This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
B’z Live-Gym 2012 -Into Free- Tour Brings Japanese Rock Duo to L.A.
Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk (Universal City, CA)
Takahiro “Tak” Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba, the Asian rock superstars known as B’z, are the best-selling artists in Japanese music history, charting 46 consecutive No. 1 singles over the course of their 20-year career. And now they’re diving into the U.S. market with a self-titled mini-album, featuring English-language versions of their biggest hits. B’z includes the newly-released single, “Into Free -Dangan-” featured in the video game, Dragon’s Dogma, while the album’s opening track, “Love Bomb,” was originally titled “Ai no Bakudan” and was a No. 1 hit in Japan in 2005. Their concert shows, called “Live Gyms,” feature plenty of arena-rock pyrotechnics, along with Matsumoto’s stellar guitar shredding and Inaba’s energetic vocalizing. In fact, Matsumoto is recognized as one of the world’s best guitarists — his side project with jazz guitarist Larry Carlton won a Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2011 Grammys, and he’s only the fifth six-stringer in history to be awarded his own signature model Les Paul.