The first episode to NHK's new drama「Dark Suit」just ended, with B'z new song playing at the very end! Check it out below! In my opinion, this sounds more like a B-side song to me. The real single has yet to reveal itself! Stay tuned!
The wait is finally over! Well, to an extent, at least. The band has just announced that their new song「Exit To The Sun」will be featured as the theme song to the upcoming NHK Drama「Dark Suit」starring Takumi Saito. The drama is set to air on November 22nd at 9PM, which is next week on Saturday!
A release date for「Exit To The Sun」has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more information!
Tak Matsumoto is providing the guitar solo part for the theme song to the upcoming Taiwanese movie "Second Chance", set to come into theatres on November 7th in Taiwan. The theme song is called "9 Ball" and is composed and written by Taiwanese band MayDay's guitarist. Lyrics have also been changed to fit the theme of the movie. MayDay's guitarist MONSTER, who is a big fan of Tak Matsumoto, went to Japan and invited Tak to play the solo for the theme song. The music video to the theme song can be seen below!
Visual Kei band X JAPAN has recently performed at the Madison Square Garden in New York, and Tak Matsumoto attended the show, taking a seat in the VIP section of the venue along with GLAY's Takuro. A picture surfaced on Twitter showing Tak Matsumoto and Yoshiki doing the X pose.
The first bits of information from the latest Be With! issue are already coming through on the internet, with the first part of the LIVE-GYM 2015 dates being the first! The hall part of the tour starts on March 11th, 2015 and runs through May 24th, 2015. Ticket per-orders will be available for B'z fanclub members from December. Dates for the dome part of the tour will be announced soon.
B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 Part 1
March 11th — Harmonie Cinq Kitakyushu Soleil Hall (Fukuoka)
March 13th — Iki Bunka Hall (Nagasaki)
March 21st — Sundome Fukui
March 22nd — Sundome Fukui
March 28th — Miyagi Sekisuiheim Super Arena
March 29th — Miyagi Sekisuiheim Super Arena
April 2nd — Yokohama Arena
April 4th — Yokohama Arena
April 5th — Yokohama Arena
April 11th — Shizuoka Ecopa Arena
Apill 12th — Shizuoka Ecopa Arena
April 17th — Hiroshima Green Arena
April 18th — Hiroshima Green Arena
April 22nd — Asty Tokushima
April 23rd — Asty Tokushima
April 28th — Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center
April 29th — Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center
May 2nd — Kushiro Cultural City Hall Big Hall (Hokkaido)
May 4th — Obihiro Cultural City Hall Big Hall (Hokkaido)
May 6th — Iwamizawa Cultural City Hall Big Hall (Hokkaido)
May 9th — Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
May 10th — Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
May 14th — Kochi Prefectural Culture Hall Orange Hall
May 16th — Horuto Hall Oita
May 19th — Amami Bunka Center (Kagoshima)
May 23rd — Okinawa Convention Center
May 24th — Okinawa Convention Center
B'z official fanclub B'z PARTY has just informed its members that the latest Be With! issue has been mailed out and should be arriving in everyone's mailboxes shortly. Furthermore, a survey is conducted on the B'z PARTY website as LIVE-GYM plans are underway. Fans are asked which song they haven't heard live yet but would like to hear at an upcoming LIVE-GYM. In addition to that, fans are asked which song(s) they'd like to hear as an opening song or during the encore, or what song they'd like to listen to with their boyfriend/girlfriend, family, etc.
We'll bring you the latest information from Be With! #103 as soon as we get our hands on it.
While we're still waiting for some news from B'z, Vermillion has announced that Tak Matsumoto will be guest on bayfm's 25th anniversary special program. On the show called "POWER OF RADIO SPIRITS", Tak Matsumoto will have a talk with music critic Masa Ito. The show is broadcasted live on bayfm on September 30th from 9PM to 10PM Japanese Standard Time. The contents of the talk have not been revealed. They just call it a "special talk".
Koshi Inaba has just released his latest digital exclusive solo single「Saturday」. The song is not new per se, but has been played during Koshi's solo tour「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~」as fans were exiting the venue. It's the Ending SE to the show. A music video has also been released which features select scenes from Koshi's live performance at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball. The single can be bought at iTunes Japan for 250 Yen.
Koshi's solo tour has ended and yet he keeps releasing new songs. Today, it has been announced that Koshi Inaba will release his new digital single next week, on July 30th, 2014 at midnight. More information on the new song as well as a possible music video will be posted on Koshi's website when the song has been released.
The latest issue of the B'z fanclub magazine Be With! has been mailed out to fanclub members this week and some have received it already. According to the interview contained in the magazine, B'z will resume work in the middle of August. Furthermore, Shane Gaalaas also seems to be back at work. Maybe he's cooking up some cool drum tracks for future B'z songs?
We have also been on hiatus, but will soon resume our work on interview translations and the like. And, of course, we'll bring you the latest interview as soon as possible.