B’z have this week announced their online concert event 「B’z SHOWCASE 2020 -5 ERAS 8820-」. This will be the first full online event to take place without an audience for the band. As indicated by the title, the online concert event will be a series of 5 concerts — each dedicated to one of 5 eras of B’z past career. To make that happen, B’z has teamed up with several Japanese streaming services such as “pia live stream”, “LINE live” and “GYAO!”. A “ticket” to view the concerts costs 3500 Japanese Yen.
A special package for the concerts is available to B’z PARTY fanclub members. Before each show, a special interview with the band will be streamed.
In a message to fans that has been posted on the website, B’z share some thoughts on the event. Originally, the SHOWCASE was planned to be an actual concert taking place at the newly opened Zepp Haneda in Tokyo. However, given the current situation, this was not possible. They also promised that the set list for each show will be entirely different. Tak indicated that he now has to practice 80 songs — quite a challenge. Each concert will feature songs specific to that era.
On the supporting staff, B’z have resorted to sticking with previous Japanese support members — making this the first time in a while that B’z has performed with all Japanese support members.
DAY 1 — October 31, 2020 // OPEN: 18:00 START: 19:00
DAY 2 — November 7, 2020 // OPEN: 18:00 START: 19:00
DAY 3 — November 14, 2020 // OPEN: 18:00 START: 19:00
DAY 4 — November 21, 2020 // OPEN: 18:00 START: 19:00
DAY 5 — November 28, 2020 // OPEN: 18:00 START: 19:00
*NOTE: “OPEN” indicates the time the live stream channel is opened.
*NOTE2: The events will NOT be live. Pre-recorded performances are streamed on the respective date and time.
Day1, Day2, Day5: Takanobu Masuda (Keyboards), Yoshinobu Ohga (Guitar), Ikkoh Tanaka (Drums), Akihito Tokunaga (Bass)
Day3, Day4: Takanobu Masuda (Keyboards), Yoshinobu Ohga (Guitar), Kaichi Kurose (Drums), Showtaro Mitsuzono (Bass)
B’z has announced that their live tour B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 -Whole Lotta NEW LOVE- will release on DVD & Blu-ray on February 26, 2020! The home video release will feature the full show performed at Saitama Super Arena in July last year.
This will mark the first official release of the new B’z song “Kimi to Nara”, which served as the Theme Song to the Japanese TV show “Beshari Kurashi”. In addition, dedicated video footage of the three songs, which were regularly switched out in the set list throughout the tour, will be part of the bonus content. A special montage of “Tsuwamono Hashiru” featuring different venues rounds up the bonus content of this release.
The whole package will cost 7300 Yen.
B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 -Whole Lotta NEW LOVE-
01. MY NEW LOVE
02. MR. ARMOUR
04. Ore yo Karma wo Ikiro
05. Towa ni Wakaku
06. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
08. ultra soul
09. Koi Karasu
10. Golden Rookie
11. Rain & Dream
14. Hadashi no Megami
15. Kimi to Nara (previously unreleased)
17. Ichibu to Zenbu
18. Still Alive
20. Tsuwamono Hashiru
22. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
・Da La Da Da
・Tsuwamono Hashiru -Tour Digest-
B’z have started their “route 2020” campaign for the year, by updating their website with a special design. The sign posts suggest that there are further announcements to come this year! And the distance between the sign posts could mean the time interval between individual announcements…?
Or is B’z planning to do another U.S. tour given the “Route 66” themed website? Tell us your predictions in the comments!
In a surprise announcement, B’z have revealed that their latest tour B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 -Whole Lotta NEW LOVE- is going to be released on home video in 2020. Details regarding the contents of the release are yet to be unveiled. The same goes for the release date.
For the moment, you can enjoy a teaser of the show featuring footage of “Tsuwamono Hashiru”.
Koshi is teaming up again with the almighty Stevie Salas, who was very keen to get back in the studio given the huge success that INABA/SALAS has been. INABA/SALAS will be returning for their second Japan-wide tour this year. The tour kicks off at Zepp Osaka Bayside in April, with the tour final being at the Tokyo Garden Theater — an all new venue set to open in Tokyo in 2020. Tokyo Garden Theater is said to pack around 8000 people for an event. It could even be that INABA/SALAS will be the first to perform at the venue. The duo will also be releasing a new album in support of their tour. Stay tuned for more news!
INABA/SALAS 2020 Live Tour Schedule
2020/04/27 Zepp Osaka Bayside
2020/04/28 Zepp Osaka Bayside
2020/05/01 KT Zepp Yokohama
2020/05/02 KT Zepp Yokohama
2020/05/08 Zepp Sapporo
2020/05/09 Zepp Sapporo
2020/05/13 Zepp Fukuoka
2020/05/14 Zepp Fukuoka
2020/05/18 Zepp Nagoya
2020/05/20 Zepp Nagoya
2020/05/21 Zepp Nagoya
2020/05/22 Zepp Tokyo
2020/05/28 Zepp Tokyo
2020/06/02 Osaka Jo Hall
2020/06/03 Osaka Jo Hall
2020/06/10 Tokyo Garden Theater
2020/06/11 Tokyo Garden Theater
A belated happy new year to everyone! As usual, B’z posted their new year message on the official fanclub website. In the video, Tak and Koshi recount their activities from last year, such as their new album, B’z tour and side activities.
For 2020, Tak and Koshi have planned solo activities. INABA/SALAS will be returning this year with tour dates already announced. The upcoming INABA/SALAS tour will be supported by a new album that will be announced in due time. Tak has also begun work on a solo project last year — tour and album will probably be announced soon.
But what about B’z activities? Tak and Koshi tell us that they will also be providing us with B’z material this year — possibly around the time of the Summer Olympic/Paralympic Games in Japan. And don’t forget the B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 home video that will for sure be released this year!
Below you can watch the new year video message released to B’z fanclub members. A brief summary is given in this article.