Koshi Inaba has announced that he is going to provide the theme song to an upcoming TV drama “Anata ga Shitekurenakute mo”. The dorama is to air on Fuji TV every Thursday from April 13, 2023.
The drama is based on the manga with the same name. The theme song “Stray Hearts” is meant to convey the protagonists’ uncertainty of their feelings.
A short clip was aired during the morning show on Saturday on Japanese TV. Check it out below!
Koshi Inaba will hold his first pair of solo concerts ever since the pandemic started. Titled “Koshi Inaba LIVE 2023 ～en3.5～“, the tour will encompass two shows at Yokohama Arena on February 1 and 2, 2023. The title seems to indicate that the shows are a step towards an upcoming ～en4～ including a new solo album.
The show on February 2 will actually be live-streamed and I’d like to emphasize that the stream will be available world-wide! (except China, Russia and North Korea) Tickets can be bought through pia. They have added an English page for overseas customers. There you can enter your details and pay by credit card. Rest assured, foreign credit cards are accepted!
Be aware: If you can’t watch the show live, the archived stream will only be available for one day – until February 3, 23:59 Japanese Time.
Support Members Announced
Furthermore, the supporting band members have been announced:
Drums: Hideya Suzuki (JEN) from Mr. Children
Bass: Akihito Tokunaga
Keyboards: Sam Pomanti
On January 28, 2023 Koshi Inaba has released a new digital single titled “BANTAM“. The single is available through streaming services world-wide and will be featured as the ending theme to the Japanese TV show “Sukkiri“. A music video to tie in with the release was posted on YouTube as well.
“BANTAM” premiered first during Koshi’s solo concert “Koshi Inaba LIVE 2023 ～en-eX～” at Club eX on January 27 in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The single was produced by Koichi Tsutaya, who also produced a number of Japanese artists such as Yuzu, ayaka, JUJU and back number.
Lyrics can be found in our B’z Wiki!
Koshi is teaming up again with the almighty Stevie Salas, who was very keen to get back in the studio given the huge success that INABA/SALAS has been. INABA/SALAS will be returning for their second Japan-wide tour this year. The tour kicks off at Zepp Osaka Bayside in April, with the tour final being at the Tokyo Garden Theater — an all new venue set to open in Tokyo in 2020. Tokyo Garden Theater is said to pack around 8000 people for an event. It could even be that INABA/SALAS will be the first to perform at the venue. The duo will also be releasing a new album in support of their tour. Stay tuned for more news!
INABA/SALAS 2020 Live Tour Schedule
2020/04/27 Zepp Osaka Bayside
2020/04/28 Zepp Osaka Bayside
2020/05/01 KT Zepp Yokohama
2020/05/02 KT Zepp Yokohama
2020/05/08 Zepp Sapporo
2020/05/09 Zepp Sapporo
2020/05/13 Zepp Fukuoka
2020/05/14 Zepp Fukuoka
2020/05/18 Zepp Nagoya
2020/05/20 Zepp Nagoya
2020/05/21 Zepp Nagoya
2020/05/22 Zepp Tokyo
2020/05/28 Zepp Tokyo
2020/06/02 Osaka Jo Hall
2020/06/03 Osaka Jo Hall
2020/06/10 Tokyo Garden Theater
2020/06/11 Tokyo Garden Theater
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.
For those that missed the album itself, it is available for purchase worldwide on iTunes.
[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)