30Apr/1212

Kim Hyun-joong To Release Collaboration Single With B’z On July 4th

Posted on April 30, 2012 by Tobias in News

May 1st's morning papers are reporting a very interesting bit of news: K-Pop singer Kim Hyun-joong is going to collaborate with B'z on his new single "HEAT". Said single is going to be released on July 4th, 2012. Kim Hyun-joong became known as leader of the Korean boyband SS501 and has started a career as a solo artist last year, releasing his debut solo mini album Break Down on June 8, 2011.

As for the song itself, Tak provided the guitar work for the piece and Koshi provided the lyrics for the song. The two can even be heard on the track itself: Tak is supporting on guitar and Koshi is doing the vocals for the chorus!

This news has angered a considerable amount of Japanese B'z fans as they are disappointed by the band. If B'z was collaborate with another band, it should be a high profile one. B'z has played with Aerosmith, Linkin Park and Steve Vai in the past. Now a K-Pop singer? We'll see what else this year has in store for us!

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 5/1:
Apparently I have made a huge mistake here. I didn't think there would be a Kim Hyun-joong and a Kim Hyung Jun in the same boyband. And that there would be a difference. haha I apologize for the confusion this has caused.

18Apr/125

B’z 2012 U.S. & Canada Ticket Sale Dates & Prices Announced!

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Jd- in News

The ticket sale dates and prices for all venues have been announced, along with direct links to access them for when the time comes! Click on the venue of your interest to see further information!

09.17  United States San Francisco, California — The Warfield

09.19  United States Seattle, Washington — The Showbox SODO

09.20  Canada Vancouver, British Columbia — Orpheum Theater

09.26  Canada Toronto, Ontario — Sound Academy

09.28  United States Silver Spring, Maryland — The Fillmore

09.30  United States New York, New York — Best Buy Theater

10.07  United States Los Angeles, California — Gibson Amphitheatre

15Apr/120

Recalling the March 11th Disaster

Posted on April 15, 2012 by Tobias in News

More than a year has passed since a very strong earthquake hit Japan. The resulting Tsunamis that hit the east coast of Japan caused the deaths of more than 10,000 people. But that is not all, the Tsunami that hit the coast of Japan destroyed the cooling systems of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which led to the most disastrous nuclear power incident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The situation has still not been resolved although it's not that often on the news anymore.

B'z has been hard at work, trying to support the efforts to rebuild destroyed homes and provide supplies by donating 50 million yen in March 2011. Furthermore, during their tour in support of their latest album C'mon, fans in attendance were able to buy so-called "charity merchandise items" where 100% of the proceedings would go to charity. The band has announced on April 9, 2012 that they raised about 64,301,000 Yen which will be donated to Save the Children JAPAN as well as ChildFund JAPAN.

The band has also collaborated with Linkin Park on their Music for Relief project and decided to do a charity concert together in LA. Together, they were able to raise $357,000 for the people in Japan.

Check out the video after the break. Mike also explains how he got to know B'z.

13Apr/1212

B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon- DVD & Blu-ray 5/30 Out!!

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Tobias in News

This hasn't been posted on B'z Official Website yet, so this news is currently exclusive to B'z Party members. Good thing that I recently became one. B'z tour in support of their album C'mon entitled B'z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C'mon- will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 30th. Both editions will be priced at 6,300 Yen and will feature no additional content such as backstage footage. Runtime is approx. 150 minutes.

You can find the set list of the concert after the break.

4Apr/123

GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku- Music Video Subtitled

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Tobias in Other

The special 50th B'z single, GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku-, is now out, and what better way to celebrate than to watch the music video complete with English translation!

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Also don't forget to check out this week's entry in our Weekly B'z series featuring "DIVE" and "OCEAN" from 2010's "Ain't No Magic" tour, where we subtitle a new B'z video every Wednesday at 6:00 PM Eastern U.S. time!

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4Apr/121

Into Free -Dangan- Now Available Worldwide, in 51 Countries!

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Jd- in News

New English B'z Song Now Available Worldwide, in 51 Countries!

Into Free -Dangan-

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!

Only $0.69 / ¥250 / £0.59 / 0,69 €!

Into Free -Dangan- is a completely new English version of the 1998 B'z single Samayoeru Aoi Dangan and is set to serve as the global theme to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ''Dragon's Dogma'' when it goes on sale May 22nd in the U.S., May 24th in Japan, and May 25th in Europe!

Also don't forget that B'z has announced they'll be touring both coasts of North America this fall in September and October! For more information, you can see the dates and venues in this article!

3Apr/1219

B’z U.S. & Canada Tour LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- Dates Announced!

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Tobias in News

UPDATE: The official B'z website has been updated with the above table, and we've translated it to English for you. Fall is just around the corner, start making those plans!

The image to the right is an excerpt from a newspaper announcing the release of GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku- as well as... B'z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free-, in North America! B'z is returning to the United States and Canada this September and October, and for the first time, they're not just playing the West Coast!

In other news, the English version of Samayoeru Aoi Dangan, Into Free -Dangan-, will be available worldwide for purchase on iTunes starting April 4th! (UPDATE: It's available right now!)

The tour at a glance:

September 17th, 2012
The Warfield [San Francisco, CA]

September 19th, 2012
The Moore Theater [Seattle, WA]

September 20th, 2012
Orpheum Theatre [Vancouver, BC]

September 26th, 2012
Sound Academy [Toronto, ON]

September 28th, 2012
The Fillmore [Silver Spring, MD]

September 30th, 2012
Best Buy Theater [New York, NY]

October 7th, 2012
Gibson Amphitheatre [Los Angeles, CA]

We'll keep you posted on further tour information and when the tickets go on sale!

3Apr/120

GO FOR IT BABY Release Message

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Tobias in News

Tomorrow marks the official release of B'z 50th single GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku- and as usual, Tak and Koshi have posted messages for their fans online. Tak's message is again very simple.

GO FOR IT!
You have to do it!!

Tak

Although they may be wonderful memories, there are times when you have to overcome them with a "GO FOR IT, BABY" spirit.

Koshi Inaba

I already got my single today and I have to say it is great! It comes with a card that has an ID on it. You'll have to enter it online to enter the drawing to win one of 2000 B'z x Pepsi NEX T-Shirts! Make sure you know somebody with a Japanese address because they only accept Japanese addresses.

Keep on rockin', people!