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“CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017” Zepp Tokyo Show on WOWOW

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


The program guide for WOWOW's WOWOW Prime channel shows that the Zepp Tokyo show of INABA/SALAS' tour "CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017" is going to be broadcast on WOWOW Prime on March 25th from 8PM to 10PM. It'll likely include the full show as the program runs for two hours.

The duo will wrap up their tour tomorrow, Feburary 20th, at the Diamond Hall in Nagoya.

Source: WOWOW Program Guide

INABA/SALAS Kick Off “CHUBBY GROOVE” Tour in Nagoya

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas have kicked off their tour "CHUBBY GROOVE Tour 2017" in support of their recently released collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE on January 25. The set list constists of seventeen tracks, with "SAYONARA RIVER" being the opener to the show. All tracks off the CHUBBY GROOVE record have been performed live, in addition to Koshi Inaba solo tracks "My Mirai", "Hazumu Sekai" and "Shoumen Shoutotsu".

Furthermore, the band has covered Davied Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" live on stage as well as performed a cover of The Clash's "Police on My Back", which is found on Stevie Salas' cover album JAM POWER released in 2010.

To date, the band has also done two shows in Osaka at the Zepp Namba with the same set list. Their next show is on January 30th at the Zepp Sapporo in Sapporo.

Check out the full set list and additional information on the tour on the B'z Wiki!

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:

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!


INABA/SALAS 「TROPHY」 WOWOW 2017 Tennis Season Image Song

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

The track 「TROPHY」 off Koshi Inaba's and Stevie Salas' upcoming collaborative album 「CHUBBY GROOVE」 will be used by Japanese TV channel WOWOW as image song for their broadcasts of the 2017 tennis season, starting with the Brisbane International held from January 1 - 8, 2017.

What's more, Koshi Inaba sat down with Japanese tennis superstar Kei Nishikori for a special "tennis conversation". The conversation is going to be aired on WOWOW on December 31st from 4PM Japanese Time. A director's cut edition of the conversation will be posted to Koshi Inaba's official website en-zine on January 1.

INABA / SALAS Collaborative Album 「CHUBBY GROOVE」 Releases January 18, 2017!

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

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The cat is finally out of the bag! Koshi Inaba's and Stevie Salas' highly anticipated collaborative album has finally been announced. Their album titled 「CHUBBY GROOVE」 will release in Japan on January 18, 2017 contrary to previous rumors, which indicated that the album is going to be released in December. 「CHUBBY GROOVE」 features twelve tracks, with various famed musicians such as Ricky Peterson, Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) participating on the record. The album was mixed by Tim Palmer, who mixed albums for U2 and David Bowie in the past. It comes in a CD-only as well as a CD+DVD version, with the DVD version containing music videos to the tracks 「SAYONARA RIVER」「OVERDRIVE」and「AISHI-AISARE」(*whisper* they will probably be posted on YouTube anyway *whisper*). Unfortunately, the release does not feature a documentary video containing the excerpts shown in the 「SAYONARA RIVER」 music video, nor is a Blu-ray version available.

The album was recorded over the course of several months since May, and took place in different locations such as Tokyo, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Austin, Nashville and Toronto.

You can pre-order the album at the usual places: [YesAsia] [CDJapan] and [Amazon Japan].

Price (CD Only): 2,800 Yen
Price (CD+DVD): 3,700 Yen

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「CHUBBY GROOVE」

[Tracklist]
01. SAYONARA RIVER
02. OVERDRIVE
03. WABISABI
04. AISHI-AISARE (Love-Be Loved)
05. shirase (The News / シラセ)
06. ERROR MESSAGE
07. NISHI-HIGASHI (EAST-WEST)
08. kunou no hate no sore mo kotae no hitotsu (The Thing at the End of Agony is also an Answer / 苦悩の果てのそれも答えのひとつ)
09. MARIE
10. BLINK
11. MY HEART YOUR HEART
12. TROPHY

INABA / SALAS 「SAYONARA RIVER」 Music Video

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

Today we get a first glimpse at Koshi Inaba's and Stevie Salas' collaborative project. A possible song from their yet-to-be-announced upcoming album was uploaded to the "Chubby Groove Official Channel" on YouTube. The track 「SAYONARA RIVER」 features a groovy tune, with Stevie Salas no doubt rocking the guitar. In the video, we can see Koshi and Stevie travel various parts in the U.S. (and possibly Japan) as they work on their record. Check it out below!



Koshi and Tak Continue Solo – New Solo Tours Announced

Posted on October 15, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News, Tak Matsumoto News

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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)

Koshi Inaba Digital Exclusive Single 「YELLOW」Now Available!

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News

koshi_yellow_singleKoshi Inaba has just released his latest digital exclusive single 「YELLOW」 through digital music channels such as iTunes Japan, Mora and Dwango. The release comes after the song was announced in March, to be featured in the latest line of KOSE sun protection commercials. Ever since, the song has been reworked and has now been released in its current form.

Alongside the release of the single a stylish music video featuring Koshi in vectored out form from various live shows has been uploaded to the band's official YouTube channel. We have embedded the video for your viewing pleasure below!

Koshi is currently in Nashville, working on his new solo record with Stevie Salas. The solo record is expected to release in the Fall. A potential solo tour is planned for early 2017.