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
For those that prefer their music digitally or simply missed the physical release in Japan, INABA/SALAS’s CHUBBY GROOVE is now available worldwide on iTunes! The U.S. edition is $1.29 per track or $15.48 for the entire album though the album should be purchasable in any country. The duo are currently in the midst of their joint live outing CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 which concludes later this month on February 20.
Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas have kicked off their tour “CHUBBY GROOVE Tour 2017” in support of their recently released collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE on January 25. The set list constists of seventeen tracks, with “SAYONARA RIVER” being the opener to the show. All tracks off the CHUBBY GROOVE record have been performed live, in addition to Koshi Inaba solo tracks “My Mirai“, “Hazumu Sekai” and “Shoumen Shoutotsu“.
Furthermore, the band has covered Davied Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” live on stage as well as performed a cover of The Clash’s “Police on My Back“, which is found on Stevie Salas’ cover album JAM POWER released in 2010.
To date, the band has also done two shows in Osaka at the Zepp Namba with the same set list. Their next show is on January 30th at the Zepp Sapporo in Sapporo.
Check out the full set list and additional information on the tour on the B’z Wiki!
As is customary for both his B’z and solo efforts, Koshi Inaba has provided a written message for today’s release of his collaborative effort with Stevie Salas CHUBBY GROOVE. We have translated the message below:
With the release of their collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE set for this Wednesday, another full-length music video from Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas has been uploaded to their joint YouTube channel. This time, the two have released the oft-previewed “OVERDRIVE“, whose music video was filmed in and around Austin, Texas. You can pre-order the album at the usual places: [YesAsia] [CDJapan] [Amazon Japan]. Their joint tour CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 kicks off January 25 and runs through a showing in Nagoya on February 20.