B'z has today announced their first B'z in Your Town SHOWCASE in eight years. Their last one dates back to 2009, in which they performed at eight venues as part of "B'z SHOWCASE 2009 -B'z In Your Town-". The -B'z In Your Town- SHOWCASE is not meant as a warmup gig for an upcoming tour, but is rather meant to bring B'z to remote locations to perform in small hall venues. As such, tickets are highly limited.
For the first time, there will be two rounds of ticket lotteries: Fanclub exclusive and CLUB-GYM exclusive. The fanclub exclusive ticket lottery will accept entries from May 1st to May 15th, while CLUB-GYM members can enter the CLUB-GYM exclusive ticket lottery from June 1 to June 11. Results of the ticket lottery are to be announced on May 23rd for fanclub members and June 17th for CLUB-GYM members.
B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-
SS Ticket (Fanclub only): 14,000 Yen
S Ticket: 10,000 Yen
Standing (CLUB-GYM only): 10,000 Yen
July 13 — Kumamoto Prefectural Theater
July 18 — Shunanshi Bunka Hall
July 20 — Fukuyama Hall of Arts and Culture Reed & Rose (Big Hall)
July 22 — Tsuyama Cultural Center
July 23 — Toyonaka Performing Arts Center (Big Hall)
July 26 — Biwako Concert Hall (Big Hall)
July 28 — Honda no Mori Hall
August 1 — Hachinohe City Public Hall (Big Hall)
August 3 — Sakura Hall
August 7 — Tomakomai City Hall
August 9 — Wakannai Cultural Center
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.