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INABA/SALAS at SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017 (08.26)

Posted on August 26, 2017
Koshi Inaba News

What is expected to be the finale for Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas’s CHUBBY GROOVE promotions has at last wrapped with a performance at SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017. While this is Koshi’s first performance in China proper, it is not his first time working in Asia outside of Japan. In 2001, B’z performed two Pleasure-themed shows in Hong Kong and Taipei as part of B’z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001.

For those that missed the album itself, it is available for purchase worldwide on iTunes.

INABA/SALAS
[August 26, 2017 at SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017]

1. SAYONARA RIVER
2. Kunou no Hate no Sore mo Kotae no Hitotsu
3. My Mirai
4. ERROR MESSAGE
5. Shoumen Shoutotsu
6. WABISABI
7. OVERDRIVE
8. MARIE
9. AISHI-AISARE
10. Police On My Back

INABA/SALAS with MIYAVI & Made in Asia (08.23)

Posted on August 25, 2017
Koshi Inaba News

Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas’s mini-reunion for their CHUBBY GROOVE promotions continue with a triple billing alongside visual kei icon Miyavi and J-rockers Made in Asia. The latter features Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ and Koshi Inaba LIVE 2016 ~enIII~ supporting guitarist Duran on guitar.

Luckily, the setlist is an expanded and unique version of the setlist the band played for SUMMER SONIC 2017. Most interestingly, it also saw Koshi reunite with Duran and welcome newcomer Miyavi to the stage for a full band rendition of The Clash’s “Police On My Back” near the end of the show:

INABA/SALAS with Miyavi & Made in Asia
[August 23, 2017 at Toyosu PIT]

1. AISHI-AISARE
2. Kunou no Hate no Sore mo Kotae no Hitotsu
3. My Mirai
4. ERROR MESSAGE
5. Shoumen Shoutotsu
6. WABISABI
7. OVERDRIVE
8. MARIE
9. SAYONARA RIVER
10. Police On My Back (featuring Miyavi & Duran)
11. TROPHY

The duo will now head for what is presumed to be their final CHUBBY GROOVE stop: SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017 on August 26.

B’z Loud-Gym First Event Theme: “GREETING NIGHT”

Posted on August 22, 2017
News

As previously announced at the end of July, the first ever B’z Loud-Gym—a monthly fan-centric meetup at numerous clubs and bars around Japan—will take place next month on September 21. Its theme will be “GREETING NIGHT”. The first details of what will be shown have just been revealed for the first time and will be sure to please longtime fans.

Sample footage from the “B’z LIVE-GYM COLLECTION” contained in B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX will be screened at the venues, along with at least partial performances from B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town-! The footage for the latter will be sourced from the band’s showing at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre on July 30, 2009. Notably, very little footage from the 2009 SHOWCASE tour is publicly available, with only some moments sampled in the Magical Backstage Tour documentary contained on limited edition copies of seventeenth studio album MAGIC.

It is unknown exactly how much footage will be played from the show, though it has long been requested for home video by fans due to the presence of several rarities, including “Crazy Rendezvous“, “VAMPIRE WOMAN“, “MY SAD LOVE“, “THE GAMBLER“, and “Kirei na Ai Jyanakutemo“.

B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town- Setlist
[July 30, 2009]

1. DIVE
2. Shoudou
3. Ichibu to Zenbu
4. BURN -Fumetsu no Face-
5. ZERO
6. Crazy Rendezvous
7. VAMPIRE WOMAN
8. MY SAD LOVE
9. THE GAMBLER
10. Kirei na Ai Jyanakutemo
11. Blue Sunshine
12. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
13. Calling
14. juice
15. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
16. BANZAI
17. SUPER LOVE SONG
ENCORE
18. MY LONELY TOWN
19. ultra soul

A list of all venues participating in the September 21, 2017 event can be found on the official website.

INABA/SALAS at SUMMER SONIC 2017 (08.19 & 08.20)

Posted on August 21, 2017
Koshi Inaba News

Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas have just wrapped up two shows in Japan with their double showing at SUMMER SONIC 2017. The pair of shows took place on August 19 and 20 in Osaka and Tokyo respectively with the performances being a truncated rendition of their CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017.

The full setlist is preserved below:

INABA/SALAS at SUMMER SONIC 2017
[August 19 & 20, 2017]

1. SAYONARA RIVER
2. Kunou no Hate no Sore mo Kotae no Hitotsu
3. Shoumen Shoutotsu
4. WABISABI
5. OVERDRIVE
6. MARIE
7. AISHI-AISARE
8. TROPHY (Only for 8.20)

The pair are not finished yet, however: they will play a special triple-billing with MIYAVI and Made in Asia on August 23 and then head for what is presumed to be their final CHUBBY GROOVE promotion: SUMMER SONIC SHANGHAI 2017.

B’z Festival Appearances Completed!
RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL & ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL (08.05 / 08.11)

Posted on August 11, 2017
News

The summer touring for B’z has only just come to an end, and we first bring you news on their appearances at RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 in EZO and the ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017. As expected, the setlist used for both shows were truncated for the abbreviated stage time compared to earlier dates for B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-.

Given the shows have already completed, the setlist is preserved below:

B’z Summer 2017 Festival Appearance Setlists
[August 5 & 11, 2017]

1. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
2. Liar! Liar!
3. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo
4. Uchouten
5. Hadashi no Megami
6. Ichibu to Zenbu
7. Still Alive
8. Shoudou
9. juice
10. girigiri chop
11. ultra soul

It is not uncommon for B’z to include recent singles that would appeal specifically to festival-goers as well as their perennial hits for such occasions, as opposed to the fan-centric SHOWCASE outings. The band’s appearance for SUMMER SONIC 09, for example, spanned thirteen songs—all thirteen of which were singles.

Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas to Perform in Shanghai on August 26

Posted on August 5, 2017
Koshi Inaba News

The international show teased by Stevie Salas back in June has finally been confirmed. On August 26, Koshi Inaba and Salas will play what could be the final date in support of their collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE with a stop in Shanghai! The showing was favored as the foremost contender for the international show given that INABA/SALAS will already be performing at SUMMER SONIC in Tokyo and Osaka the previous week. The duo will appear alongside Japanese visual kei act Luna Sea and Scottish rock outfit The Fratellis on the Marine Stage in the event’s inaugural performances.

This is Koshi’s first international performance since B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- wrapped in Los Angeles five years ago. This is not his first time performing outside of Japan in Asia, however: in 2001, B’z performed in both Hong Kong and Taipei. B’z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001 lasted for one date each in both, with the setlist essentially making it an honorary Pleasure LIVE-GYM.