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New B’z Countdown Set to Upcoming Tuesday

Posted on April 22, 2017 by Tobias in B'z News

Two weeks following the initial reveal of B'z making an appearance at the RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 for the first time, the second countdown has finally been given an exact date to count down to: April 25th, 2017 at noon. The date seems to coincide with the announcement of the first wave of artists performing at the WILD BUNCH FEST 2017. WILD BUNCH FEST takes place on August 19 and 20 at the Yamaguchi Kirara Memorial Park — one week after their appearance at the RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017.

Two further random countdowns have been added to the website's splash page, teasing two upcoming announcements.

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“Club-Gym” Website Information Revealed

Posted on April 7, 2017 by Tobias in B'z News

Just this moment, more information on the alleged "CLUB-GYM" was released. It is, in fact, not a tour of some sort, but rather a website, which dedicates itself to bring information to people who would like to know more about B'z, or haven't been able to go to a show because tickets were sold out.

This includes information such as where and how to obtain tickets as well as information on upcoming performances, releases and live tours. The website will provide an e-mail newsletter containing said information.

The start date of the "Club-Gym" website is to be announced soon.

The "Club-Gym" is different from the official fanclub B'z PARTY, which is meant for people who want to support B'z. Perks such as fanclub-exclusive events, ticket lotteries and a chance to meet&greet with the band are exclusive to members of B'z PARTY.

Source: http://bz-party.com/clubgym/information

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B’z to Appear at RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 in EZO

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Tobias in B'z News

It has just been revealed that B'z will appear at the RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 to be held in Hokkaido at a special outdoor site of the Tarukawa Wharf in Otaru city near Sapporo. The festival is to be held on August 11th and August 12th, 2017. The day B'z is going to be performing will be announced in the near future.

Fans have expected more of the first announcement, but it clearly shows that B'z is gearing up for a couple of live shows this year! As for the CLUB-GYM, dates are probably going to be announced with the B'z PARTY website renewal, which has now been pushed back. The renewed website is now set to go live sometime between mid and end of April. Further information is expected to come with the new Be With! issue coming in the next weeks.

B’z Activity Launch Countdown Started

Posted on April 4, 2017 by Tobias in B'z News

Just this Monday at noon, officials over at Vermillion Records have updated B'z Official Website to show a countdown instead of the previous "introduction movie". The countdown is set to reach ZERO this Wednesday, April 5th at noon in Japan. At the same time, further information on upcoming B'z activities should be revealed. Most notably, more light could be shed on the upcoming CLUB-GYM that has been hinted at on the fanclub website B'z PARTY for some time now. The renewed B'z PARTY website is also expected to go live at the same time.

As for information on upcoming singles or a possible album, fans have been speculating if the "01" at the top of the countdown has any meaning as to whether this is the first of several announcements to come. Check back here on Wednesday to not miss a single bit of news on upcoming B'z activities!

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B’z Official Website Renewal & CLUB-GYM Hints

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Tobias in B'z News


In anticipation of upcoming B'z activities, B'z Official Website's design has received an overhaul and now features a more modern design language. It is now much easier to view the website on smartphones as well!

The "TOUR/TICKET" link on the renewed website reveals something interesting: It points to "bz-party.com/clubgym/", which presents a "COMING SOON!!" page. This could mean that B'z will announce a CLUB-GYM soon. The last time B'z conducted a CLUB-GYM tour was in 1989, dubbed "BAD-CLUB-GYM". However, this time, the tour may actually be a fanclub member exclusive tour. More details will probably be revealed once the renewed B'z PARTY website has gone live.

“Electric Island, Acoustic Sea” Hawaii Show on WOWOW

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News

Tak Matsumoto's and Daniel Ho's collaborative tour "Electric Island, Acoustic Sea" is drawing to a close this Sunday, March 19th, at the Blue Note Hawaii. The WOWOW Prime program guide for April has revealed, that the very same channel will — just like INABA/SALAS' tour — broadcast a show from Tak Matsumoto's and Daniel Ho's tour. The show to be broadcast is the tour finale at the Blue Note Hawaii.

The show will be broadcast on WOWOW Prime on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 9:30 PM.

Source: WOWOW Program Guide

“CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017” Zepp Tokyo Show on WOWOW

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


The program guide for WOWOW's WOWOW Prime channel shows that the Zepp Tokyo show of INABA/SALAS' tour "CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017" is going to be broadcast on WOWOW Prime on March 25th from 8PM to 10PM. It'll likely include the full show as the program runs for two hours.

The duo will wrap up their tour tomorrow, Feburary 20th, at the Diamond Hall in Nagoya.

Source: WOWOW Program Guide

Electric Island, Acoustic Sea Out Now & On iTunes Worldwide!

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News, Translations

Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho's joint album Electric Island, Acoustic Sea was released in Japan today, and is available worldwide on iTunes as well! The album retails for $11.99 for the entire 12-track album, or $1.29 per track. The release is available on all iTunes storefronts internationally with similar pricing.

For those that missed them, the duo also released additional short music videos for "Island of peace" and "Sunny Tuesday":

Additionally, we have translated Tak's release message commemorating the occasion:

The pair will go on tour for Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Live! 2017 -Electric Island, Acoustic Sea- on February 25 in Tokyo and will play their final show a month later on March 19 in Hawaii.

INABA/SALAS’s CHUBBY GROOVE Now On iTunes Worldwide!

Posted on February 3, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


For those that prefer their music digitally or simply missed the physical release in Japan, INABA/SALAS's CHUBBY GROOVE is now available worldwide on iTunes! The U.S. edition is $1.29 per track or $15.48 for the entire album though the album should be purchasable in any country. The duo are currently in the midst of their joint live outing CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 which concludes later this month on February 20.

INABA/SALAS Kick Off “CHUBBY GROOVE” Tour in Nagoya

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas have kicked off their tour "CHUBBY GROOVE Tour 2017" in support of their recently released collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE on January 25. The set list constists of seventeen tracks, with "SAYONARA RIVER" being the opener to the show. All tracks off the CHUBBY GROOVE record have been performed live, in addition to Koshi Inaba solo tracks "My Mirai", "Hazumu Sekai" and "Shoumen Shoutotsu".

Furthermore, the band has covered Davied Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" live on stage as well as performed a cover of The Clash's "Police on My Back", which is found on Stevie Salas' cover album JAM POWER released in 2010.

To date, the band has also done two shows in Osaka at the Zepp Namba with the same set list. Their next show is on January 30th at the Zepp Sapporo in Sapporo.

Check out the full set list and additional information on the tour on the B'z Wiki!