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Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi

長渕剛


1956年9月7日生まれ
鹿児島県出身

1978年シングル「巡恋歌」で本格デビュー。翌年にファースト・アルバム『風は南から』をリリースし、’80年「順子」でチャート1位を獲得する。 以後、’85年「勇次」、’87年「ろくなもんじゃねぇ」、’88年「乾杯」「とんぼ」など、’80年代を通じヒットを連発。

’90年代に入り、’91年『JAPAN』、’93年『Captain of the Ship』など、オリジナリティの極みとも言える革新的なアルバムをリリースすると同時に、’92年5月15日、東京ドームで1人 vs 65,000人という常識外れのライブを成功させる。

’03年シングル「しあわせになろうよ」でシングルの総売り上げは1000万枚を突破。さらに、ソロ・アーティストとして12枚のオリジナル・アルバムでオリコンチャート1位獲得という、金字塔も打ち立てている。 また、’02年の横浜スタジアム、’03年の赤レンガパークなど、数々の会場での動員記録を塗り替え、’04年・夏、桜島の荒地を開拓して作った野外会場でのオールナイトライブでは、日本全国から75,000人を集めるという驚異の集客力を見せつけた。経済効果50億と言われたこの公演は、音楽界のみならず、国内に大きな衝撃と感動を与えた。その会場跡地には記念モニュメント『叫びの肖像』が建立され、現在、公園事業計画が進んでいる。音楽の持つ力と可能性を、日本に示した瞬間といえるだろう。 サッカーのワールドカップの会場のごとく日本国旗がコンサート会場に翻った’05年の『YAMATO』ツアーでは95,000人を動員。 ’07年のアリーナ・ツアー『Come on Stand up!』では全国14箇所19公演で15万人を動員。直径9メートルのセンター・ステージを舞台に、まさに格闘技のリングさながらのライブを展開。心拍数180、3時間半をゆうに超えるライブ・パフォーマンスで、日本を震撼させた。

そして、’09年ユニバーサルミュージックへ移籍。移籍第一弾シングル「卒業」は、NHK「課外授業 ようこそ先輩」を通じて知り合った、現役高校生40名との共作。卒業ソングの新たなる名曲が生まれた。同年7月、第2弾シングル「蝉 semi」を、8月には前作から2年3ヶ月振りとなる待望のニュー・アルバム『FRIENDS』を発表し、全国6ヶ所10公演のアリーナ・ツアー、さらには13ヶ所20公演の弾き語りホール・ツアー、そして自身初のカウントダウン・ライブで、目まぐるしい移籍1年目を締め括った。

翌2010年も休むことなく走り続け、6月には豪華30周年記念ボックスセット『30th Anniversary BOX from TSUYOSHI NAGABUCHI PREMIUM』をリリース。さらには米軍基地問題に揺れる沖縄への愛を歌った「俺たちのニライカナイ」を8月に緊急シングルとしてリリース、そして10月にはシルベスター・スタローン監督・脚本・主演の映画「エクスペンダブルズ」日本版主題歌「絆-KIZUNA-」をリリースした。プロモーション来日したスタローンとの対談は、大きな話題となった。さらには、前作から僅か1年余りでニュー・アルバム『TRY AGAIN』をリリース、その勢いのままに、新たなバンドを引き連れての8ヶ所14公演(沖縄でのカウントダウン・ライブも含む)の全国アリーナ・ツアーを行なった。

2011年の東日本大震災後は、いち早く復興支援ラジオ番組を立ち上げ、自らの足で被災地をたびたび訪れた。なかでも、航空自衛隊松島基地で敢行した自衛隊員激励ライブは、全国を感動の渦に巻き込んだ。年末には石巻市門脇小の校庭から生中継で「ひとつ」を歌い、シングル・ヒットを記録。これらの経験から生まれた多数の歌を収めたアルバム「Stay Alive」を2012年5月にリリース、それを引っ提げた全国ツアーは、合計36本、のべ25万人動員した。2013年5月22日発売のシングル「未来」は、NHKドラマ「島の先生」の主題歌としても話題になった。また、震災復興支援活動活動から一連のツアーまでを克明に記録した写真集「未来」を発表。6月からは約9年ぶりのファンクラブツアー「Thank You!」を全国13会場で、全編弾き語りという自身の代名詞的なスタイルで敢行した。その模様を収めた映像作品が「Acoustic Live」として12月25日にリリースされた。

2014年6月11日、「KEIRINグランプリ2014岸和田」のイメージソング「走る」をリリース。自身も同開催のPR用テレビCMに出演。7月2日には、4枚組全58曲収録のオールタイム・ベストアルバム『TSUYOSHI NAGABUCHI ALL TIME BEST 2014』を発売し、8月16日から9月20日にかけて、全国ツアー「TSUYOSHI NAGABUCHI ARENA TOUR 2014 ALLTIME BEST」を行う(全国7会場12公演)。また、9月18日には、2015年8月22日「ふもとっぱら」にて行われる「長渕剛10万人オールナイト・ライヴ2015 in 富士山麓」を公式発表。12月5日に、新曲「明日へ続く道」を発表(配信開始)し、大晦日には、3年ぶりに「第65回NHK紅白歌合戦」に出演し新曲を披露した。

2015年3月6日、オールナイトライヴの序章とも言えるホールツアー「長渕剛HALL TOUR 2015 ‘ROAD TO FUJI’」(全国13会場14公演)をスタートし、5月8日のプレミアムライブ、鹿児島アリーナで締めくくった。6月21日には、新曲「富士の国」奉納ライヴを静岡県富士宮市「浅間大社」にて開催し、6月22日、「長渕剛10万人オールナイト・ライヴ2015 in 富士山麓」のテーマ曲とも言えるシングル「富士の国」をリリース。

音楽以外の多方面でも才能を発揮し、俳優としては、TVドラマ「家族ゲーム」「親子ゲーム」「とんぼ」、映画「オルゴール」「英二」他で主演し、その個性的な演技で高い評価を得ている。2010年8月には、約11年ぶりにTBS系ドラマ「歸國」に出演し、話題となった。

さらに芸術分野では、1998年に東京・銀座の「日動画廊」に於いて初の詩画展を開催。2000年の第2回、加えて鹿児島、福岡、とそれぞれ約2万人を動員。2013年にも5年ぶりの詩画展「殺気」を開催。東京、名古屋、大阪、仙台、鹿児島、そして茨城県笠間と、初の全国巡回を行なう。2014年1月には和歌山・和歌の浦アートキュブで「殺気」を開催。2015年2月から3月にかけては、戦後70年・大和ミュージアム開館10周年「長渕剛 詩画展2015 呉・大和ミュージアム」を開催、7月から8月にかけては、瀬戸内市立美術館 開館5周年「長渕剛 詩画展2015」を開催。音楽のみに限らず、芸術、絵画のジャンルでも様々な魅力を発揮する彼の真摯な姿勢が、若者たちを中心に多くの支持を集めている。

Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi made his official debut in 1978 with the single “Junrenka 巡恋歌”. The following year he released his first album “Kaze Wa Minami Kara 風は南から”, and in 1980 his single “Junko 順子” reached #1 on the charts. During the 1980s, he released numerous hit singles, including “Yuji 勇次” (1985), “Rokuna Mon Janee ろくなもんじゃねぇ” (1987), “Kanpai 乾杯” and “Tonbo とんぼ” (1988).

In the 1990s, Nagabuchi is thought to have reached the height of his originality with the release of his albums “JAPAN” (1991) and “Captain of the Ship” (1993). His concert in Tokyo Dome on May 15, 1992 was enormously successful, with an audience of 65,000 people.

With the release of his single “Shiawase Ni Narouyo しあわせになろうよ” in 2003, Nagabuchi exceeded 10 million in the total number of singles sold. As a solo artist, twelve of his original albums have reached the #1 spot on the Oricon Charts, which is also considered a remarkable achievement. He has broken the record for the biggest concert attendance at several venues, including Yokohama Stadium in 2002 and Akarenga Park in 2003. In the summer of 2004, Nagabuchi held an extraordinary all-night concert in Sakurajima at an outdoor venue that was constructed on deserted land, which drew 75,000 fans from all over Japan. This concert is said to have had an economic effect of 5 billion yen, which left an extremely significant impression on not only the music industry, but all of Japan as well. A monument titled “Sakebi No Shouzou 叫びの肖像” was constructed on the site of this outdoor venue, and a project is currently under way to build a park in that location. This was a defining moment that represented the power and possibilities of music in Japan. Similar to the atmosphere of a FIFA World Cup venue, the Japanese flag was raised at the concert venues for the “YAMATO” tour in 2005, which drew a total of 95,000 people. During the arena tour “Come on Stand up!” in 2007, Nagabuchi held 19 concerts at 14 locations nationwide, and performed in front of a total of 150,000 fans. The center stage for this tour was designed like a martial arts ring, with a diameter of 9 meters, and on this he gave an astounding live performance that continued for over 3 and a half hours and had his heart rate up to 180.

In 2009, Nagabuchi transferred to the record company Universal Music. His first single with them was “Sotsugyou 卒業”, which was a collaborative effort with 40 high school students that he met through the NHK program “Kagai Jugyou Youkoso Senpai 課外授業 ようこそ先輩”, and this immediately became popular as the newest graduation song. In July of the same year, he released his second single with Universal Music titled “蝉 semi”, and in August, he announced the release of his long-awaited new album “FRIENDS”, his first album in 2 years and 3 months. During this year, he completed an arena tour of 10 concerts at 6 locations, as well as a hall tour of 20 concerts at 13 locations, and also performed his first countdown live, which wrapped up a dizzyingly eventful first year with Universal Music.

Nagabuchi kept up his momentum the following year (2010), which included the release of his deluxe 30th anniversary box set titled “30th Anniversary BOX from TSUYOSHI NAGABUCHI PREMIUM” in June. Two months later, he announced the urgent release of his single “Oretachi No Nirai Kanai 俺たちのニライカナイ”, a heartfelt dedication to Okinawa which was in the midst of dealing with the U.S. military base controversy at the time. October marked the release of his song “絆 -KIZUNA-”, which was the Japanese theme song for “The Expendables”, a movie written and directed by Sylvester Stallone who also starred in the lead role. Nagabuchi’s interview with Stallone during his visit to Japan became a popular topic of conversation that year. This was followed by the release of another new album “TRY AGAIN”, just a little over a year since the release of his previous album, and Nagabuchi showed no signs of slowing down as he gathered a new band to complete an arena tour of 14 performances at 8 venues nationwide (including a countdown live in Okinawa).

After the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, Nagabuchi immediately set up a radio program to support reconstruction efforts and paid numerous visits to the affected areas. During one of his visits, he held a particularly memorable and moving concert at Matsushima Air Base to send words of encouragement and support to members of the Japan Self-Defense Force. Towards the end of the year, he performed his hit single “Hitotsu ひとつ” during a live broadcast from the schoolyard of Kadonowaki Elementary School in Ishinomaki. Nagabuchi wrote several songs based upon his experiences in the affected areas, and compiled them in an album titled “Stay Alive” which he released in May 2012. He promoted this album in a nationwide tour that consisted of 36 performances and gathered a total of 250,000 fans. On May 22, 2013, he released another hit single “Mirai 未来” which served as the theme song for the NHK drama “Shima No Sensei 島の先生”. In addition, he announced the publication of a photo collection titled “Mirai 未来” which extensively detailed his experiences surrounding the earthquake reconstruction efforts and the live performances that followed. Beginning in June of that year, Nagabuchi went on a fan club concert tour (his first in approximately 9 years) called “Thank You!” and performed at 13 venues nationwide, with all shows exhibiting his signature ‘singing while playing’ style. On December 25, 2013, footage from this tour was released in a video titled “Acoustic Live”.

The following year on June 11, 2014, Nagabuchi released the single “Hashiru 走る” which served as the theme song for the “KEIRIN Grand Prix 2014 Kishiwada”, and he also made an appearance in the PR television commercial for this event. On July 2 he released his greatest hits album as a 4-CD set containing 58 songs, called “TSUYOSHI NAGABUCHI ALL TIME BEST 2014”, and from August 16 through September 20 he went on a nationwide concert tour “TSUYOSHI NAGABUCHI ARENA TOUR 2014 ALL TIME BEST” which comprised of 12 performances at 7 venues. On September 18, he officially announced his plans to execute a performance titled “Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi All-Night Live 2015 in Fujisanroku with 100,000 People (長渕剛10万人オールナイト・ライヴ2015 in 富士山麓)” on August 22, 2015 at ‘Fumotoppara ふもとっぱら’. On December 5 he released a new single “Ashitae Tsuzuku Michi 明日へ続く道”, which he performed on New Year’s Eve during an appearance on “The 65th Annual NHK Kouhaku Utagassen (第65回NHK紅白歌合戦)”, his first appearance in 3 years.

On March 6, 2015, in what could be considered a prelude to his “All-Night Live” scheduled for later that year, Nagabuchi kicked off a hall tour called “Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi HALL TOUR 2015 ‘ROAD TO FUJI’” (14 performances at 13 venues), which wrapped up with a premium live on May 8 at Kagoshima Arena. On June 21, he performed his new song “Fuji No Kuni 富士の国” during a ‘dedication live’ held at Sengen Taisha (浅間大社) in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka. The following day, he released this new song “Fuji No Kuni 富士の国” as a single, and this became the theme song for his upcoming “Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi All-Night Live 2015 in Fujisanroku with 100,000 People (長渕剛10万人オールナイト・ライヴ2015 in 富士山麓)”.

In addition to his success as a musician, Nagabuchi has also displayed his talents in other areas. As an actor, he has received wide acclaim for his performances in TV dramas such as “Kazoku Game 家族ゲーム”, “Oyako Game 親子ゲーム”, and “Tonbo とんぼ”, as well as in movies such as “Orugoru オルゴール” and “Eiji 英二”. In August 2010, for the first time in approximately 11 years, he starred in a TBS drama called “Kikoku 歸國” which generated lots of buzz.

Nagabuchi is also known for his work in the arts, which began in 1998 with his first ‘Shiga 詩画’ exhibition held at the Gallery Nichido (日動画廊) in Ginza, Tokyo. Two years later, he held his second exhibition, which was additionally held in Kagoshima and Fukuoka, and each attracted approximately 20,000 visitors. In 2013, for the first time in 5 years, he held another ‘Shiga 詩画’ exhibition titled “Sakki 殺気”, and this was displayed in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Sendai, Kagoshima, and Kasama (Ibaraki), making this his first nationwide exhibition tour. In January 2014, he again held his “Sakki 殺気” exhibition, this time at Wakanoura Art Cube in Wakayama. From February to March of 2015, he held his “Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi Shiga Exhibition 2015, Kure - Yamato Museum” at the Postwar 70 Years / Yamato Museum 10th Anniversary event. From July to August, he held a similar exhibition titled “Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi Shiga Exhibition 2015” at Setouchi Museum, which was marking its 5th anniversary. It can be said that Nagabuchi’s ongoing popularity and appeal, particularly among the younger generation, stems not only from his talents in music, but also from his sincere interest and creativity in the visual arts.


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