Tak Matsumoto's upcoming solo tour「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 is set to kick off next month with a total of five dates that includes his first arena shows as a solo artist. These will take place at Osaka Jo Hall on April 24th and the Nippon Budokan on May 7th. Today, Tak released a short message teasing what audience members can expect from the show, which we have subtitled for you below:
Additionally, the results of the fan-request polling for the upcoming tour have also been revealed, with just over twenty songs coming in on the rankings. As mentioned in the above video, Tak expects to mix the majority of his as-yet-untitled new album due out this Spring with several of his older solo songs. The songs chosen by fans include several on which Tak provided vocals himself, from 1999's KNOCKIN' "T" AROUND. These include single "THE CHANGING" alongside album songs "SAKURA" and "Zero Yori Zero Kara". Naturally, most of Tak's best-known solo compositions made the list, including "#1090～Thousand Dreams～", "Hana", "Koi Uta", "GO FURTHER", and "SACRED FIELD".
Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage- Song Request Results
* Denotes a tie with an adjacent song
2. GO FURTHER
3. #1090～Thousand Dreams～
4. Koi Uta [恋歌]
6. Hana [華]
7. SACRED FIELD *
8. THE CHANGING *
9. RED SUN
10. Strings Of My Soul
11. Love Ya
12. Zero Yori Zero Kara [ゼロよりゼロから]
13. FIGHTING BULL *
14. SPAIN *
15. Trinity *
16. Play It So Loud
17. Believin' you *
18. Long Distance Call *
20. Romeo & Juliet *
21. Theme from Fist of the North Star ～The Road of Lords～ *
22. THE THEME OF B.J. *
Tak Matsumoto will make an appearance on this year's live broadcast of the Grammy Award ceremony on Japanese channel WOWOW. The broadcast will run from 9AM to 2PM on February 16th, Japanese time. Matsumoto is expected to appear on the program at around 9:30AM and will talk about his experience when he won his very own Grammy in 2011. Furthermore, he will talk about this year's ceremony and its highlights.
Tak is currently in Los Angeles, recording new B'z tracks in their private L.A. studio. His new solo album is due for a Spring 2016 release.
With about two weeks left until the release of the home video of their 2015 tour 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 on DVD and Blu-ray, the commercial made its TV debut during the broadcast of Detective Conan last Saturday. This version of the commercial features songs 「Uchouten」, 「RED」 and 「Las Vegas」. Check it out!
Oricon—Japan's leading music sales tracking service—has announced that Koshi Inaba's latest solo single 「Hane」 has debuted at the top of the charts with 88,000 physical copies sold. This is his fifth consecutive single to do so as a solo artist, following 1998's「Tooku Made」, 2003's 「KI」, 2004's 「Wonderland」, and 2010's 「Okay」.
Currently, Koshi is on tour as part of Koshi Inaba LIVE 2016 ~enIII~ with dates planned through a March 6th finale at the Nippon Budokan. You can expect to see more video coverage of Koshi's recent activities on this website, along with translations of recent interviews he has given to the press, in the coming days.
An update to the official B'z website today brings a promotional teaser video of Tak Matsumoto's upcoming solo tour「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」which will see him playing large venues such as Osaka Jo Hall and Nippon Budokan for the first time as a solo artist. The nationwide tour is to be held at five venues beginning in mid April and ending with a finale on May 7th.
Tak will be joined on the tour by drummer Jason Sutter, who has previously toured with Foreigner, Chris Cornell, and Smash Mouth. Colleague and friend Masayoshi Yamashita of fellow Japanese rock act LOUDNESS will be appearing on bass, while frequent B'z backing guitarist Yoshinobu Ohga and keyboardist Akira Onozuka round out the remaining support members.
Following his appearance on All Night Nippon Gold yesterday, Koshi Inaba has kicked off his latest rendition of the en-series of tours today. The show at the i-Messe Yamanashi spanned 22 songs, which included all songs from his new single 「Hane」. Koshi Inaba's tour runs until March 6th where he will perform at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
We have the set list for this show right here for you. For further set list updates, please refer to the B'z Wiki article on the latest tour.
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Given his recent interest in Rakugo, Koshi Inaba sat down with famous Rakugoka Danshun Tatekawa to talk about the art of Rakugo. Danshun Tatekawa is also known for his recent role in the TBS hit drama 「Shitamachi Rocket」, for those that are not familiar with Rakugo. The video is available directly on YouTube and has also been posted on Koshi Inaba's website as part of his series of conversation videos.
Koshi Inaba has announced that he will make an appearance as a radio personality on the weekly 「All Night Nippon GOLD」 radio show. He will moderate the show on January 15th and will talk about his new single 「Hane」 as well as his solo projects in general. Musicians who call themselves "Koshi fans" will make comments on the show! In addition, they have a special "entertainment project" planned, that hasn't been done before. The show is expected to run a full two hours.
News just broke on Fuji TV's morning news program 「Mezamashi TV」 that Koshi Inaba will for the first time be guest on 「SMAP x SMAP」. Koshi will make an appearance during the 「SMAP x SMAP」 special scheduled to air next week Monday January 11th, 2016. Koshi will be interviewed and also perform his new single 「Hane」 live on stage together with the members of SMAP. This also marks the first time Koshi Inaba perfoming solo with another artist on stage.
Check out the news clip below.