Duo B'z enters L.A. Rockwalk

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) The two-man pop group B’z became the first Asian band Monday to be inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk of Fame.

At the induction ceremony at the Guitar Center in Los Angeles, guitarist Takahiro “Tak” Matsumoto and vocalist Koshi Inaba left their handprints on blocks of wet cement to be put on display.

Speaking to more than 100 fans at the ceremony, Matsumoto said he had never imagined he would receive such an honor when the two decided to form the group. Inaba said he has only the fans to thank.

Since the group’s debut in September 1988, it has sold more than 75 million albums in Japan.

The popularity of B’z grew after after it released the singles “Be There” and “Taiyo no Komachi Angel” in 1990.