entry in the JASRAC database
Tak Matsumoto's most ambitious solo tour to date entitled 「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 began today at Nagoya's Diamond Hall. The five date tour will culminate in a sold-out show at the Nippon Budokan with Tak's largest solo showing to date on May 7th. Some alterations to the setlist can reasonably be expected to take place; any such revisions will be added to the tour's B'z Wiki page as it progresses. Additionally, a full live report will be posted once the tour has concluded, so keep an eye out for that.
In the meantime, you may view the current state of the show below, preserved after the break to avoid spoilers for those attending any of the shows.
Tak Matsumoto's eleventh solo studio album 「enigma」 has officially been released today. To commemorate its release, Tak has released a message for his fans. Furthermore, 「enigma」 made its debut on the daily Oricon charts on no.3, having sold 10,006 copies on the day prior to official release.
To wet your appetite for Tak Matsumoto's upcoming new solo album, a digest of Tak's previous solo tour in 2014 has been posted. The show will be available on DVD and Blu-ray that comes with the limited editions of 「enigma」.