Yep, the tour kicked off today, and the first concert is already over, and here's the set list for those eager to find out.
SPOILER WARNING: If you plan on attending the LIVE-GYM I suggest you don't read this as it will probably spoil your fun at the concert.
Hey there people, I've read about this on the BNP forums and also on a site affiliated with OTL (http://www.bznobise.eu/). For the French-speaking folks among you this site is probably already known to you.
However, as I've had a lot of chit-chat with Odon Vallon (the webmaster of B'z no bise), I encourage you all to vote for B'z on the French J-Music Awards for making a change even though you're not French.
Can't speak French? Don't fret. Thanks to my wonderful memory of the French I learned back then in high-school I'll explain the voting process in detail for you.
Register for an account so you can vote here: http://www.frenchjmusicawards.com/register.php
The form goes as follows: Username/Nickname, Password, Repeat Password, E-Mail. (The last two are your birthdate and gender, which are optional and only serve their statistics)
Check your E-Mail (perhaps even the spam-folder) for an E-Mail from "French JMA 2009" and click the confirmation link in the E-Mail (which should look like this: http://www.frenchjmusicawards.com/validate.php?email=XXXXX@XXXX&validate=XXXXXX)
Your votes are not valid unless you confirm your registration by clicking on that link!
Log in to your account with the username and password you provided: http://www.frenchjmusicawards.com/vote.php
Voting is possible from January 11th, 2010 12 AM to January 31st, 2010 11:59 PM (GMT+1). The results will be out in early February!
Here are the categories in the voting section from top to bottom:
1) Best women's solo artist single of 2009
2) Best men's solo artist single of 2009
3) Best female or mixed group single of 2009
4) Best "boys band" single of 2009
5) Best male group single of 2009 => B'z - Ichibu to Zenbu/DIVE
6) Best collaboration single of 2009 ( Sorry no Koshi x SLASH there )
7) Best women's solo artist album of 2009
8 ) Best men's solo artist album of 2009
9) Best female or mixed group album of 2009
10) Best male group album of 2009 => B'z - MAGIC
11) Best "Best-of" album of 2009
12) Best Live-DVD of 2009 => B'z LIVE-GYM PLEASURE 2008 -GLORY DAYS-
13) Best choreography of 2009 (name a song that has been released as a single or as part of an album in Japan in 2009)
14) Female or mixed group of 2009 (one Japanese artist per box; mixed group only counts if the main vocalist is female)
15) Male or mixed group of 2009 (Same as 14), just male vocalist)
16) Revelation of 2009
17) Best concert or tour in France in 2009
18) Best CD cover of 2009
19) Japanese artist you want to come to France in 2010 (or something like that? not sure)
Anyway, happy voting!
The latest issue of the Japanese music magazine PLAYER(http://www.player.jp/index.html) features a retrospect on the year 2009, and what readers of the magazine liked the most.
Here's how B'z, Shane Gaalaas and Masuda Takanobu were ranked:
Category "Best Artist": B'z ranked 3rd
Category "Best Live Performance in Japan": B'z ranked 4th
Catagory "Best Vocalist": Koshi Inaba ranked 1st
Category "Best Guitarist": Tak Matsumoto ranked 3rd
Category "Best Drummer": Shane Gaalaas ranked 9th
Category "Miscellaneous Player": Masuda Takanobu ranked 6th