INABA/SALAS New Album CHUBBY GROOVE On Sale Now:
Koshi’s Release Message Translated

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News, Translations

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:

You can order the album at the usual places: [YesAsia] [CDJapan] [Amazon Japan]. The duo's joint tour CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 kicks off January 25 and runs through a showing in Nagoya on February 20.

INABA/SALAS Full “OVERDRIVE” Music Video Now Available

Posted on January 16, 2017 by Jd- in Koshi Inaba News, Videos

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.

B’z New Song “Still Alive” Announced As TBS Drama Theme

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Jd- in B'z News, Videos

In a surprise announcement, it has been revealed in its first airing that a brand-new, previously-unheard B'z song entitled "Still Alive" will soon be serving as the theme to the new TBS medical drama A LIFE ~Itoshiki Hito~. The drama stars well-known actor and singer Takuya Kimura of SMAP fame. In commemoration of the announcement, B'z also released a message about its creation:

We started working after having received an offer for the theme song. We also took the chance to talk with the drama's production team. After some trial and error, we were able to produce a track we were content with. We'd be glad if this song contributed to the atmosphere of the drama.B'z

This is the second time B'z have contributed to a Kimura-starring drama. In 2000, one of the band's best-known singles in "Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni" accompanied Beautiful Life which went on to sweep the Television Drama Academy Awards for the year and net B'z a win for Best Theme Song.

Whether the song will be released as a digital exclusive single in the near future or issued as a physical release has not yet been announced. In the meantime, check out "Still Alive" as it aired during the first episode today!

INABA/SALAS To Make Music Station Appearance This Week

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Jd- in Koshi Inaba News


TV Asahi has just announced that Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas will be appearing on this week's edition of Music Station for an interview and performance of their new song "AISHI-AISARE". Other acts appearing for the episode include Bruno Mars, KinKi Kids, backnumber, and Busaiku.

Notably, this will mark the duo's first performance from upcoming joint album CHUBBY GROOVE. Moreover, this is their first performance together in nearly seven years—since Salas appeared as a guest for a Nippon Budokan show during Koshi Inaba LIVE 2010 ~enII~ to play "Hazumu Sekai", a song co-written by the two years earlier.

The 2-hour special edition of the perennial music program airs this Friday, January 20.

INABA/SALAS’s “OVERDRIVE” As Porsche Panamera Theme Song, “WABISABI” Clip Now Available

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Jd- in Koshi Inaba News, Videos

With the release of Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas's collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE due out this week, the last of the promotional push is now getting underway. Foremost, the pair's song "OVERDRIVE" is now serving as the theme to the new edition of Porsche's Panamera as shown in the clip below:

Additionally, the duo have also made available a brief behind the scenes video with their song "WABISABI" as well:

INABA/SALAS “AISHI-AISARE” Music Video & Bonus Clips Out Now

Posted on January 6, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News, Videos

A full video for one of the new Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas collaborations has now been made available on the pair's YouTube channel. The song "AISHI-AISARE" (Love, Be Loved) is set to be included on their album CHUBBY GROOVE, due for release on January 18, 2016. 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.

Additionally, another short music video for fellow album song 「Kunou no Hate no Sore mo Kotae no Hitotsu」 (What Lies At the End of Sorrow Is Also An Answer) has been uploaded and can be streamed below as well:

B’z New Years Message 2017: New Material in the Works to Follow Solo Projects!

Posted on January 2, 2017 by Tobias in B'z News

We at OFF THE LOCK wish everyone a happy new year! Per usual, B'z have released a message for their fanclub members to celebrate the beginning of a new year. It appears that this year we'll be able to look forward to a new B'z album! But first, Tak and Koshi will be embarking on their solo collaboration projects. On September 21st, 2017, B'z will celebrate their 29th anniversary since their formation in 1988, and enter their 30th year as a band. For sure, preparations for the 30th anniversary Pleasure 2018 tour are already underway and will be announced around that time.

Check out the subtitled video below for more details!

Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Hawaii Performance & Tour Details Announced

Posted on January 1, 2017 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

Just before the new year, an overseas performance has been announced for Tak Matsumoto's and Daniel Ho's "Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho LIVE! 2017 -Electric Island, Acoustic Sea-" tour. The show will be at the Blue Note Hawaii on March 19th. There are performances scheduled at 6:30PM and 9PM HST. Tickets are available through TicketWeb. Be sure to get your ticket early!

In other news, the logo and members of supporting band have been announced for the tour. Keyboardist Akira Onozuka and guitarist Yoshinobu Ohga will be joined by Randy Drake on drums and Steve Billman on bass. Both have been performing on stage with Daniel Ho in the past.

Keyboards: Akira Onozuka
Guitar: Yoshinobu Ohga
Drums: Randy Drake
Bass: Steve Billman

INABA/SALAS “AISHI-AISARE” Featured in d hits Commercials

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

Koshi Inaba's and Stevie Salas' song "AISHI-AISARE" from their upcoming collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE is featured in the latest NTT DoCoMo-owned streaming service d hits commercials. The full version of the song is also exclusively available for streaming on d hits from today.

“Koshi Inaba x Kei Nishikori Special Conversation” Trailer and “TROPHY” Teaser

Posted on December 26, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

Pay-TV channel WOWOW is teasing the upcoming special conversation between Koshi Inaba and Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori, to be aired on December 31 on the very same channel. "TROPHY" from INABA/SALAS upcoming album CHUBBY GROOVE plays in the background, as it serves as the theme song to WOWOW's 2017 series of tennis broadcasts. A short music video has also been uploaded to CHUBBY GROOVE's official YouTube channel. You can check both out below!