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’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:

Now Available: A Special “Love Bomb” Lyric Video!

Posted on January 2, 2017 by Jd- in Translations, Videos

Given the rising popularity of lyric videos in today's internet music culture, we decided to try our hand at creating one featuring a B'z song. The song we decided to work with was the English tune "Love Bomb", itself being a new rendition of the 2005 Japanese single "Ai no Bakudan".

(Update for 2017—This edition of the song was previously released in 2012 as part of the band's debut English album but was recently delisted from international iTunes stores with the coming of the new year. A similar delisting followed after five years of availability for the band's 2007 International EP. It bears noting that "Into Free -Dangan-" remains available worldwide as a single.)

As a bonus: You can also now download a collection of eight custom wallpapers inspired by this project right here. Each wallpaper was created for a resolution of 1920x1080 but should scale nicely to any widescreen resolution.

Video Countdown: The Top 50 B’z Guitar Solos!

Posted on November 24, 2016 by Jd- in B'z in Review, Videos

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Those of us at OFF THE LOCK have long intended to produce additional content that explores facets of the B'z catalogue in ways we have not before. And, with that in mind, we now bring you our very own countdown of the Top 50 B'z Guitar Solos! The order found here is the result of speculation and discussions from throughout the international B'z community over the years. We hope that it will, if nothing else, provide an overview of the vast variety of guitar work and how integral Tak's solos are to the B'z sound.

In addition to excerpts of each song for the purposes of this countdown, we have also provided information on each guitar used to play each song with the information at our disposal. We cannot guarantee complete accuracy for many reasons, including the fact that Tak often employs several different guitars on each track, but hope it may prove informative nonetheless!

So, after watching: Do you feel something was left out? Or maybe you'd have had a completely different Top 10? What's your favorite? Let us know what you would have changed!

If you hear a song you aren't quite familiar with or you're reminded of one you've long wanted to own, consider picking up a physical copy of its album or single from CDJapan or YesAsia!

DVD & Blu-ray「Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon-」DIGEST

Posted on April 3, 2016 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News, Videos

To wet your appetite for Tak Matsumoto's upcoming new solo album, a digest of Tak's previous solo tour in 2014 has been posted. The show will be available on DVD and Blu-ray that comes with the limited editions of 「enigma」.

B’z to Provide Theme Song to Detective Conan Movie 20

Posted on February 25, 2016 by Tobias in B'z News, Videos

Early morning newspapers as well as NTV news show "Oha!4" (see video above) have revealed that B'z will provide the theme song to the 20th Detective Conan movie 「The Darkest Nightmare」, which is scheduled to hit theatres on April 16th, 2016. The medium tempo rock ballad is titled 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」(The world will become your color) and B'z is quoted as saying "This movie focuses a lot on the darker parts of Conan's story and thus we made the theme song with a different feeling.". Series creator Gosho Aoyama further commented: "The movie is pitch-black and it depends on you what color your feelings are after you've seen the movie".

Furthermore, Tak Matsumoto will play the guitar part of the Detective Conan main theme in the movie. This marks the first time an artist gets to play the guitar part of the main theme.

A CD release for「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」has yet to be announced. A full trailer featuring the movie's theme song has also been revealed today. You can check it out below.

Tak Matsumoto Grammy Interview Now Subtitled

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Jd- in Tak Matsumoto News, Translations, Videos

At the recent 58th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, Tak Matsumoto appeared during Japanese broadcaster WOWOW's live coverage of the event as a guest. Actor-musician Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry appeared in the preceding segment to promote their supergroup Hollywood Vampires and were photographed by the staff with Tak as he emerges for the interview.

Today, the full ten minute interview is now available to be viewed below, complete with subtitles.

Tak Matsumoto Tour Message Video & Setlist Request Results

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Jd- in Tak Matsumoto News, Videos

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

1. “99”
2. GO FURTHER
3. #1090~Thousand Dreams~
4. Koi Uta [恋歌]
5. LIFE
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 *
19. SAKURA
20. Romeo & Juliet *
21. Theme from Fist of the North Star ~The Road of Lords~ *
22. THE THEME OF B.J. *