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」.
Details regarding the special campaign for Tak Matsumoto's upcoming solo album 「enigma」 have been revealed. A show dubbed "Tak Matsumoto Special Live" will take place amidst his solo tour on May 2nd. The show takes place at "Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE" in Tokyo. People who buy his new album will find a special code within the package that allows them to enter a lottery for tickets for the special show.
Instructions on how to apply are written on the card that comes with the code. Application deadline is April 11th, so make sure you get your copy in time.
During last week's Music Station 3 hour special, it was revealed that Tak Matsumoto's 「#1090 ~Thousand Dreams~」 will be replaced by his reworked version 「#1090 ~Million Dreams~」as the show's theme. The latter song is also included in Tak's upcoming album 「enigma」 as a bonus track.
While Tak's new version of #1090 was played for the first time, a written comment by Tak himself was also read out. The comment read "I'm thankful and at the same time proud as a musician, that this track has served as the theme song for such a long time. This song was known for 'Music Station', and I believe a lot of people don't know that this song has been made by me. 「#1090 ~Million Dreams~」 is a newly reworked version of this very song. Working on a track that the me from 24 years ago wrote was a very fun experience. I think it's a great mix of a young person's vigor and an adult's laid-back kind of atmosphere. Sound-wise, the track has also improved quite a lot, which prompted me to rename the track from "~Thousand Dreams~" to "~Million Dreams~". I am very satisfied with the result. I would be very delighted if my track was used as the show's theme in the future as well."
The TV commercial for Tak's upcoming solo album 「enigma」 has started airing from today. 「enigma」 is due for an April 6th release, with Tak's solo tour 「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 kicking off a week later, on April 16th. The commercial seen above features the songs 「Ups and Downs」 as well as a reworked version of one of Tak's classics called 「#1090 ~Million Dreams~」.