The band has today announced that 15,900,000 Yen have been collected by selling charity bracelets during last year's 25th anniversary tour B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-. The proceeds will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN JAPAN, an organization which helps children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The band will continue to support children in need who have been affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
After a two year hiatus, the World Music Awards make a comeback and will be held at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on December 20th. B'z has been nominated for World's Best Live Act and World's Best Group, and you have a chance to help B'z win the award. All you have to do is go to the respective pages, namely Nomation for World's Best Live Act and Nomination for World's Best Group and vote for B'z.
The band has been nominated for the World Music Awards in the past and won the award for "World's Best Selling Japanese Artist of the Year" in 1999. Unfortunately, they were not able to attend the show to receive the award in person. Instead, they recorded a video message to be shown on the show. You can check it out below.
B'z and Aerosmith have heated up about 34,000 rock fans at the QVC Marine Field last night at the two band's special event called AEROSONIC. B'z kicked off the event by rocking the stage first. The band performed 16 songs with fan favorites such as ultra soul, ZERO and Ichibu to Zenbu among them. After a while, the "main act"—this show was part of their Japan tour—went on stage: Aerosmith! Aerosmith performed 17 songs in total, one of which, Mama Kin, was performed with B'z as guest on stage!
It seems that security was not so tight at the event. Therefore a few people were able to film some performances, such as the one where Aerosmith and B'z perform together. Below you will find the video to said performance. You will notice how Steven Tyler confuses Tak's and Koshi's names, calling Koshi "Tak" and the other way around. Other than that, the performance is very hype, indeed. I highly recommend you watch it yourself, though!
The massive gig with B'z and Aerosmith is just around the corner and so the official merchandise has been posted on B'z official website. The merchandise posted there is just the B'z side of the available merchandise. You will be able to buy merchandise although you do not have a ticket. Unfortunately the only type of credit card they accept is B'z Party's Vermillion Card, so you will have to resort to paying in cash if you are looking to buy one of the items shown below.
Two special issues of the Music Freak magazine are going to be available for sale at LIVE-GYM venues during the band's B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- 25th anniversary tour. The two issues will be a compilation of the past featurings of the band in the Music Freak as well as Music Freak Es magazines. The first issue will be called 「music freak magazine & Es Flash Back B'z XXV Memories I」and will feature snippets from 1995 to 2003 for a total of 294 pages. The second issue is called 「music freak magazine & Es Flash Back B'z XXV Memories II」and will feature snippets from 2003 to 2012 for a total of 268 pages.
Both issues will go on sale at the same time and will cost 2,800 yen each. Where the magazines will be sold at the venue, will be announced on the official website on the day of the show.
B'z have announced that they are going to perform live on stage with Aerosmith on August 8th, 2013 in Tokyo. The event is called Aerosonic and will be held at the famous QVC Marine Field, which is located within the Stadium of the Chiba Lotte Marines, a Japanese baseball team. Tickets are going to be on sale June 9th. Fanclub tickets are also said to be available through B'z PARTY.
This is not the first time for B'z to team up with Aerosmith. 11 years ago, during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Aerosmith was joined by B'z on stage to jam out to Train Kept A Rollin'. Check it out here if you missed it!
B'z & Aerosmith live! 「Aerosonic」
Date: August 8th, 2013
Ticket price: 15,000 Yen (Arena standing & S seat); 12,000 Yen (A seat)
There have been rumors about a possible tie-in for one of the new songs on the B'z The Best XXV releases, but now it is official: Kakushin has been selected to be the theme song for the upcoming Nippon Television drama "Kumo no Kaidan". The series is set to air on April 17th, which will also be the first chance to hear a portion of Kakushin. Tak and Koshi have shared their thoughts on the song as well.
I had a look at the script before starting work on the song and had a lot of fun working on it from the melody to the arrangement. I really can't wait for it to be aired. I will be glad if you enjoy this song along with the drama.
I have read Jun'ichi Watanabe's original novels and have also taken into account the drama's theme and script when I wrote the lyrics and melody for the song. We really like the song we have produced. Please enjoy it along with the drama.
After a short hiatus, we are now able to bring you the latest B'z interview to date! The interview was conducted right after their Pepsi PREMIUM LIVE in August last year. This issue covers a lot of behind the scenes information on the band's debut English album, the involvement of drummer Shane Gaalaas in its production, and the band's latest plans for their then-upcoming tour, B'z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free-.
You can find the interview in our B'z wiki: http://bzwiki.offthelock.com/Be_With!_Vol._95_(September_2012)
The next issue, Be With! Vol. 96, is expected to ship in the upcoming weeks. The interview will most likely feature Tak and Koshi's impressions of their North American tour. Look forward to it!
Don't forget to stay hype.
Just in time for the new year, I have received the new B'z calendar 2013 from B'z Party! As with previous editions of the calendar, there are two versions of it: a monthly one and a weekly one. The monthly one is the larger version which is hung on a wall. I ordered the monthly version just like the past years. But this time, they spiced up the calendar! Compared to the previous edition, the 2013 is much larger in size. Unfortunately, that means it won't fit into my scanner anymore and thus have to resort to taking pictures of it.
The pictures for the 2013 calendar were shot in California during their 2012 North American tour. Also, for the first time, Shane and Barry have joined Tak and Koshi for the photoshoot. The four are on just one picture, though. Look forward to seeing it! I won't tell you which month.
You can now take a look at the picture for January. We are starting out with a very cool picture! Enjoy!
Before B'z appeared on stage, a segment was shown in which the band's history of SUPER LIVE performances was detailed. B'z appeared on the first ever Music Station SUPER LIVE in 1992, during their 5th anniversary. They performed their million selling hit "ZERO" on stage. From there on out, the band can look back on countless Music Station SUPER LIVE performances:
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 1992 – ZERO
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 1996 – SNOW / Shoushin
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 1997 – Swimmer Yo! / Calling
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2000 – Seventh Heaven / Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2001 – GOLD / ultra soul
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2002 – Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta / Atsuki Kodou no Hate
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2003 – IT'S SHOWTIME!!
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2004 – ARIGATO
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2005 – Itsuka no Merry Christmas / OCEAN
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2006 – Shoudou
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2007 – SUPER LOVE SONG
- Music Station SUPER LIVE 2012 – Ichibu to Zenbu / Ai no Bakudan
Since 2007, B'z have not been present on television as they used to. In 2008, the band was busy celebrating their 20th anniversary and the only time they appeared on television was during the 20th anniversary NHK special. The following year, in 2009, the band didn't perform on television at all, except for a short comment recorded for their then latest single Ichibu to Zenbu. The last time B'z performed on television was last year, on April 1st, when they performed Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo and Brotherhood on a Music Station special. For the first time in 5 years, B'z is making an appearance on a Music Station SUPER LIVE.