Tak Matsumoto

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Tak Matsumoto

B'z lead guitarist and composer
Background information
Origin Japan
Genres Rock, Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Blues, Jazz, Dance, Adult Rock, Metal
Years 1988–Present
Labels BMG Japan (1988-1995)
Vermillion Records (1995-Present)
House of Strings (2004-Present)

Tak Matsumoto (松本孝弘) is a Japanese guitarist, composer, producer, and songwriter best known as one of the two members of B'z. He was born March 27, 1961 in Toyonaka, Osaka. With over two decades spent at the top of the Japanese music scene as its foremost guitarist, he is widely recognized and associated with guitar music in his home country and regularly tops polls in the Japanese music community as the country's greatest guitar ambassador. In addition to his many releases as B'z, he has also had a successful solo career in addition to working with musicians from all over the world.

Discography

Singles

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'88~Love Story/Love Ya (1991)
'88~Love Story
Love Ya
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#1090 ~Thousand Dreams~ (1992)
#1090 ~Thousand Dreams~
LIFE
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THE CHANGING (1999)
THE CHANGING
ONE FOR THE ROAD
THE CHANGING (ORIGINAL TV STYLE)
THE CHANGING (VOCAL & GUITARLESS STYLE)
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Live Life (2013)
Live Life -Instrumental-
Live Life -Vocal-

Albums

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Thousand Wave (1988)
Thousand Wave
Touch Operation
SPAIN
"99"
So Long
Vampire Hunter "D"
Play It So Loud
Teaser
Take Five
No Way Out
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Wanna Go Home (1992)
Wanna Go Home
99
Long Distance Call
Love Ya (Interlude)
Air Port
Life II
'88~Love Story
Love Ya
#1090 ~Thousand Dreams~
Jammin' of The Guitar
Speed
Wanna Go Home (Reprise)
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Thousand Wave Plus (1996)
Thousand Wave
Touch Operation
SPAIN
"99"
So Long
Vampire Hunter "D"
Play It So Loud
Teaser
Take Five
No Way Out
'88~Love Story
Love Ya
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KNOCKIN' "T" AROUND (1999)
THE CHANGING ~Electric Lady Mix~
Nothin' But the Blues
HEAVEN
SAKURA
GO FURTHER
two of us
Kamisama he
Fuyu no Hi
Ai~Ai~Ai~
Zero Yori Zero Kara
Believin' You
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DRAGON FROM THE WEST (2002)
SACRED FIELD
FIGHTING BULL
DRAGON FROM THE WEST
NOTTEKE
Riverside Blues
Trinity
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Hana (2002)
Koi Uta
#1090 Sen Mu Ichiya
Hana
Machi
Midousuji BLUE
Shu ~Asayake~
Little Wing
Romeo & Juliet
hallelujah
ENGAGED
You Know....
2011
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House Of Strings (2004)
WHITE CHRISTMAS
Itsuka no Merry Christmas
sasanqua~Fuyuu no Yuu
Koi Uta
#1090
Hana
Ai no Mama ni...
BLUE
BLACK JACK
SACRED FIELD~RED SUN~GO FURTHER
Theme from ULTRAMAN
Strings Of My Soul
LOVE PHANTOM
HOLY NIGHT
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Theatre Of Strings (2005)
My Favorite Things
Over the Rainbow
New Cinema Paradise
Moon River
The Godfather (Waltz~Love Theme)
Enter the Dragon Theme
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Mission Impossible Theme
Top Gun Anthem
Scarborough Fair Canticle
Emmanuelle Theme
When You Wish Upon A Star
The Magnificent Four
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Strings Of My Soul (2012)
#1090 Sen Mu Ichiya
The Moment
Live Life
TRINITY
BLUE
Hana
Koi Uta
sasanqua~Fuyu no Hi
THE WINGS
SUKIYAKI
featuring LARRY CARLTON
MY FAVORITE THINGS
Romeo & Juliet
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New Horizon (2014)
New Horizon
Take 5
Feel like a woman tonite
Rodeo Blues
Island of peace
That's Cool
Shattered Glass
Tsuki no Akari
Reason to be...
BLACK JACK
Gakuseigai no Kissaten
Rain
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enigma (2016)
enigma
Vermillion Palace
Step to Heaven
Ups and Downs
Rock The Rock
Drifting
The Voyage
Hopes
Under The Sun
Dream Drive
The Rock Show
Roppongi Noise
Mystic Journey
enigma ~epilogue~
<BONUS TRACK>
#1090 ~Million Dreams~

Collaborations

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Rock'n Roll Standard Club (1996)
—ROCK STANDARDS ALBUM—
I GOT THE FIRE
FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING
CAUSE WE'VE ENDED AS LOVERS
INTO THE ARENA
ROCK AND ROLL, HOOCHIE KOO
MOVE OVER
LIFE FOR THE TAKING
SUNSET
WISHING WELL
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
MISTREATED
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Ihoujin (2003)
—1ST COLLABORATIVE SINGLE—
Ihoujin (featuring ZARD)
Ame no Machi wo (featuring Akiko Matsuda)
Ihoujin (VOCAL LESS)
Ame no Machi wo (VOCAL LESS)
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Imitation Gold (2003)
—2ND COLLABORATIVE SINGLE—
Imitation Gold (featuring Mai Kuraki)
Watashi wa Kaze (featuring Yuri Nakamura)
Imitation Gold (VOCAL LESS)
Watashi wa Kaze (VOCAL LESS)
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The Hit Parade (2003)
—COLLABORATIVE ALBUM—
Katte ni Shiyagare (featuring Koshi Inaba)
Ihoujin (featuring ZARD)
Namida no Taiyou (featuring Rina Aiuchi)
Sonoki ni Sasenaide (featuring Yuuka Saegusa,
Kitahara Aiko and Takaoka Ai)
Imitation Gold (featuring Mai Kuraki)
Minato no Yoko Yokohama Yokosuka
Ame no Machi wo (featuring Akiko Matsuda)
Paper Doll (featuring Fayray)
"Ichigo Hakusho" wo Mou Ichido (featuring Akane Sugazaki)
Foggy Night (featuring Yumi Shizukusa)
Shoujo A (featuring Azumi Uehara)
Byun Byun (featuring Daria Kawashima)
Purple Town (featuring Shiroi Takei)
Toki ni Ai wa (featuring Keiko Utoku)
SPINNING TOE-HOLD
Hitori ~I Stand Alone~ (featuring Jeffrey Qwest)
Watashi wa Kaze (featuring Yuri Nakamura)
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Sport! MEMORIAL (2003)
—COLLECTION ALBUM—
RED SUN (Tak Matsumoto)
*ONLY RELEASED HERE*
ROCK man (B'z)
Make my day (Mai Kuraki)
Bokura Dake no Mirai (GARNET CROW)
Forever You (Rina Aiuchi)
Hi no Tori no Youni (doa)
Hitomi Tojite (ZARD)
Spiral (GARNET CROW)
Come on! Come on! (Mai Kuraki)
SACRED FIELD (Tak Matsumoto)
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OH JAPAN ~OUR TIME IS NOW~ (2004)
TMG 1ST SINGLE—
OH JAPAN ~OUR TIME IS NOW~
TRAPPED
OH JAPAN ~OUR TIME IS NOW~ (KARAOKE)
TRAPPED (KARAOKE)
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TMG I (2004)
TMG 1ST ALBUM—
OH JAPAN ~OUR TIME IS NOW~
Everything Passes Away
KINGS FOR A DAY
I Know You by Heart
I wish you were here
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Signs of Life
RED, WHITE AND BULLET BLUES
TRAPPED
My Alibi
WONDERLAND
TRAIN, TRAIN
Two of a Kind
NEVER GOOD-BYE
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TAKE YOUR PICK (2010)
—STUDIO ALBUM WITH LARRY CARLTON
JAZZY BULLETS
Nite Crawler 2010
THE WAY WE WERE
Islands of Japan
Neon Blue
Tokyo Night
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East West Stroll
Easy Mystery
ao
Take Your Pick
A girl from China

Live Tours

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Rock'n Roll Standard
Club Band Tour

Tak's first solo tour outside of B'z. The tour came in support of Tak's solo album, Rock'n Roll Standard Club, on which he provided his own take on a number of rock classics by the likes of Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, the Michael Schenker Group, Rick Derringer, and Deep Purple. The live tour consisted of songs not included on the album itself, with further classics such as "Mama Kin" by Aerosmith and "Back in Black" by AC/DC also being covered. B'z support members Takanobu Masuda and Kaichi Kurose joined Tak for the tour on keyboards and drums, respectively.

TV Documentary

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TMG LIVE TOUR
"Dodge The Bullet"

The sole live tour by TMG, Tak Matsumoto Group, an international rock supergroup consisting of Tak alongside members of fellow rock acts Mr. Big's Eric Martin and Night Ranger's Jack Blades. The tour saw the group touring for a month and a half in the summer of 2004 during Tak's break from B'z duties, with the setlist consisting mostly of songs from the group's only album, TMG I. Notably, the encore also included covers of two classic numbers by Night Ranger and Mr. Big.


Concurrent Events: SUMMER SONIC 04

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Tak Matsumoto & Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Special Collaboration 2004:
"Hana"

A special groundbreaking three-night engagement between Tak Matsumoto and the world-famous Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. The sold-out shows featured Tak playing guitar affront a full orchestra as they performed orchestral arrangements of Tak's compositions both of the solo and B'z varieties. The arrangements were later recorded and released on Tak's solo album of the same year, House Of Strings.


Concurrent Events: THURSDAY LIVE at hills Bread Factory "WEST COAST NIGHT vol.2", THURSDAY LIVE at hills Bread Factory "OOM NIGHT", 12th Seigaku Alumni Festival: Tak Matsumoto Live Concert

TV Documentary

Partially Released on
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Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2010
"TAKE YOUR PICK"

The tour for Tak's collaboration with American jazz legend Larry Carlton in support of their joint album TAKE YOUR PICK. The tour held Japanese dates from June to September, followed by two dates in Taiwan and Hong Kong later in October. Many of the performances were held with two per day at select venues. All songs from the joint album were played during the setlist, followed by an encore consisting of Larry's well-regarded classic "Room 335" and Tak's most well-known solo effort "#1090 ~Thousand Dreams~".

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Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014
-New Horizon-

Tour in support of Tak's 2014 solo album New Horizon. It was the first true solo tour in Tak's career. The tour spanned one month, from May to June, and again saw Tak playing double shows for many of the venues as he did in 2010. Support members included John Ferraro on drums, Travis Carlton on bass, Akira Onozuka on keyboards, and Yoshinobu Ohga on backup guitar.

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Tak Matsumoto Tour 2016
-The Voyage-

Tour in support of Tak's 2016 solo album enigma. The tour ran for five dates between mid April 2016 and early May and, for the first time in Tak's solo career, included performances at arena venues. The shows featured Jason Sutter on drums, Masayoshi Yamashita on bass, Akira Onozuka on keyboards, and Yoshinobu Ohga again providing backing guitar.

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Guitars

Not just that his first guitar ever was a Gibson, he also had the privilege of becoming the first japanese signature artist for Gibson. After being introduced by Steve Vai, a longterm and good friend of Matsumoto, he got his first Signature Model in 1999. He sure made up for that honor by snatching the most signature models made by Gibson. Until now he has a total of eight. Some Gibson Models where picked up by Epiphone and are sold on the US market. They are all based on original Gibson products.

Gibson

Epiphone

Hardware

Over the years Tak Matsumoto has collected and received many different Hardware-Setups for his Live-Concerts and recordings. Commonly known are his Signature Guitars which he plays during Live-Gyms since 1999. In 2013 Dunlop has awarded him his own Dunlop-Cry-Baby as a Signature Model named Tak Cry Baby.