The thirtieth anniversary tour, B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018, finally has a title: HINOTORI. Translating to “Phoenix”, this is the first time in which a mainline B’z tour has included a Japanese word in its title. Given the precedent in both 2008 and 2013, one could reasonably expect a new song entitled “HINOTORI” to be included during the shows.
The tour’s proper logo has not yet been unveiled but should follow in the months ahead, along with information on the band’s thirtieth anniversary releases. B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- 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 2018.
Tak Matsumoto Gibson Les Paul Reissue Inbound
As hypothesized previously, it has today been announced that the Gibson Custom Tak Matsumoto Les Paul Standard Canary Yellow 2018 is being released as part of the thirty B’z 30th Year promotions. The guitar is a reissue of his very first produced by the prestigious Gibson Custom Shop from 1999, which at the time made him the first artist from Asia to be bestowed a signature instrument from the company. Both Custom Shop and Gibson USA versions of the original guitar were produced but were in time supplanted by the “Tak Burst” finish of the same guitar. More recently, Tak has been seen with a large number of Double Cutaway signatures that have seen both private and public varieties prepared.
The 2018 revision will feature the same neck profile as the 2016 True Historic 1959 Tak Matsumoto replica as well as a pair of Gibson Custom Bucker pickups, both styled with zebra bobbins. The original guitar featured a combination of Gibson Burstbucker 2 & 3 pickups, which has been used in numerous Tak signatures in recent years. As with most others produced for him, the guitar features black binding and a rosewood fretboard.
With regard to the reissue, Tak commented:
“Almost twenty years later, the Canary Yellow appears again. I used a prototype during the “LIVE DINOSAUR” tour, which this time features a lightweight chambered body and a tight neck. It can cope with a wide variety of sounds, from the heaviest to cleanest of tones. I am very pleased to have my first signature model reissued in commemoration of the B’z 30th Anniversary Exhibition.”
The limited run guitar—with only 150 to be made—is set for release in June 2018 at a premium price of 678,000¥ ($6,360 USD) not including tax. Additionally, an autographed version will be available to purchase as part of a lottery program at the upcoming SCENES exhibition.
Hohner Koshi Inaba Signature Harmonica Reissued for 30th Anniversary
Those that missed the B’z PARTY fanclub-exclusive Koshi Inaba harmonica will have a second chance, as a B’z 30th Year-labeled version will also be made available.
In commemoration of B’z 30th anniversary, it has been announced that all twenty original studio albums will be available on analog vinyl LPs for a limited print run. For the duration of the exhibition, they will be sold exclusively at the venue where B’z 30th anniversary exhibition “SCENES” is held. The FAQ reveals that select merchandise / items may also be available for purchase on-line or through other channels once the exhibition wraps up on June 15. Furthermore, a valid ticket is not required to enter the shop and buy the merchandise.
Each of the albums features an LP-size sleeve with their original album cover on it. Each album will cost 5,000 Yen — with the exception of The 7th Blues, which will cost 8,000 Yen. As a special present for purchasing one copy, one receives a “clear file holder” with the cover of the corresponding album that was purchased printed on it. Additionally, one receives a special voucher per purchase. Once five vouchers have been collected, it is possible to receive a special B’z-themed LP storage cardboard box, which can fit up to 13 LPs depending on the thickness of their package.
For more information check out the post on B’z Official Website.
B’z 30th anniversary exhibition “SCENES” is scheduled to run from April 1, 2018 to June 15, 2018.
Japanese pay-TV channel WOWOW is going to air a series of B’z specials starting from April 12, 2018 to commemorate the band’s 30th anniversary. The first in the series to air on April 12 will feature the band’s history from their debut in 1988 to the year just before their 15th anniversary — 2002. In addition, they will present live footage of all the singles released within that time frame. Furthermore, the program will provide an early look at the upcoming 30th anniversary exhibition titled “SCENES”. Further special programs will be announced on the channel’s dedicated WOWOW x B’z webpage.
WOWOW has previously aired a special program commemorating their 25th anniversary titled “ONLY TWO” in 2012.
It has been revealed that Tak Matsumoto will be headlining a new themed collaboration album titled SUPER GUITAR DISNEY. The release will feature guitar heavyweights from all eras, including Paul Gilbert, Zakk Wylde, Richie Kotzen, and Jeff Watson. All will be covering seminal Disney theme songs in their own style, with Tak himself tackling “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio.
This is hardly the first time Tak has set out to cover film themes. In 2004, he collaborated with other guitarists—including frequent B’z support member Yoshinobu Ohga—for the film-centric Theatre Of Strings. For the album, Tak performed on “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, “The Godfather (Waltz~Love Theme)”, and the “Enter the Dragon Theme” before the album culminates in all four featured guitarists playing on an original composition titled “The Magnificent Four”. Notably, Ohga also provided his own rendition of “When You Wish Upon A Star”.
The Disney-themed guitar album will be released next month on April 25.
Racing video game Burnout Paradise by Electronic Arts will soon be re-released in remastered form for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The original version of the game, released ten years ago in January 2008, featured a celebrated soundtrack that included “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses as its opening theme. Portions of the soundtrack for the original release were sourced from an earlier game in the series titled Burnout Dominator for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable in March 2007. Both games and the latest version feature an original English song by B’z entitled “FRICTION” which was written specifically for the 2007 edition.
Notably, “FRICTION” became one of the relatively few B’z songs available on international iTunes store fronts though it has since been delisted. It was also later utilized as a second B-side for the fall 2007 single “SUPER LOVE SONG“. A revised version would be featured on the 2007 album ACTION.
Burnout Paradise Remastered will be available worldwide March 16, 2018 for $39.99.