This aired today on Music Station:
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We would like to express our deepest condolences to everyone who has been affected by the Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake and Tsunami. We are very depressed by the damage that has been caused in a lot of cities we have visited during our tours and had a great time in, which is way beyond our imagination. In order to help the people in this time of crisis, we’re doing everything we can do to help with all our power.
As B’z new single’s release has previously been postponed due to the earthquake, B’z management has set a new release date for “Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo”. The single is going to be out on April 13, 2011.
1. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo
2. Dawn Runner
Price(limited edition w/ DVD): 1470 Yen
Price(regular edition): 1050 Yen
Release date: 2011.04.13
B’z Official Website now also reports that B’z is participating in Music For Relief by contributing a song to the tracklist: HOME English version.
B’z has also taken the time to say a few words as to why they’re participating:
Our country now faces a crisis we’ve never experienced before. In order to rebuild the beautiful houses in our country, we all have to do something. If playing music can help people in the disaster zone, then that’s what we can do for them right now. And as such, that’s exactly the thing we have do to right now.
Linkin Park’s non-profit organization “Music For Relief” has started to collect donations for earthquake victims in Japan. If you donate only $10, you’ll get access to a growing number of songs available for download. B’z, among others, has contributed a song to the tracklist: The English version of HOME.
If you’d like to donate $10 to the earthquake victims, head over to http://japan.downloadtodonate.org/. You can donate using your credit card or PayPal.
Music for Relief: http://www.musicforrelief.org/main/
B’z management has donated over 50 million Yen(500,000€ / $625,000) to help out people that have lost their homes due to the quake. But that is not all: They are also sending goods such as water into the disaster zone to provide assistance in supplying people with fresh water and food. Taking into account the goods as well as the generous donation, the total value of the donation amounts to more than 100 million Yen.
Being Group – which B’z recording label belongs to – has refused to announce the donation publicly as they do not want it to come off as promotion for the company. The information has been uncovered by an insider who then passed it on to a newspaper, namely Tokyo Sports.
The report states that Being Group has set up emergency headquarters to ensure the safety of their staff and their families.
He also says that Tak Matsumoto has taken interest in doing a collaboration with AKB48 to compose a new song which is different from his current ballads. No plans have been revealed yet, though.
Looks like B’z is doing an ALL-OUT ATTACK this year. B’z Official Website states that B’z is going to perform during the broadcast of the 3-hour Music Station special which is set to air on April 1st, 2010 from 7PM to 9:48PM. It is unknown what song B’z is going to perform, but it is highly likely that B’z is going to perform their new single “Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo” to make up for the postponed release date of said single.
This is the first time in 4 years that B’z is appearing on television. Last time B’z appeared on television, they were performing SUPER LOVE SONG on the Music Station SUPER LIVE 2007 as well as Best Artist 2007.
Due to the emergency situation caused by last Friday’s earthquake, the release of new single “Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo” was postponed, as we can learn on B’z official website. The reason for this are production as well as distribution difficulties.
This isn’t a big surprise, as many other artists and recording labels have already postponed release scheduled for March 23th and 30th.
Also, B’z the Store, B’z PARTY Store, and VERMILLION STUDIO online stores have temporarily ceased activities.
A new release date has yet to be arranged.
Today on B’z official website as well as B’z PARTY official website appeared a message from both members about the Great Tohoku Earthquake that hit Japan last Friday.
Now I’m praying for damage to not increase anymore and for more people as possible to be rescued and saved.
Everyone, let’s join forces to overcome this moment, so someday soon we’ll have our bright Japan back!!
– Tak Matsumoto
Seeing the great damages the Earthquake caused, the city where lovely people used to live disrupted, and so many lifes lost, this made my heart cry, and I felt helpless. I think we should be united, with all our might, because this could raise someone else’s hopes.
– Koshi Inaba
Also B’z support member Shane Gaalaas wrote a post in his blog, both in English and Japanese:
Sending this picture I took this morning of a little flower that reminded me of you… I hope in some small way you could somehow find some happiness in your life in these tragic times.
Thinking of you and how lucky I am to know what a beautiful nation Japan is.