B’z – The best selling band in the history of Japan, releases their first English album on July 25th
B’z To Kick Off North American Tour September 17th
Formed in 1988, B’z are guitarist Tak Matsumoto and vocalist, Koshi Inaba. Over the span of twenty-four years, B’z have released 18 albums and 50 singles, with 46 singles consecutively debuting at Number One on Japan’s Oricon Single Chart. B’z have sold over 80 million CDs in Japan alone, making them the best-selling artist in Japan’s history.
Known as Asia’s foremost guitar player, Matsumoto has joined legends Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Ace Frehley and Slash to become only the fifth guitarist in the world to have his own Gibson signature Les Paul. Details about the Tak Matsumoto Doublecut Custon Ebony Gibson are here: http://bit.ly/PGbcgH
B’z first English-language album is available now worldwide exclusively through iTunes. The self-titled collection includes the newly released single, “Into Free-Dangan-,” which is featured in the video game, Dragon’s Dogma and has sold over a million units worldwide and the record’s opening track, “Love Bomb” (originally titled “Ai no Bakudan”) was a Number One hit in Japan in 2005. View the explosive video for the track “Juice” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5ivMiCqcpI. All of the songs on the new album have been re-produced with English lyrics to coincide with B’z upcoming North American tour kicking off September 17th.
Matsumoto explains, “This will be our fourth U.S. tour. We love playing for American audiences, and are excited to share our first English-language release with our fans.”
B’z North American Tour Dates:
9/17 San Francisco, CA @The Warfield
9/19 Seattle, WA @The Showbox SODO
9/20 Vancouver BC @Orpheum Theatre
9/26 Toronto, ON @Sound Academy
9/28 Silver Spring, MD @The Fillmore
9/30 New York, NY @Best Buy Theater
10/7 Los Angeles, CA @Gibson Amphitheatre
I ran into the guys when they were in town last year doing a fund raiser for the victims of the Tsunami in 2011. We’ll be glad to have them back in the states