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Tak Matsumoto To Perform On「Music Station」6/6

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Tobias in News

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It has just been announced that Tak Matsumoto will be performing on next week's rendition of「Music Station」. As with Koshi Inaba, Tak's last solo performance on「Music Station」dates back 10 years to August 13th, 2004 when he performed「THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH」with his supergroup Tak Matsumoto Group (TMG). On next week's「Music Station」, Tak is going to perform「New Horizon」from his new album「New Horizon」as well as「#1090 Sen Mu Ichiya」, which has been the theme song to「Music Station」since 1992.

Said episode of Music Station airs June 6th, 2014 at 8PM Japan Time on TV Asahi.

Koshi Inaba and Masaharu Fukuyama Talk UFC

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Are you a UFC fan? Well, then you're most definitely going to like this. Koshi is in fact a very huge fan of UFC. The whole talk came about when Koshi wanted to publish some kind of talk on his newly created official website "en-zine", a website where he wants to publish things he hasn't done before. It was rather hard for him to find a suitable partner for a talk, but when he thought about his hobbies, he thought of UFC and remembered that singer/songwriter Masaharu Fukuyama is also very fond of UFC. In fact, Masaharu Fukuyama is sometimes a guest commentator on UFC Japan. They both got into UFC through pro wrestling.

During the approximately 54 minute long conversation, they, for example, talk about their favorite fighters and the appeal of UFC. The whole talk has been uploaded to B'z official youtube channel and can be viewed here.

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon- Tour Merchandise Available In B’z The Store

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Have you been craving to get that nice looking tour shirt? Well, now you can! The merchandise for Tak Matsumoto's on-going tour, Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon-, has been added to the official online store, B'z The Store.

TM Network’s Naoto Kine Confesses He Couldn’t Play Guitar, It Was All Tak Matsumoto

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

On a variety show that aired on Japanese channel MBS last night, TM Network's Naoto Kine confessed that during the first years of the band, he couldn't play guitar at all. TM Network rose to fame with their hit song "GET WILD" which was released in 1987. Kine was originally a keyboardist, but so was Kimuro Tatsuya. At the time of TM Network's major breakthrough, there was no need for two keyboardists in the band, so Kine was told to play guitar for the band instead. Kine hasn't had any experience playing an electric guitar and has only played acoustic guitars so far.

Due to his lack of skill, it wasn't him who was playing guitar for the band, but it was Tak Matsumoto who joined TM Network as a supporting musician before founding B'z with Koshi Inaba in 1988. Kine would just pretend to play guitar during performances, while Matsumoto would provide the actual sound.
"When Tak left TM Network and started his own band, I practiced playing the guitar very hard", he added. Tak Matsumoto used to be Kine's guitar double for 4-5 years before Matsumoto started B'z. Matsumoto even took over Kine's parts during recording.

Source: 木根尚登はエレキギター弾けなかった…B’z松本が影武者だったと告白 (デイリースポーツ) - Yahoo!ニュース

「Singing Bird」Release Message

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Tobias in News

Koshi Inaba's new album「Singing Bird」is out now for all early bird(pun intended) buyers! To celebrate the release, Koshi Inaba has released a message for his fans. Check it out below. Furthermore, samples to Koshi's new solo album are now available on the album's B'z Wiki page. Feel free to get a glimpse of Koshi's new album before you receive it. Or perhaps you'll decide to buy it if you haven't yet!

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The memories I've scribbled down from time to time have been transformed into songs.
Please feel free to listen to them to your heart's content.
I hope my singing [referring to "Singing Bird"] reaches each and every one of you.
Koshi Inaba

Koshi Inaba To Perform On「Music Station」5/23

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Today it has been announced that Koshi Inaba will be on Music Station performing one of his solo songs. His last performance dates back 10 years to July 9th, 2004 when Koshi performed his song「Wonderland」on the show. Koshi is going to perform his latest song「oh my love」from his upcoming album「Singing Bird」, which will be the first televised performance of the song.

Said episode of Music Station airs May 23rd, 2014 at 8PM Japan Time on TV Asahi.

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon- Motion Blue Yokohama Day 2 Set List

Posted on May 11, 2014 by Tobias in News
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Stage at the Motion Blue Yokohama

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Tak's two Firebird Prototypes on stage

It's the second day of Tak Matsumoto's first true solo tour in support of his recently released new album「New Horizon」at the Motion Blue Yokohama! By the way, you could order a "New Horizon" or "That's Cool" cocktail at the bar there! Here's the set list:

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014  -New Horizon- at Motion Blue Yokohama (May 11th)

Motion Blue Yokohama 1st show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
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03. BLUE
04. THE WAY WE WERE
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. Gakuseigai no Kissaten
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
10. Reason to be...
MC
11. GO FURTHER
12. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
13. Rodeo Blues

Motion Blue Yokohama 2nd show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
MC
03. BLUE
04. Hana
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. Gakuseigai no Kissaten
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
11. Reason to be...
MC
12. GO FURTHER
13. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
14. The Moment
15. Rodeo Blues

「Singing Bird」TV Commercial On Air

Posted on May 10, 2014 by Tobias in News

Koshi Inaba's forthcoming solo album 「Singing Bird」is set to come out in 11 days and today they started airing the TV commercial for it. It features footage of the music video to "oh my love", one of the songs on the album. Check it out!

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon- Motion Blue Yokohama Day 1 Set List

Posted on May 10, 2014 by Tobias in News

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Tak Matsumoto's first true solo tour in support of his recently released new album「New Horizon」kicked off today at the Motion Blue Yokohama. And we have the set list right here for you!

Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014  -New Horizon- at Motion Blue Yokohama (May 10th)

Motion Blue Yokohama 1st show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
MC
03. BLUE
04. THE WAY WE WERE
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. BLACK JACK
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
10. Reason to be...
MC
11. GO FURTHER
12. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
13. Rodeo Blues

Motion Blue Yokohama 2nd show

01. New Horizon
02. Take 5
MC
03. BLUE
04. Hana
05. Tokyo Night
06. Shattered Glass
07. BLACK JACK
08. Island of peace
09. That's Cool
MC (Introducing the band members)
10. Tsuki no Akari
11. Reason to be...
MC
12. GO FURTHER
13. #1090 Sen Mu Ichi Ya
ENCORE
14. The Moment
15. Rodeo Blues

New Article: 「FIREBALL」 Added to B’z Wiki

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Jd- in Website News

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It's time for another B'z Wiki update, and this one for one of the band's more unique singles: FIREBALL. This, the band's twenty-second single, was released in 1997 and is one-of-a-kind, as for this release, B'z did not use computers or synthesizers to develop the sound of the two included tracks.

Click here to read the full article!

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