Apparently, new Tak Matsumoto Signature Models are going to be available over at Gibson’s Custom division in autumn this year.
I’ve already taken a look around, and those new models seem to cost around 500,000 Yen(~$4545/~€3333). If anybody can afford one, don’t hesitate to take live pictures of it, or even send a sample of playing the guitar!
The product site is located here: http://www.gibson.com/jp-jp/Gibson%20USA/Tak%20Matsumoto%20Signature/TOP/
A PV for “Itsuka Mata Koko De” has been made available on the B’z 20th Anniversary Special Website. It’s not really a PV, though. It’s more of a compilation of live scenes taken from various concerts (Typhoon No. 15, BUZZ, LIVE RIPPER, to name a few), but it also includes a short scene of the Pleasure 2008 tour, which is just the fireworks at the end of the concert. Guess we’ll all have to wait for that live DVD to come out.
Also, at the end of the video, there are Tak’s and Koshi’s messages attached, expressing their personal feelings for their birthday — and for their fans. The translation will be up on offthelock tomorrow(September 22nd). For now, you’ll gonna have to make do with the PV itself:
B’z The Best “ULTRA Treasure” has been finally released today, and with it, the sample of “Itsuka Mata Koko De” has been added to the website. If you would like to check it out, click right here:
http://sound.being.co.jp/sound/bmcv-8024/d3-t01.asx (Windows Media)
http://sound.being.co.jp/sound/bmcv-8024/d3-t01.ram (Real Media)
One more important note: “Itsuka Mata Koko De” is going to be the theme song of a new Japanese drama called “Shouni Kyuumei” (“Infant lifesaving”). It is scheduled to start on October 16th at 9 PM(japanese time) on TV Asahi. More information here: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kyumei/
Furthermore, a new wallpaper has been added to the “Special Page”. You can check it out here: http://www.bz20th.com/special/index.html
New messages from Tak and Koshi have been posted on the Official B’z Website. Of course we have them translated here for you. Thanks go to Mameshibaken who helped me out a bit.
Matsumoto Takahiro’s message:
The second part of the rerecorded series!!
The new song“Glory Days” in addition to “BLOWIN’”.
Also, please enjoy the live video in Zepp Tokyo!!!
And please listen to the other new song “Itsuka Mata Koko De” as well!!!
Inaba Koshi’s message:
The good old songs, of course,
the new recording of BLOWIN’ and the new song “Glory Days”, etc.
present a great variety .
It is a little different from ULTRA Pleasure and also covers the traces of our past 20 years.
Please enjoy it!!
ARIGATO ☆ Inaba Koshi
First of all, I forgot to mention that the japanese TV channel NHK is going to air a 20th anniversary B’z special on October 6th. It is going to be 48 minutes long and won’t include any commercials. It’s probably going to be something similar to the 15th anniversary special that aired on TV, which included a thorough interview with B’z and a secret live performance.
Furthermore, B’z Official LIVE-GYM page has been updated to feature the first impressions on the Pleasure 2008 tour! Be sure to check them out here: http://bz-livegym.com/report/index.html
Also, as B’z The Best “ULTRA Treasure” is about to be released, people have a chance to receive special goods when they buy a copy of B’z The Best “ULTRA Treasure” in stores listed on the 20th anniversary special website. These goods include a “Treasure Can”, a set of pair rock glasses, an “ULTRA BOX”, a clear file, a key holder or a set of stickers. More information here: http://www.bz20th.com/shop/
And, what’s more, is the fact, that B’z PARTY members seem to get a copy of a new official B’z PARTY bootleg called B’z Official Bootleg Hidden Treasure～Typhoon No.20～. A bunch of people discussed this in a community’s thread on mixi. It looks like a few people got the bootleg delivered a little early, since it was originally scheduled to ship to B’z PARTY members around September 20th. And, guys, it’s going to be a DVD. If I get my hands on more information, I’ll let you know!