Koshi Inaba has this week announced his plans for a 2017 tour with Stevie Salas dubbed 「INABA / SALAS “CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017”」. The tour will include mostly small club venues, with a capacity of about 2000 people each, and will be in support of Koshi's and Stevie Salas' yet to be announced collaboration album. The album is scheduled for a December release, pending an official announcement in the coming weeks.
While we already knew Koshi was working with Stevie Salas on a new record, with a tour planned for early 2017, Tak's solo project was largely unknown. Tak will be touring with Hawaiian multi-instrumentalist Daniel Ho. Just like with Koshi's tour, the tour will include small club venues by the likes of the BLUE NOTE.
Given that both Tak and Koshi now embark on another solo project, we probably won't see any new B'z activities until at least March/April 2017. But most definitely in 2018 for their 30th anniversary Pleasure tour.
Here are the tour dates at a glance:
INABA / SALAS “CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017”
January 25 - Zepp Nagoya (Aichi)
January 26 - Zepp Namba (Osaka)
January 27 - Zepp Namba (Osaka)
January 30 - Zepp Sapporo (Hokkaido)
February 3 - DRUM LOGOS (Fukuoka)
February 6 - Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 7 - Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 8 - Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Live! 2017 -Electric Island, Acoustic Sea-
February 25 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 26 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 28 - Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi)
March 1 - Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi)
March 2 - Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi)
March 4 - Billboard Live OSAKA (Osaka)
March 5 - Billboard Live OSAKA (Osaka)
March 6 - Billboard Live OSAKA (Osaka)
March 10 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
March 11 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
March 12 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
Amidst Koshi's solo efforts and the recent tie-in B'z song announcement「Fukiarenasai」 comes a surprise: 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」 as a digital-only single! This marks the first time a Japanese song by B'z was released exclusively in digital form. The Detective Conan movie theme song and current Detective Conan anime series opening song 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」 is available now on digital music services such as iTunes Japan for 250 Yen.
This release comes at a very strange timing, only allowing us to speculate why B'z have not released this song earlier, if they considered releasing it in digital form. The best time to release the song in digital form was while the movie was fresh in theatres. Instead, they chose to release it to tie it in with the upcoming release of the Detective Conan movie on DVD & Blu-ray originally slated for a October 5th release, but got delayed to October 26th due to production issues. Furthermore, this suggests that 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」 will not be collected on the next B'z album or physical single, and was released in digital form such as to save on marketing efforts and the like.