B’z have kicked off their 30th anniversary commemorative tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- last Saturday. The first show took place in Okinawa at the Okinawa Convention Center, with a one-off B’z SHOWCASE 2018 -The Wall Of Rock- taking place 5 days prior at Ishigaki City Hall, serving as a warm-up to the main tour. The tour continued today with a performance at Sekisui Heim Super Arena, in Miyagi Prefecture. The tour finale will take place on September 21 and 22 in Ajinomoto Stadium, marking the 30th anniversary of the band.
Several well-known singles and fan favorites return as part of the tour, along with the debut of a brand new song.
The full setlist is posted below to avoid spoilers for those attending the shows, along with tallies on when each song was last played live.
Today is the release of B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” on home video! As can be seen above, we have translated the band’s customary release message and archived it for those interested. Both DVD & Blu-ray editions are now available from the following retailers.
Additionally, a digest is now available showcasing several key songs (but not nearly all of them!):
The tour merchandise for B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- has just been revealed! Prices are much the same as before, with all variety of shirts coming in at 2,700 yen, the themed brochure at 3,000 yen, and numerous trinkets ranging from 600 to 2,000 yen.
Additional gacha dispenser items are also available, ranging from throwback items such as a “juice” and wristbands, including one limited to each venue. As usual, each attempt costs 500 yen. A charity pin styled after the tour logo will also be on sale for the same price with all proceeds going to ongoing earthquake disaster reconstruction throughout Japan.
Full pricing and sizing details for all of the tour’s merchandise can be found on the official website. Surplus items will be available on B’z The Store once the tour concludes in September of this year. Notably, leftover merchandise from the “SCENES” exhibition is available now from the store.
The list of tour-themed shirts, towels, keychains, and other wearable merchandise are all preserved after the break!
The fourth in a long-term series of B’z books about their history, this time entitled B’z: The Chronicle, has just been announced. The release, written by Akira Saeki, comes in a special edition including a limited postcard print and a standard retail version. Both editions come packed with exclusive photos shot for the occasion, exclusive long-form interviews, a review of the hometown shows from B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-, a report on B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- in Okinawa, and setlist and discography reviews.
B’z: The Chronicle will be on shelves September 21, 2018.
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.
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.