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
Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho’s Electric Island, Acoustic Sea: Announced for February 8, 2017 on both CD & Vinyl!
Tak Matsumoto's previously announced project with Hawaiian multi-instrumentalist and fellow Grammy Award-winner Daniel Ho has finally been announced! The album Electric Island, Acoustic Sea will be released February 8, 2017 and be followed by the tour Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Live! 2017 -Electric Island, Acoustic Sea- that commences two weeks later. The album's sound will center around Tak Matsumoto's electric guitar mixed with the acoustic sounds of various traditional instruments, such as a Koto, Sanshin, an Ipu Heke and a slack-key guitar performed by Daniel Ho, creating a peaceful listening atmosphere. The twelve-track album will be issued in both CD and vinyl editions and will include instrumental tracks in addition to one vocal track, as well as be preceded by a special campaign to be announced at a later date.
To commemorate the announcement, Tak released a message on the official B'z YouTube channel introducing Daniel Ho and previewing music videos for "Soaring on Dreams" and a cover of the classic Journey ballad "Faithfully". The tracklisting also includes a self-cover of the Hawaii tribute "Island of peace" from Tak's 2014 album New Horizon and contains another track entitled "Rain" that may or may not be based on the one of the same name from the aforementioned album. You can check Tak's message subtitled by us below:
「Electric Island, Acoustic Sea」
01. Soaring on Dreams
02. Fujiyama Highway
03. Magokoro (True Heart)
04. Infinite Escapade
05. Faithfully (Journey Cover)
06. Sunny Tuesday
07. Wander Blues
08. Adrenaline UP!
10. Island of peace (Tak Matsumoto Cover)
CD Package: 2,800 Yen
2 Vinyl LP Set: 4,500 Yen
Koshi Inaba has this week announced his plans for a 2017 tour with Stevie Salas dubbed 「INABA / SALAS “CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017”」. The tour will include mostly small club venues, with a capacity of about 2000 people each, and will be in support of Koshi's and Stevie Salas' yet to be announced collaboration album. The album is scheduled for a December release, pending an official announcement in the coming weeks.
While we already knew Koshi was working with Stevie Salas on a new record, with a tour planned for early 2017, Tak's solo project was largely unknown. Tak will be touring with Hawaiian multi-instrumentalist Daniel Ho. Just like with Koshi's tour, the tour will include small club venues by the likes of the BLUE NOTE.
Given that both Tak and Koshi now embark on another solo project, we probably won't see any new B'z activities until at least March/April 2017. But most definitely in 2018 for their 30th anniversary Pleasure tour.
Here are the tour dates at a glance:
INABA / SALAS “CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017”
January 25 - Zepp Nagoya (Aichi)
January 26 - Zepp Namba (Osaka)
January 27 - Zepp Namba (Osaka)
January 30 - Zepp Sapporo (Hokkaido)
February 3 - DRUM LOGOS (Fukuoka)
February 6 - Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 7 - Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 8 - Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Live! 2017 -Electric Island, Acoustic Sea-
February 25 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 26 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
February 28 - Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi)
March 1 - Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi)
March 2 - Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi)
March 4 - Billboard Live OSAKA (Osaka)
March 5 - Billboard Live OSAKA (Osaka)
March 6 - Billboard Live OSAKA (Osaka)
March 10 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
March 11 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
March 12 - Blue Note Tokyo (Tokyo)
Today it was made public that GLAY's guitarist TAKURO is releasing his first solo instrumental album 「Journey without a map」. Tak Matsumoto, a long-time friend of TAKURO's, has agreed to produce the record with him. "We both love music and guitars. I'm sure this record will have something that will make you feel something.", says Tak. He further adds that he's very delighted to be working together on a music project with a long-time friend.
TAKURO's album is out on December 14th, with a Japan tour in support of the album scheduled for February 2017.
TV Asahi's music program 「Music Station」 celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. On that occasion, a special edition of the show is being held on September 19th, dubbed 「Music Station Ultra Fes」. Tak Matsumoto is set to appear on the show and will possibly perform a rendition of 「#1090 ~Million Dreams~」, an updated version of the very same song, that has been used as the theme song for Music Station for years.
Tak will not be in the studio in Japan, but will be performing live from Los Angeles. Possibly because he is currently at work on the next B'z record.
Tak Matsumoto's latest live show 「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 has finally been announced as a home video release! The release will feature the final show at the Nippon Budokan on DVD and Blu-ray, and will be out on 28th anniversary of the B'z debut: September 21st, 2016. Bonus content will feature two optional angles to the guitar spectacle for select songs:
- Stage View: Stage view allows viewers to experience the whole atmosphere and stage scene while taking in the music.
- Close-up View: Ever wanted to know how Tak plays his guitar? Well, now you can! Close-up view allows viewers to see Tak's fretwork up close for the entire song.
01. Dream Drive
02. enigma (+ STAGE VIEW)
03. Vermillion Palace (+ CLOSE-UP VIEW)
04. Step to Heaven
05. Koi Uta
06. Hana (+ STAGE VIEW & CLOSE-UP VIEW)
07. Theme from Fist of the North Star ~The Road of Lords~ (+ STAGE VIEW & CLOSE-UP VIEW)
08. Theme from ULTRAMAN
09. THE THEME OF B.J. (+ STAGE VIEW)
10. THE WINGS (+ STAGE VIEW & CLOSE-UP VIEW)
12. Wanna Go Home
14. Under The Sun
15. Drifting (+ STAGE VIEW)
16. The Voyage (+ STAGE VIEW)
17. Mystic Journey
18. Ups and Downs (+ STAGE VIEW & CLOSE-UP VIEW)
19. enigma ~epilogue~ (+ STAGE VIEW)
20. RED SUN ~ SACRED FIELD (+ CLOSE-UP VIEW)
21. GO FURTHER (+ CLOSE-UP VIEW)
22. #1090 ~Million Dreams~ (+ CLOSE-UP VIEW)
Gibson has announced that they are releasing a Tak Matsumoto custom 1959 Les Paul model based on the 1959 Les Paul #9-1156 owned by Tak himself. Gibson created a digital model of Tak's guitar by using a 3D scanner, to then build it as one of their flagship models. Tak has used said guitar during his latest solo tour 「Tak Matsumoto Live 2016 -The Voyage-」 and is currently using it as his main guitar.
On BARKS, Matsumoto was quoted as saying "I bought the #9-1156 in 1993. A Japanese instrument dealer introduced me to it and I chose one model ordered from the U.S. Among the candidates there was also a cherry sunburst one, but I chose my current one based on its wood and color." He continues: "I used it on the B'z album 「The 7th Blues」and my solo album 「Hana」, among others. I choose it during recording when I am working on a mellow part or need that vintage sound. I also used it to do the main part of 「Mystic Journey」, found on my lastest solo album 「enigma」. Furthermore, I played it live on stage in 1996 during my 「Rock'n Roll Standard Club」 tour."
"I received a prototype during rehearsal for my tour, and the grade of perfection was so high, that made me realize one more time how great Gibson is. I use it during live performances as well as recording. It is currently my go-to guitar.", says Matsumoto.
A Japan-exclusive limited run of 30 guitars will be hand-signed by Tak Matsumoto and cost you around $14,000. The regular guitar will cost you around $11,000. The guitar will be on sale from July 1st, 2016.
For pictures and more detailed information, check out Gibson Custom's product page here.
Tak Matsumoto's tour 「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 in support of his latest solo album 「enigma」 wrapped up this month with its tour finale at the Nippon Budokan. The tour finale was broadcasted live on the internet through the NTT DoCoMo owned streaming service dTV. While it wasn't clear when exactly the show will be available in on-demand format, the service has announced yesterday that the show will be available for on-demand viewing from May 25th to August 24th.
Although the Japanese streaming service offers a 30-day trial, it does not accept foreign credit cards. Therefore, unlike Hulu Japan, it is not possible to sign up for an account.
Source: B'z Official Website