C’mon Dome Tour Kicks Off In Fukuoka

Posted on December 4, 2011 by Tobias in News

The first show of the LIVE-GYM 2011 C'mon Dome Tour has just wrapped up, and we have the set list right here for you. There have been a few changes, but nothing too major. I liked the fact that they threw in a few more rarely played songs. Changes made to the set list are marked as bold.

Check out the set list after the break!

Matsumoto Visits International Music School For Teenagers

Posted on December 3, 2011 by Tobias in News

Tak Matsumoto has visited an international music school called LIVEJAM. They held an event about "the surroundings in which everyone can study hard together to achieve a goal as a band".

When asked to come to the school, Matsumoto gladly accepted the request: "If it's for the kids, I'll do it with pleasure". He also spoke highly of the school's new program called JAM PROGRAM. He thinks it's a great thing to connect the children to one another and making new friends of music.

Tak talked about his experiences of being in a band at the event. He furthermore  elaborated on various things from "How B'z succeeded", "How I practiced playing the guitar" to "What's a band?", "What's rock?". Afterwards, they went on to a Question & Answer session where members of LIVEJAM could ask Matsumoto questions and he would try to reply in an easy to understand manner.

One of the children asked "When you were young, what would you do in your free time?" to which Tak replied "I played Super Mario. I was really good at it!".

Another question was "Recalling past live performances, what moment will forever be in your memory?" to which Tak replied "Probably when Inaba suddenly disappeared from the stage. I could still hear him singing, but I couldn't see him. When I wondered where he was, he actually fell off the stage. But even though he fell off the stage, he was still singing!"

Everybody was very delighted to have Matsumoto-san as a guest. They were listening very closely to everything he had to say and enjoyed the time with him. To finish off the event, they took a group picture:

 

Source: http://info.livejam.co.jp/?eid=77

Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Plus Top Now Available in Japan

Posted on December 1, 2011 by Tobias in News

Hey folks, it has been quiet on the B'z front these days, but I'm still alive and kickin'. Today, I bring you this piece of news: Tak Matsumoto is releasing another Epiphone Double Cutaway(DC) model in Japan. It's available in Japan starting today at a price of  122,850 Yen. It comes with a hard case and a limited edition gigbag.

Judging from the picture above, it looks like Tak has already used that guitar while touring North America this year.

Epiphone has also posted quite a stunning article about Tak's new gem:

Epiphone announces the new Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Plus Top Cherry Outfit, a stunningly beautiful guitar designed by Epiphone and Tak Matsumoto exclusively for Japan. From his blistering solo work and his long-standing association with the band B'z to his GRAMMY winning albums with renowned artists like Larry Carlton, Tak Matsumoto has proved himself not only one of Japan's true masters of the fingerboard, but one of the world's most powerful rockers. With a searing tone that is utterly infectious, Matsumoto has bridged the musical gap between East and West and proved that rock is truly a universal language. Now, Epiphone brings Tak's unique design and superior tone home with the one-of-a-kind Limited Edition Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Plus Top Cherry Outfit which embodies Tak's own asymmetrical take on the popular DC Standard Les Paul style with a carved Hard Maple cap with AAA Flame Maple Veneer and a stunning Black Cherry finish.

Check out the full article here: Introducing the Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Plus Top (Japan Only)