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LIVE DINOSAUR Blu-ray & DVD Commercial On-Air! [UPDATE]

Posted on June 24, 2018
News

The first promotional material for B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” on Blu-ray & DVD has just been aired on Japanese television. As shown above, the commercial utilizes the audio from “Akai Kawa” in its debut appearance on home video.

As previously reported, both the two-disc DVD and single disc Blu-ray packages will be available on July 4, 2018, for a price of 6,800 Yen ($61.28 USD) with 21 songs performed in all—thirteen of which are making their home video debuts!

UPDATE: A second commercial is now airing with glimpses at even more songs and footage.

Pre-order DVD Edition: CDJapan / Amazon.co.jp

Pre-order Blu-ray Edition: CDJapan / Amazon.co.jp

B’z SHOWCASE 2018 -The Wall Of Rock- Scheduled for July 2, 2018!

Posted on June 24, 2018
News

It has just been announced that B’z SHOWCASE 2018 -The Wall Of Rock- will serve as the warmup to the upcoming thirtieth anniversary tour! The show will take place on the island of Ishigaki at Ishigaki City Hall and, as is typically the case with SHOWCASE events, is an area not frequented by the band given its population of less than 50,000 people. As is the stated mission of a SHOWCASE, the show scheduled for July 2 will be both a warmup and a means of playing for fans that otherwise don’t have ready access to B’z shows.

B’z will embark on B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- five days later on July 7 at the Okinawa Convention Center and run through September 21 and 22 at Ajinomoto Stadium. A home video release should reasonably follow in January or February of 2019.

First Preview of New Song “HINOTORI” & Exhibition Thank You!

Posted on June 17, 2018
News

B’z have just posted a video entitled “Thank you all for coming to B’z 30th Year Exhibition” which features a preview of new song “HINOTORI”! The song, whose title serves as the basis to B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI-, is being unveiled in the video for the first time.

As part of the exhibit dubbed “SCENES”, preliminary lyrics and the first sheet of music were on display. In the audio guided tour, the band revealed the song is actually a sequel to 1995 single “LOVE PHANTOM“—thus explaining it being referred to as the song’s second opus on the sheet of music in Tak’s handwriting. The opening in the video when played backwards should sound appropriately familiar as a result. Too, the font used in the tour logo should appear similar when compared to the original single’s cover. Lastly, in the audio guide, it was mentioned that the song will be framed from the original female character’s point of view.

The committee in charge of the exhibition also posted on the official website a statement as part of the exhibition’s closing, which ended by concluding that while “SCENES” as an event has ended:

“Of course, this is not the end. B’z will continue into the future, in search of new scenery no one has yet seen.”

B’z will embark on their thirtieth anniversary tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- on July 7 at the Okinawa Convention Center and run through September 21 and 22 at Ajinomoto Stadium. A home video release should reasonably follow in January or February of 2019.

Ranking Every B’z Song’s Chances for Pleasure 2018

Posted on May 30, 2018
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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- will serve to commemorate the band’s thirtieth anniversary on the music scene and will culminate with a pair of performances to mark the exact date, on September 21 and 22. This is their tenth Pleasure outing in all—a moniker given to non-album tours that essentially serve the purpose of playing their best output without regard for a single era or recent release.

As part of a series of articles discussing the band’s catalogue to date, we are looking at which signature tracks we expect to hear on the live stage this year as well as those we think are probably not going to make an appearance. Additionally, we’ve taken guesses as to which lesser-heard songs may or may not make their way onto the setlist as well. Several different factors were weighed in judging each song’s chances, including how recently they’ve been performed, how recently they’ve made their way to home video, and the general unlikelihood certain songs would appear.

Naturally, this list is ultimately all conjecture. B’z always pack surprises into their setlists and we expect this year will be no different. Be sure to read beyond the break to see our Pleasure 2018 rankings for every song in the B’z catalogue!

Almost A Lock

100%HINOTORI New Song
99%Pleasure 2018 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~
99%Ai no Bakudan
99%BAD COMMUNICATION
99%girigiri chop
99%Ichibu to Zenbu
99%juice
99%Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)
99%LOVE PHANTOM
99%RUN
99%ultra soul
99%ZERO

Looking Good

90% RED
90%BLOWIN’
85%Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni Boku wa Kimi…
85%Easy Come, Easy Go!
85%OH! GIRL
80%Brotherhood
80%Hadashi no Megami
80%Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
80%Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta
80%NATIVE DANCE
80%Negai
80%OCEAN
80%Taiyou no Komachi Angel
80%TIME

In Contention

70%HEAT
70%Koubou
70%Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~
65%ARIGATO
65%HOME
65%Koi Jyanakunaru Hi
65%STARDUST TRAIN
60%Crazy Rendezvous
60%Eien no Tsubasa
60%Wonderful Opportunity
55%CHAMP
55%Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite
55%Shoushin
55%Still Alive

Plausible Inclusions

50%Don’t Wanna Lie
45%Calling
45%Seimei
45%Uchouten
45%Yasei no ENERGY
40%ALONE
40%love me, I love you
40%New Message
40%SPLASH!
40%VAMPIRE WOMAN
40%YOU & I

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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- Tour Logo Unveiled

Posted on May 29, 2018
News

B’z have just released the logo proper for the upcoming thirtieth anniversary tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI-. As expected due to its translation of “Phoenix”, the motif of the song is present in the image that will form the tone of the show and its tour goods which will be unveiled within the week prior to the first show. The tour begins on July 7 at the Okinawa Convention Center and runs through September 21 and 22 at Ajinomoto Stadium. A home video release should reasonably follow in January or February of 2019.

B’z Double Feature Screening in Japanese Theaters This Summer

Posted on May 24, 2018
News

As part of the band’s 30th anniversary exhibition, “SCENES“, fans were given the opportunity to attend screenings of two presentations: B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Home Town- and Behind the Scene: The 29th Year. The former tracks Tak and Koshi as they perform in both of their hometowns as part of B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-. The latter recounts the recording of DINOSAUR and acts as a backstage pass to their time during B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”.

Each feature was set to be available only as part of the exhibit but due to its pre-sale tickets for screenings selling out long before it opened, the band has decided to do a double feature in Japanese theaters, nationwide, from June 15 to September 22. Participating theaters and screening dates can be viewed on the official website.

Though no announcement has yet been made, we expect a home video release that likely will combine the two and possibly arrive in November or December. Upcoming 30th anniversary tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- should likewise receive a home release in January or February of 2019. Naturally, it is possible all three could be collected into a single package around the same time instead.