Matsumoto Talks New Album and Tour in Be With! Vol. 108

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

Ttak_solo2016he interview for the next issue of the fan club-exclusive magazine Be With! (due in January) was conducted the other day. In it, Tak talks about his new album and his upcoming tour. An excerpt of the interview has been posted exclusively on the official fan club's website. Tak mentioned that his new album will have a lot more rock tunes compared to his previous works. Furthermore, he revealed that he will try to make use of the size of each venue to turn each performance into a unique one. To tie in with these plans, B'z Party is collecting votes for songs that Tak should play live.

Excerpt from the Tak Matsumoto interview from Be With! Vol. 108

Interviewer: The image song "Ups and Downs" for the Ukiyo-e exhibition is a strong rock tune and I felt that it is an unusual one compared to your previous solo works.
Matsumoto: It just turned out to be that way, I guess?

Interviewer: Your recent solo works are more jazzy and thus that's the image I have of your works.
Matsumoto: That's true. But this time I made more rock songs.

Interviewer: I also get the feeling that your new album has more rock songs...
Matsumoto: It will be an overall rock album compared to previous solo albums.

Interviewer: And the long-awaited solo tour has been announced. It's different from previous solo tours as it includes arena venues.
Matsumoto: I just thought that I'd be able to make something interesting with instrumental music in a big venue...

Interviewer: I am sure it will be a different atmosphere from shows at the Zepp concert halls or the Blue Note. Can you tell us what kind of show you have in mind?
Matsumoto: Of course the atmosphere will change with the size of the venue. I would like to make it a fun show with lighting, stage set and performance tailored to a big sized venue!

Interviewer: Of course we will get to hear songs off the new record, but will you also perform older songs?
Matsumoto: I will focus on the new tracks but of course I will also perform older songs! I'm not sure if there will be more of the new or the old songs, though...

「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 Dates Announced

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

tak_tour2016Tak Matsumoto's solo project is now in full swing as he has announced that his new album is "coming soon" for a Spring 2016 release. Furthermore, the tour in support of the album as well as the supporting band members have been announced. Unexpectedly Tak is this time not playing at small clubs such as the BLUE NOTE, but is instead turning to bigger hall venues, with the final date at the Nippon Budokan. The ticket lottery for fanclub members is open now until January. General sale for tickets will start March 12th, 2016.

Supporting Band Members

Keyboards: Akira Onozuka (from DIMENSION)
Bass: Masayoshi Yamashita (from LOUDNESS)
Supporting Guitar: Yoshinobu Ohga
Drums: Jason Sutter

Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-

General Sale: March 12th, 2016

April 16th — Diamond Hall (Nagoya)
Tickets: All Standing — 8,000 Yen

April 19th — DRUM LOGOS (Fukuoka)
Tickets: All Standing — 8,000 Yen

April 24th — Osaka Jo Hall
Tickets:
SS Category — 12,000 Yen (FANCLUB ONLY)
S Category — 8,000 Yen
A Category — 5,000 Yen

April 27th — Sapporo Factory Hall
Tickets: All Standing — 8,000 Yen

May 7th — Nippon Budokan (Tokyo)
Tickets:
SS Category — 12,000 Yen (FANCLUB ONLY)
S Category — 8,000 Yen
A Category — 5,000 Yen

Tak Matsumoto New Song「Ups and Downs」 For Ukiyo-e Exhibition

Posted on December 1, 2015 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

tak_solo2016Today it has been revealed that Tak Matsumoto's new song 「Ups and Downs」 will be the image song for an upcoming exhibition at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo. The exhibition is called "KUNIYOSHI & KUNISADA - From the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" and will run from March 19, 2016 to June 5, 2016. The exhibition will feature Ukiyo-e by genius Ukiyo-e artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). The art is sourced from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which is well-known for its collection of Ukiyo-e.

A comment from Tak Matsumoto:

When I received this request, I was already in the middle of recording and had almost gathered all tracks for the new record. "We want to add a rock'ish and fresh aspect to our Ukiyo-e exhibition, which usually attracts old-fashioned art connoisseurs", they said. Their request immediately piqued my interest and I decided to add one last and final track to the record. I felt the Rock'n Roll spirit when I thought about the wild, lively, erotic, and at times very cool style that Kuniyoshi and Kunisada employed. As that happened, I immediately got various inspirations. I finished the track in no time. "Ukiyo" originally means "transient world". All things emerge, and then gradually perish as they change. They are not eternal. The same goes for human emotions: One time you're happy and another time those feelings go away.
How about we value such things and enjoy life more?

Link: Bunkamura Museum of Art

[UPDATE] Tak Matsumoto Provides 2 Songs for Documentary TV Show

Posted on October 1, 2015 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

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Tak Matsumoto has announced that he will provide the opening and ending themes to the TBS show "The World Heritage", which receives an overhaul commemorating its 20th anniversary. The first broadcast is scheduled for October 4th, 2015 at 6 PM Japanese Time.

While Tak Matsumoto has written themes for TV shows such as "Music Station" or "Sport!" in the past, this is the first time that Tak has written a song for a documentary show. The song titles as well as a release date for these two songs has not been revealed yet.

[UPDATE 10/2]
A short movie featuring Tak's new song has been posted on B'z official YouTube channel!

You can check out a very short portion of the opening theme song in the TV commercial below.

「Young Guitar」 Slash & Tak Talk Summary

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Tobias in News, Translations
Tak Matsumoto and Slash on the cover of the February issue of「Young Guitar」

Tak Matsumoto and Slash on the cover of the February issue of「Young Guitar」

I finally got around to posting about the Tak and Slash interview published in the 「Young Guitar」 magazine today! But let's make one thing clear first: They did not announce a collaboration or something along those lines. But perhaps we will see one in the future, who knows? The article starts by explaining that Tak and Slash have a lot in common: They have their own Gibson Signature Models, they have won a Grammy Award, they both released a number of no.1 albums, ... So it was about time that the two sat down for a proper talk. As it turns out, they have even more in common!

Find out more after the break!

Tak Matsumoto & Slash On「Young Guitar」Cover & Special Feature

Posted on January 1, 2015 by Tobias in News
Tak Matsumoto and Slash on the cover of the February issue of「Young Guitar」

Tak Matsumoto and Slash on the cover of the February issue of「Young Guitar」

With the beginning of the new year, it has been revealed that the February issue (out January 10th) of the Japanese guitar magazine「Young Guitar」will feature Tak Matsumoto and Slash together on the cover. The special issue for the new year includes a special talk session with both guitarists! You can order the magazine at CDJapan right here: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1753749.
Don't trust the cover displayed there, it's a placeholder as they haven't updated the page yet!

We will post about it as soon as we get ours!

Tak Matsumoto Provides Guitar Solo For Taiwanese Movie Theme Song [Update: Music Video]

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Tobias in News

Tak Matsumoto is providing the guitar solo part for the theme song to the upcoming Taiwanese movie "Second Chance", set to come into theatres on November 7th in Taiwan. The theme song is called "9 Ball" and is composed and written by Taiwanese band MayDay's guitarist. Lyrics have also been changed to fit the theme of the movie. MayDay's guitarist MONSTER, who is a big fan of Tak Matsumoto, went to Japan and invited Tak to play the solo for the theme song. The music video to the theme song can be seen below!

Tak Matsumoto Sighted At X Japan MSG Gig

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Tobias in News

Visual Kei band X JAPAN has recently performed at the Madison Square Garden in New York, and Tak Matsumoto attended the show, taking a seat in the VIP section of the venue along with GLAY's Takuro. A picture surfaced on Twitter showing Tak Matsumoto and Yoshiki doing the X pose.

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Tak Matsumoto Appears As Guest On Bayfm Special Program

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

While we're still waiting for some news from B'z, Vermillion has announced that Tak Matsumoto will be guest on bayfm's 25th anniversary special program. On the show called "POWER OF RADIO SPIRITS", Tak Matsumoto will have a talk with music critic Masa Ito. The show is broadcasted live on bayfm on September 30th from 9PM to 10PM Japanese Standard Time. The contents of the talk have not been revealed. They just call it a "special talk".

Tak Matsumoto「New Horizon」Scheduled For September 9th Release?

Posted on June 28, 2014 by Tobias in News

As we previously reported, Amazon.com listed Tak Matsumoto's「New Horizon」for a July 8th release in the U.S., however, Amazon.com now lists it slated for a September 9th release. Official confirmation has yet to surface as 335 Records lists the album as "coming soon" on their website. I did some further digging, and also found a possible track list for the U.S. version on CDUniverse.

Light of the Moon should be an English translation of「Tsuki no Akari」, but we are not sure if「Once Upon A Love」is the English title for「Gakuseigai no Kissaten」, or if it's a completely new track exclusive to the U.S. version.

Possible track list for the U.S. release:

01.Take 5
02.New Horizon
03.Feel Like a Woman Tonight
04.Rodeo Blues
05.Island of Peace
06.That's Cool
07.Shattered Glass
08.Light of the Moon
09.Reason To Be...
10.Black Jack
11.Once Upon a Love
12.Rain