“Electric Island, Acoustic Sea” Hawaii Show on WOWOW

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

Tak Matsumoto's and Daniel Ho's collaborative tour "Electric Island, Acoustic Sea" is drawing to a close this Sunday, March 19th, at the Blue Note Hawaii. The WOWOW Prime program guide for April has revealed, that the very same channel will — just like INABA/SALAS' tour — broadcast a show from Tak Matsumoto's and Daniel Ho's tour. The show to be broadcast is the tour finale at the Blue Note Hawaii.

The show will be broadcast on WOWOW Prime on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 9:30 PM.

Source: WOWOW Program Guide

Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Hawaii Performance & Tour Details Announced

Posted on January 1, 2017 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

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!

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Jd- in Tak Matsumoto News

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!
09. Omotesando
10. Island of peace (Tak Matsumoto Cover)
11. Rain
12. Lia

CD Package: 2,800 Yen
2 Vinyl LP Set: 4,500 Yen

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!

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)

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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)

「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 Nippon Budokan tour finale live report

Posted on May 22, 2016 by Tobias in News

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Tak Matsumoto's latest solo endeavour takes a different turn compared to his last solo album 「New Horizon」 which was inspired by his previous work with Larry Carlton. His new album 「enigma」 is the product of Tak's self-reflection regarding his career and his musicianship. Even now, it remains a mystery to him if he has become the musician he is supposed to be. An enigma. On this tour, titled 「The Voyage」, Tak Matsumoto takes the audience on a journey through his career, supported by lighting effects and videos.

This is the first time for me to go to one of Tak's solo shows, and I was very excited to see what kind of performance Tak has got in store for a big venue such as Nippon Budokan! I am used to instrumental guitar performances by the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. However, not in such a huge venue.

Tak Matsumoto 「enigma」 TV Commercial On Air

Posted on March 19, 2016 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

The TV commercial for Tak's upcoming solo album 「enigma」 has started airing from today. 「enigma」 is due for an April 6th release, with Tak's solo tour 「Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016 -The Voyage-」 kicking off a week later, on April 16th. The commercial seen above features the songs 「Ups and Downs」 as well as a reworked version of one of Tak's classics called 「#1090 ~Million Dreams~」.

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 New Album「enigma」 Coming in April!

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Jd- in Tak Matsumoto News

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Moments ago, Tak Matsumoto appeared as a guest during WOWOW's live coverage of the 2016 Grammy Awards being held in Los Angeles tonight. Prior to the segment, Tak was shown meeting with Joe Perry of Aerosmith and actor-musician Johnny Depp. Along with fellow rocker Alice Cooper, Depp and Perry recently joined together to form the supergroup Hollywood Vampires for which they appeared on the program to promote.

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During Tak's subsequent interview, the guitarist at last revealed more on his upcoming solo album that follows 2014's New Horizon. The album's title will be 「enigma」 and will be released at some point this April. Release details should be forthcoming in the very near future.

Tak Matsumoto Grammy WOWOW Appearance

 

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...