30Nov/080

Arakure and FIREBALL from Hidden Pleasure Typhoon No.20

Posted on November 30, 2008 by Tobias in News

I found these 2 videos on YouTube. Arakure aired on the japanese music channel M-ON! and FIREBALL aired on a channel I don't know as part of the "MEGAHITS REQUEST". There are only 10 days left until the DVD's release, so here's a little incentive to ease the pain.

Arakure (and the motocross show):

FIREBALL:

22Nov/080

Message From Barry Sparks

Posted on November 22, 2008 by Tobias in News

As you all remember, Barry Sparks was accompanying B'z on their LIVE-GYM rampage this year. On November 12th, he updated his website and posted a short text about the experiences he made while touring through Japan with B'z. Here's what he wrote:

Hello there, Thanks for checking out my site. Well, its been a very busy year for me, 9 months in Japan with the band B'Z! We played something like 60 shows all over Japan. The tour started with playing in theatres, then we hit all the arenas to support the album "Action" and then onto "Glory days" stadium tour, their 20th anniversary tour! It was an awesome experience. B'Z are such great musicians and a blast to play with and their music is very challenging so my bass chops were put to the test! I am happy to say they whipped me into shape! The shows were all amazing but I must say to end the tour with two shows at Yokohama stadium playing for 75,000 people (74,999 plus my wife) was a highlight for me. [...]

Source: http://www.barrysparks.com/

22Nov/080

Typhoon No. 20 First Look *update*

Posted on November 22, 2008 by Tobias in News

For those who are still wondering if they should buy B'z LIVE-GYM Hidden Pleasure ~Typhoon No.20~ or not, I put up a translated version of the sneak peek of the aforementioned release. It aired on the show MUSIC STATION as part of the Music Station Topics on November 14th. Thanks go to my colleague Kaitoukidsama over at Kienai-Niji(http://kienai-niji.lulzicon.com/) who got the video for me! Check it out!

Update(11/23/2008):

I happened to find the first commercial somewhere on the net and uploaded it to YouTube. If you want to check it out, click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAWXeOPYdck

16Nov/086

A Quantum of Solace

Posted on November 16, 2008 by Tobias in Personal

Tonight I finally got the chance to see the new Bond movie "A Quantum of Solace". So I paid 9 Euros to get to see a quality movie once in a while. Wait, quality movie? Yeah, I heard about all the critics concerning this movie, but I didn't believe them... until now.

So I went to the cinema, had to watch 30 minutes of crappy ads to finally get to see an even crappier movie. Here's why:

  1. Actual story? None. Throughout the movie, Bond travels from place to place, whereas the audience doesn't even know why. Only thing that happens at the very location: persons die.
  2. This movie is missing the quintessence of a Bond movie: No Q, no real Bond girl, no Bond car
  3. The theme song doesn't fit to the Bond scheme (what the hell guys?)
  4. Too much action (yes there really was too much)
  5. The  ending of the movie isn't a real ending (you're like "what now?")

All in all I'd say it's a blockbuster movie and nothing more, nothing less. You'd watch it once and never again. I, for one, am not going to spend money on the Blu-ray Disk or the DVD.  If you feel like watching it, you should definitely do so, but don't expect too much.

Just my 2 cents.

15Nov/080

B’z Christmas Trees in Shibuya

Posted on November 15, 2008 by Tobias in News

I haven't heard about this before, but it seems that B'z christmas trees are going to be placed in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo from November 29th to December 25th!

After surfing various sites, I have found a few pictures concerning the B'z christmas trees. They're from back in 2005 when Best Pleasure II was released. Feel free to check them out here: http://tokyoyakei.jp/chiristmas05/bz05/chiristmas-bz05.html

I'll let you know when I get my hands on pictures from 2008!

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15Nov/084

Hidden Pleasure ~Typhoon No. 20~ Details

Posted on November 15, 2008 by Tobias in News

Finally, details concerning the new DVD release "B'z LIVE-GYM Hidden Pleasure ~Typhoon No. 20~" have been released. It's going to be a 3 DVD-set, containing 224 minutes of unreleased LIVE-GYM footage. It's not a complete LIVE-GYM in itself, but a compilation of various LIVE-GYM performances, including a few extras such as the opening of the Sprit Loose tour. This DVD-set is going on sale on December 10th at a hefty price of 8190 Yen(tax incl.).

The 3 DVDs contain the following performances:

Disc 1:

  1. FIREBALL (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '97 “FIREBALL”)
  2. Pleasure 2000 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~ (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 “juice”)
  3. Koi-Gokoro(KOI-GOKORO) (B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 “ELEVEN”)
  4. BLOWIN' (B'z LIVE-GYM '94 “THE 9TH BLUES -Part1-”)
  5. BE THERE (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '97 “FIREBALL”)
  6. Nagai Ai (B'z LIVE-GYM '99 “Brotherhood -Extra-”)
  7. Don't Leave Me (B'z LIVE-GYM '94 “THE 9TH BLUES -Part2-”)
  8. Negai (B'z LIVE-GYM '96 “Spirit LOOSE”)
  9. OH! GIRL (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '92 “TIME”)
  10. DEEP KISS (B'z LIVE-GYM '98 “SURVIVE”)
  11. Real Thing Shakes (B'z LIVE-GYM '96 “Spirit LOOSE”)
  12. Konya Tsuki Mieru Oka Ni (B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 “ELEVEN”)
  13. TIME (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '92 “TIME”)
  14. Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni Boku wa Kimi Dake wo Kizutsukenai (B'z LIVE-GYM '93 “RUN”)

Disc 2:

  1. Calling (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '97 “FIREBALL”)
  2. RING (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 “juice”)
  3. MOTEL (B'z LIVE-GYM '94 “THE 9TH BLUES -Part2-”)
  4. GIMME YOUR LOVE ~Fukutsu no LOVE DRIVER~ (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '97 “FIREBALL”)
  5. Swimmer Yo 2001!! (B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 “ELEVEN”)
  6. Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~ (B'z LIVE-GYM '96 “Spirit LOOSE”)
  7. ZERO (B'z LIVE-GYM '93 “RUN”)
  8. Liar! Liar! (B'z LIVE-GYM '98 “SURVIVE”)
  9. juice (B'z LIVE-GYM 2005 “CIRCLE OF ROCK”)
  10. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan (B'z LIVE-GYM '98 “SURVIVE”)
  11. Arakure (B'z LIVE-GYM 2003 “BIG MACHINE”)
  12. ultra soul (B'z LIVE-GYM 2005 “CIRCLE OF ROCK”)
  13. Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite (B'z LIVE-GYM '99 “Brotherhood -Extra-”)
  14. Hadashi no Megami (B'z LIVE-GYM '93 “RUN”)
  15. BANZAI (B'z LIVE-GYM 2005 “CIRCLE OF ROCK”)
  16. RUN (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '97 “FIREBALL”)

Disc 3:

  1. SPIRIT Loose Opening Movie (B'z LIVE-GYM '96 “Spirit LOOSE”)
  2. #1090 Thousand Dreams (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '92 “TIME”)
  3. Hana (B'z LIVE-GYM 2003 “BIG MACHINE”)
  4. Fuusen (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure '97 “FIREBALL”)
  5. Tooku Made (B'z LIVE-GYM '99 “Brotherhood -Extra-”)
  6. Dattara Agechae Yo (B'z SHOWCASE "GO! GO! HEAVEN")
  7. SKIN (B'z LIVE-GYM '99 -Brotherhood- SHOWCASE "B'zepp")
  8. Logic (B'z SHOWCASE "Kobushi wo Nigire")
  9. STAY GREEN ~Mijuku na Tabi wa Tomaranai~ (B'z SHOWCASE "SAPPORO DEVIL")
  10. juice "1 CAM" (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 “juice”)
  11. juice "2 CAM" (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 “juice”)
  12. juice "3 CAM" (B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 “juice”)