The biggest B’z release in their history has just been announced: the mammoth B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX! The release is their most expensive to date with two differing editions priced at 50,000 yen ($445 USD) and 70,000 yen ($623 USD). The latter edition offers access to two special live shows set to take place in December that are detailed below.
Both releases collect all fifty-three singles—from 1988’s “Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite” to “Seimei/Still Alive“—and all of their corresponding B-sides for a total of 117 songs with unique packages throughout for both editions. Additionally, both also come with a set of two DVDs that contain live footage of every single from previous LIVE-GYM concerts—with some never before released prior.
It has also been announced that an all-new song entitled “CHAMP” will be used as the theme to a 7-Eleven Fair commercial beginning July 1. It is expected the song will be tied to the as-yet-untitled 2017 studio album though inclusion on another single is not out of the question.
Black EditionPrice: 50,000 yen / Release Date: August 30, 2017
The “Black Edition” features all fifty-three singles released to date in a vinyl-sized luxurious box and will be available at retail on August 30. The book-style folders contain a set of re-designed golden discs for each individual single and the two bonus DVDs detailed below. A large 100-page lyric book of similar dimensions will be included as well with a litany of high quality photos from the band’s history.
Additionally, most major Japanese retailers are offering specific bonuses on a first-come, first-served basis:
Musing: Tapestry (B2 Size)
Tower Records: Bandana
Yamano Music: Card Holder
HMV: Makeup Mirror
Tsutaya Records: Folding Umbrella
Shinseido: LP-size Tote Bag
Amazon: W-Pocket Clear File (A4 Size)
Rakuten: Clear File (A4 Size)
Other Stores: Post Card Set
Trailer Edition [7-Eleven Exclusive]
Price: 70,000 yen / Made-to-Order, Delivers December 20, 2017
Pre-orders for the 7-Eleven exclusive “Trailer Edition” will be available from July 1 through August 7 with delivery expected to begin as of December 20. The massive package weighs in at 8kg (17 lbs) and must be pre-ordered as each will be made-to-order. The titular trailer contains fifty-three individual premium-packaged hardcase sleeves for each single that has been specially designed for each and is unique from the aforementioned “Black Edition”. Those that reserve will be sent special B’z-branded gifts in October, November, and December as well.
Lastly, a pair of special shows will take place prior to B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 in December: one at Zepp Tokyo on December 5 and another at Zepp Osaka Bayside on December 7. Entrance to the shows will be determined by lottery following reservations of the “Trailer Edition” above at 7-Eleven locations beginning in September. Each show is limited to 2,500 people with each winner receiving a pair of tickets.
B’z LIVE-GYM COLLECTION DVD SetIncluded in Both Editions
In addition to all fifty-three singles on individual CDs, both editions will include a pair of DVDs featuring dedicated live footage of each and every single from past LIVE-GYMs—with some utilizing previously unreleased footage. This includes the proper home video debuts of “May“, “Kimi no Naka de Odoritai“, and “LADY-GO-ROUND“.
|01.||Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’91|
|02.||Kimi no Naka de Odoritai — ★ DEBUT ★||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’91 ★ UNRELEASED ★|
|03.||LADY-GO-ROUND — ★ DEBUT ★||B’z LIVE-GYM -BREAK THROUGH- ★ UNRELEASED ★|
|04.||BE THERE||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’97 -FIREBALL-|
|05.||Taiyou no Komachi Angel||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’91|
|06.||Easy Come, Easy Go!||B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- EXTRA|
|07.||Itoshii Hito yo Good Night…||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’92 -TIME-|
|08.||LADY NAVIGATION||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- (Aizu Fugado)|
|09.||ALONE||B’z LIVE-GYM ’91~’92 -IN THE LIFE-|
|10.||BLOWIN’||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’92 -TIME-|
|11.||ZERO||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’93 -JAP THE RIPPER-|
|12.||Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni…||B’z LIVE-GYM ’93 -RUN-|
|13.||Hadashi no Megami||B’z LIVE-GYM ’93 -RUN-|
|14.||Don’t Leave Me||B’z LIVE-GYM ’94 “THE 9TH BLUES
|15.||MOTEL||B’z LIVE-GYM ’94 “THE 9TH BLUES
|16.||Negai||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’95 -BUZZ!!-|
|17.||love me, I love you||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’95 -BUZZ!!-|
|18.||LOVE PHANTOM||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’95 -BUZZ!!-|
|19.||Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~||B’z LIVE-GYM ’96 -Spirit LOOSE-|
|20.||MOVE||B’z LIVE-GYM ’96 -Spirit LOOSE-|
|21.||Real Thing Shakes||B’z LIVE-GYM ’96 -Spirit LOOSE-|
|22.||FIREBALL||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’97 -FIREBALL-|
|23.||Calling||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’97 -FIREBALL-|
|24.||Liar! Liar!||B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-|
|25.||Samayoeru Aoi Dangan||B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-|
|26.||HOME||B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-|
|27.||girigiri chop||B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-|
|01.||Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni||B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-|
|02.||May — ★ DEBUT ★||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 -juice- ★ UNRELEASED ★|
|03.||juice||B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-|
|04.||RING||B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 -juice-|
|05.||ultra soul||B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-|
|06.||GOLD||B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-|
|07.||Atsuki Kodou no Hate||B’z LIVE-GYM 2002 -GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~-|
|08.||IT’S SHOWTIME!!||B’z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure -IT’S SHOWTIME!!-|
|09.||Yasei no ENERGY||B’z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure -IT’S SHOWTIME!!-|
|10.||BANZAI||B’z LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-|
|11.||ARIGATO||B’z SHOWCASE 2007 -19-|
|12.||Ai no Bakudan||B’z LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-|
|13.||OCEAN||B’z LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-|
|14.||Shoudou||B’z LIVE-GYM 2006 -MONSTER’S GARAGE-|
|15.||Yuruginai Mono Hitotsu||B’z LIVE-GYM 2006 -MONSTER’S GARAGE-|
|16.||SPLASH!||B’z LIVE-GYM 2006 -MONSTER’S GARAGE-|
|17.||Eien no Tsubasa||B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION-|
|18.||SUPER LOVE SONG||B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION-|
|19.||BURN -Fumetsu no Face-||B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION-|
|20.||Ichibu to Zenbu||B’z LIVE-GYM 2010 -Ain’t No Magic-|
|21.||DIVE||B’z LIVE-GYM 2010 -Ain’t No Magic-|
|22.||MY LONELY TOWN||B’z LIVE-GYM 2010 -Ain’t No Magic-|
|23.||Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo||B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon-|
|24.||Don’t Wanna Lie||B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon-|
|25.||GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku-||B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- EXTRA|
|26.||Uchouten||B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-|
|27.||RED||B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-|
The B’z and 7-Eleven promotion reported previously will kick off on July 1 according to a new splash page on the 7-Eleven Japan website. Those interested may gain a chance to win a special B’z-branded towel for every 700 yen spent. The item will be limited to a sparse 2,000 units and will be created by upscale manufacturer Imabari Towels. Imabari have long been celebrated for their strict adherence to quality and their output is already pricey, ensuring the limited B’z-branded ones will be especially expensive on the secondary market.
UPDATE: The promotion extends further, with 7-Eleven being the exclusive retailer of the “Trailer Edition” of B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX which was announced later the same day.
Kudo—formerly a member of large-scale girl group and AKB48 predecessor Onyanko Club in the 1980s—debuted solo in August of 1987 with her single “Kindan no Telepathy”. Thirty years later, she will commemorate the occasion with an all-new original album to which other figures in the Japanese music industry will contribute. Amongst those collaborators joining Tak for the August 30, 2017 album will also be Koji Tamaki of Anzen Chitai fame with more to be announced in the coming months.
This is far from the first time Tak has penned new music to be used by other artists. Outside of his collaborations with Koshi, such as when the two wrote “HEAT” for Korean artist Kim Hyun Joong in the summer of 2012, Tak was responsible for the music to noted KAT-TUN single “Real Face” in 2006. The single was the group’s first and went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies, remaining their biggest-selling release to date.
The subject of B’z contributing songs to other artists will be covered at length in a new featured article on July 2.
Next Countdown Ends Today, Rumors, and “Seimei/Still Alive” Out Digitally;
Support Members Announced for Upcoming Tours
The latest countdown on the official B’z website will end later today and may be related to the oft-rumored 7-Eleven tie-in previously reported here. Similarly unverified rumors suggest a massive complete singles boxset is on the horizon and may be the costliest item B’z has ever released.
Next, on July 5, recent number-one single “Seimei/Still Alive” will be released on various digital platforms including the Japanese iTunes store, RecoChoku, mora, and music.jp. The single will see its live debut next month when the band hits the road on July 13 in Kumamoto for B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-.
The support members for the band’s 2017-2018 tours have also been announced, with the familiar line-up assembled in 2011 all returning:
Drums: Shane Gaalaas
Bass: Barry Sparks
Backing Guitar: Ohga Yoshinobu
Keyboards: Takanobu Masuda
Last week, leaks originating on various Japanese message boards indicated B’z may soon be involved in a promotion with convenience store chain 7-Eleven in Japan. Those that have visited Japan have seen how ubiquitous the brand is in the country—in fact, there are more 7-Eleven stores in Japan than anywhere else, responsible for housing over 30% of their locations. Exact details of the promotion are yet to be confirmed, with one unverified post suggesting it could amount to a special live concert for select winners.
Today, apparent confirmation of some cross promotion came with the uncovering of a form on the 7-Eleven Japan website. For every 700 yen spent, there is a chance to receive a lottery ticket for at least a B’z-themed towel and possibly other unannounced prizes. There should be more news announced later this week.
B’z Set for Induction to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Landmark Institution Expanding to Tokyo This Fall
As was just announced on their official Facebook page with a feature in the Wall Street Journal, the world-renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be expanding to Tokyo this September. Already inductees in Hollywood’s RockWalk as its first ever Asian artists, B’z should be within the initial contenders after balloting begins—if not the outright favorites—once local artists are taken into account. The expansion will begin with a local exhibit established to showcase memorabilia from existing inductees such as Deep Purple and The Beatles.
As quoted in our article on the history between B’z and American rock legends Aerosmith—themselves inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2001—this is not the first time a similar sentiment has been put forth. Writing in 2002, David Higashi of Eye-ai Magazine suggested such recognition would be inevitable:
“Here is a hypothetical question for all J-Pop fans out there: If the Japanese recording industry were to establish a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow, which artist would be most deserving to be the inaugural member? Of course, the question barely needs to be asked, since there is really only one answer, and that answer is B’z. It is no understatement to say that B’z is to J-Pop what Michael Jordan was to basketball (only without the constant barrage of retirements and returns).”