What is expected to be the finale for Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas’s CHUBBY GROOVE promotions has at last wrapped with a performance at SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017. While this is Koshi’s first performance in China proper, it is not his first time working in Asia outside of Japan. In 2001, B’z performed two Pleasure-themed shows in Hong Kong and Taipei as part of B’z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001.
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[August 26, 2017 at SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017]
Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas’s mini-reunion for their CHUBBY GROOVE promotions continue with a triple billing alongside visual kei icon Miyavi and J-rockers Made in Asia. The latter features Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ and Koshi Inaba LIVE 2016 ~enIII~ supporting guitarist Duran on guitar.
Luckily, the setlist is an expanded and unique version of the setlist the band played for SUMMER SONIC 2017. Most interestingly, it also saw Koshi reunite with Duran and welcome newcomer Miyavi to the stage for a full band rendition of The Clash’s “Police On My Back” near the end of the show:
INABA/SALAS with Miyavi & Made in Asia
[August 23, 2017 at Toyosu PIT]
2. Kunou no Hate no Sore mo Kotae no Hitotsu
3. My Mirai
4. ERROR MESSAGE
5. Shoumen Shoutotsu
9. SAYONARA RIVER
10. Police On My Back (featuring Miyavi & Duran)
Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas have just wrapped up two shows in Japan with their double showing at SUMMER SONIC 2017. The pair of shows took place on August 19 and 20 in Osaka and Tokyo respectively with the performances being a truncated rendition of their CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017.
The full setlist is preserved below:
INABA/SALAS at SUMMER SONIC 2017
[August 19 & 20, 2017]
The pair are not finished yet, however: they will play a special triple-billing with MIYAVI and Made in Asia on August 23 and then head for what is presumed to be their final CHUBBY GROOVE promotion: SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017.
The international show teased by Stevie Salas back in June has finally been confirmed. On August 26, Koshi Inaba and Salas will play what could be the final date in support of their collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE with a stop in Shanghai! The showing was favored as the foremost contender for the international show given that INABA/SALAS will already be performing at SUMMER SONIC in Tokyo and Osaka the previous week. The duo will appear alongside Japanese visual kei act Luna Sea and Scottish rock outfit The Fratellis on the Marine Stage in the event’s inaugural performances.
This is Koshi’s first international performance since B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- wrapped in Los Angeles five years ago. This is not his first time performing outside of Japan in Asia, however: in 2001, B’z performed in both Hong Kong and Taipei. B’z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001 lasted for one date each in both, with the setlist essentially making it an honorary Pleasure LIVE-GYM.
Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas will reform their CHUBBY GROOVE band for a few limited engagements this fall amidst Koshi’s B’z commitments. First, they will appear at SUMMER SONIC 2017 on August 19th and August 20th, performing with the Foo Fighters, All Time Low, Man with a Mission, and Royal Blood on both dates in Osaka and Tokyo, respectively.
Days later, the band will team with visual kei artist Miyavi and rock outfit Made in Asia for a special event at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo. Made in Asia is a band whose roster includes Duran, who has appeared with Koshi on his solo tours in 2014 and 2016.
The return of INABA/SALAS has been teased by Salas on numerous occasions on social media, and if recent posts are any indication, there could be something more on the horizon as well:
“Tonight we announced 4 HUGE rock concerts coming in August INABA SALAS on stage with some bands like the Black Eye Peas and The Foo Fighters will rock in August in Japan AND…????? Stay tuned! I live for the big shows…100 thousand plus suites me fine.”
The fourth show mentioned by Salas has not been officially confirmed but, if occurring, would be expected to take place in August or September as well.
UPDATE: Stevie Salas has clarified his post and confirmed that another date is coming soon, and that it will be in a country outside of Japan:
3 concerts in Japan in August plus another country added sooooon??!!BUT I can’t say where just yet
The program guide for WOWOW’s WOWOW Prime channel shows that the Zepp Tokyo show of INABA/SALAS’ tour “CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017” is going to be broadcast on WOWOW Prime on March 25th from 8PM to 10PM. It’ll likely include the full show as the program runs for two hours.
The duo will wrap up their tour tomorrow, Feburary 20th, at the Diamond Hall in Nagoya.
Source: WOWOW Program Guide