B'z Talk "Secret Show For Japan" with Linkin Park
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 06:50:34
After the tsunami in Japan, B'z knew they had to do something to help.
As the country's best-selling act, they knew wanted to do something global to not only raise money but awareness. Linkin Park actually presented them with the perfect opportunity.
Always thinking outward, Linkin Park approached B'z about Music for Relief and putting on a secret show together in Los Angeles on August 31, 2011 for tsunami relief. Both bands will be playing an extremely small venue, and the only way for fans to get in is to raise $500 for relief [Instructions here]. The first 500 people to reach the goal will get a pair of tickets, but there are even bigger prizes for those who raise more. Plus, 100% of net proceeds benefit children affected by earthquake and tsunami. It's a wonderful reason to put on a rock show…
B'z—Tak Matsumoto [Guitar] and Koshi Inaba [Vocals]—spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview about the "Secret Show for Japan", other benefit plans, new music, and so much more.
How did you become involved with Music for Relief?
Tak Matsumoto: Right after the Great East Japan Earthquake happened, Linkin Park's management asked me to get involved with Music for Relief. I was thinking what I could do for my country so it was perfect opportunity.
Koshi Inaba: Right after the disaster in March, Music for Relief asked us to donate a song for the album to support Japan. That was the start.
Were you planning any other benefit shows?
Tak Matsumoto: Yes, we'll start the tour from Sendai (stricken area) in this September. We're going to have two shows there and all proceeds goes to a local charity.
Koshi Inaba: 100% of net proceed of these two shows will be donated towards the relief effort.
What do you think is going to make this benefit show with Linkin Park most special?
Tak Matsumoto: I deeply appreciate that we can perform in the US and support Japan as well. And I am very proud of sharing the stage with LINKIN PARK, of course.
Koshi Inaba: That as a Japanese band, we are able to show our appreciation directly to those who is supporting our country.
What can fans expect from this show?
Tak Matsumoto: I think most of the audiences have never seen and listened to the B'z music yet, so we'll try to give them a great performance as a Japanese rock band.
Koshi Inaba: Since it is such a rare opportunity for us to play in front of the US audience, there is an element of excitement that will be with all of us. It's gonna be fun!
Do you enjoy playing intimate gigs like this more?
Tak Matsumoto: Fortunately, we perform in small intimate venues as well as stadiums in Japan every year. I really love to play anywhere.
Koshi Inaba: We enjoy playing all venues but there is a certain intimacy that is hard to capture on the big stage.
How have you guys evolved on the new record?
Tak Matsumoto: Please listen to our new album "C'mon" and you will find something new about B'z. We totally rock as a band. However, our musical styles have grown to many unique aspects.
Koshi Inaba: We've been touring with this band a lot, I think there is a certain maturity and chemistry that you can hear on "C'mon".
How else can listeners help with Tsunami relief?
Tak Matsumoto: I'm so grateful to all the people who are supporting Japan! I believe it's not just about supplies and donations. Reconstructing the devastated area will take for years, so please don't forget the victims of the disasters and don't stop praying for Japan.
Koshi Inaba: By making a donation if you can. The repercussions of this disaster are still effecting thousands and won't go away for a long time. Not forgetting about the tsunami disaster and praying for the people who are still suffering would help.
Have you pitched in?
Visit Music for Relief and "Secret Show for Japan official sites for more info !
See our last interview with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park here!