B’z have just kicked off their latest tour B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” in support of latest studio album DINOSAUR! The first show took place in Hokkaido at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center. The tour will run through a February 4, 2018 date in Osaka.
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.
To commemorate their thirtieth year on the music scene, a large-scale B’z exhibition titled “SCENES” will be held in Tokyo and feature memorabilia spanning their entire career. The exhibition will be split into two halves: a first term covering 1988-2002 and a second half covering 2003-2018. In addition to original stage costumes worn at the time, Tak’s favored guitars as well as photographs and images being seen for the first time will be shown. Various treasured belongings of the members will appear as well.
In 2006, the band held an exhibition at LIVE-GYM venues titled “Treasure Land”. This included clothing and props used throughout their various tours to that point. The “SCENES” exhibition will be the first time in which such an event is open to the public.
Additionally, as part of the “B’z 30th Year” promotions, the band will be involved in thirty separate tie-in promotions with thirty different companies, including a B’z-themed version of The Game of Life board game which celebrates its fiftieth year in Japan next year. Others include B’z specific items from apparel brand New Era and American leather outlet Schott.
The tour goods for B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” have been revealed! The usual range of T-shirts, towels, and smart phone accessories are all accounted for and preserved below. The tour proper kicks off on December 14 in Hokkaido and runs through a three-night date at Kyocera Dome Osaka in February.
A home video of the tour is expected to be released in summer 2018.
Tour Brochure / Shopping Bag / Rubber Key Holder / Pick Key Holder / Tour Truck
Hand Towel / Smartphone Ring / Smartphone Pouch / Graphic Photo Towel / Muffler Towel
It has just been announced that in two weeks, on Christmas Day, B’z will be performing on CDTV Special! Christmas Music Festival 2017. The nearly four-hour program will feature a variety of artists including not only B’z but BoA, Kana Nishino, and Back Number with more to be announced soon. The band will be showcasing their seminal Christmas classic “Itsuka no Merry Christmas” and recent single “Still Alive“.
The seasonal classic has been performed on television numerous times in the past—its last televised showing coming in 2005—and may be looking at an inclusion on this month’s B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”.
Along with a litany of radio promotions surrounding the release, B’z will soon make another festival-sized live appearance at FM802 ROCK FESTIVAL RADIO CRAZY 2017 on December 28. The two day event will see B’z performing on the first day alongside Alexandros, 9mm Parabellum Bullet, Monoeyes, and back number amongst several others.
The show will take place at the 72,978 square meter INTEX Osaka exhibition center. It is currently unknown whether the show will be broadcast on television or radio in any form.
The second of two premium live concerts held as part of a 7-Eleven promotion has just wrapped in Japan. The show, which took place at the newly-minted Zepp Osaka Bayside, was identical to Tuesday’s appearance—with one older single making its first appearance since 2012! Also, two songs switched places in the setlist.
To avoid potential B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” spoilers for for those attending, we have preserved the full setlist after the break.