“Don’t Wanna Lie” as Detective Conan Opening & Commercial on Air

Posted on April 30, 2011 by Tobias in News

Starting today, "Don't Wanna Lie" is the new opening to the Detective Conan anime series. The opening includes footage from the PV, which was shot in LA. Hardcore B'z fans will notice that the PV sure does resemble Negai's PV a bit. The last time they used PV footage for the opening, was with Giri Giri Chop. Also, during the broadcast of Detective Conan, the "Don't Wanna Lie" commercial was aired. Check both out below.

Lyrics: http://bzwiki.offthelock.com/Don%27t_Wanna_Lie_(Lyrics)
Translation coming soon.

Artistic Portrait of Tak Matsumoto

Posted on April 23, 2011 by Tobias in Other

I found this a few days ago while browsing a few B'z related websites. Rima Fujita, a full-time artist living in San Diego, posted this on her blog:

After many years I've begun having this urge to paint portraits again, and when I was thinking about doing a portrait series once more I got a commission offer to do a portrait of Tak Matsumoto, the guitar player of the Japan's renowned rock duo, B'z, by a good friend of mine who wanted to give it to Tak as a gift. Tak had just won the Grammy award this year. "How timely," I thought. I was thrilled to do his portrait, yet the last time I met Tak in person was over 10 years ago. Normally I don't like to use photographs to paint portraits. So I really had to depend on my imagination!

If you'd like to check out her drawing of Tak Matsumoto and what else she had to say about her encounter with Tak Matsumoto, check her blog right here: http://rimafujita.blogspot.com/2011/04/portrait-series.html

B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 in North America

Posted on April 18, 2011 by Tobias in News

B'z is going to tour North America again, for the first time in 8 years. This is probably happening due to Tak Matsumoto winning the Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" together with guitarist Larry Carlton for their collaborative album TAKE YOUR PICK.  Tickets are going to be on sale locally, so you probably won't be able to buy them online. B'z will tour Vancouver (Canada) on July 20th, San Francisco on July 22nd and Los Angeles on July 24th. The exact venues have yet to be announced.

The tour at a glance:

7/20 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, Canada
Open: 7 PM Start: 8 PM
(Tickets: http://www.voguetheatre.com/ - AVAILABLE MAY 14 10AM)

7/22 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
Open: 8 PM Start: 9 PM
(Tickets: http://www.livenation.com/ - AVAILABLE MAY 15)

7/24 Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
Open: 6 PM Start: 7 PM
(Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/ - AVAILABLE MAY 14, 10AM PDT)

Update: Word is out that there might be a livestream for the North American tour so that Japanese fans will be able to watch it as well. That means it could be livestreamed on Ustream or on NicoNico Live. Also, tickets are not available to Japanese fans through B'z Party, however they can buy a "travel package"(with ticket) to the LA performance.

When is B'z finally coming to Europe?!

Oh and here's a snippet from the Japanese newspaper that revealed the information:

“Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo” Tops Oricon Chart

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Tobias in Other

B'z is at it again. One day before the official release, 50,335 copies of B'z new single Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo were sold across Japan, topping the Oricon daily single chart for the 44th time in a row. They continue to release #1 hit singles one after another, which is probably also because of the huge fanbase that B'z has in Japan. But honestly, they deserve it, right? The new single just ROCKS!!

We are now waiting for the sales data from today, which will be posted on Oricon tomorrow. Sales are expected to go up to more than 100,000 sold copies total. Will this be another platinum single for B'z?

LIVE-GYM 2011 Tour Dates Announced

Posted on April 12, 2011 by Tobias in News

From the morning paper in Japan:

The title of the tour has yet to be determined. As the tour begins in September, we can deduce that the new album will be out in July/August. However, August is more likely as B'z second single, Don't Wanna Lie, is going to be released on June 1st.

Hall Tour

9/23 Sundome Fukui
9/24 Sundome Fukui
10/1 Marine Messe Fukuoka
10/2 Marine Messe Fukuoka
10/9 Kobe World Kinen Hall
10/10 Kobe World Kinen Hall
10/16 Toki Messe, Niigata Convention Center
10/22 Hiroshima Green Arena
10/23 Hiroshima Green Arena
10/27 Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center - Kitayell
10/29 Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center - Kitayell
10/30 Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center - Kitayell
11/3 Saitama Super Arena
11/5 Saitama Super Arena
11/6 Saitama Super Arena

Dome Tour

12/4 Fukuoka Yahoo JAPAN Dome
12/10 Nagoya Dome
12/11 Nagoya Dome
12/15 Kyocera Dome Osaka
12/17 Kyocera Dome Osaka
12/18 Kyocera Dome Osaka
12/22 Tokyo Dome
12/24 Tokyo Dome
12/25 Tokyo Dome

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“Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo” Release Message

Posted on April 12, 2011 by Tobias in News

In Japan there's something called "flying get" and thus you can already grab the new single in stores if you reserved your copy early. B'z releases a message to their fans with each release, check them out below. (Tak's message is rather simple xD) Also, if you're still wondering whether you should buy the single or not, you can now listen to sample clips on B'z Official Website.

We are reborn into a new self every day. Let's leave past events behind and continue living on!!

(Note: That's what "Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo" is about... moving on.)

"Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo" Listen to it drinking PEPSI NEX!

15 Second B’z Segment To Air During Detective Conan

Posted on April 11, 2011 by Tobias in Other

B'z Official Website states that a 15 second segment will be aired during the broadcast of the Detective Conan 15th anniversary live action special and during the regular broadcast of the Detective Conan series. The live action special airs on April 14/15 and the regular Detective Conan broadcast airs on Saturdays whereas the segment will be aired on April 23th's episode. The segment will be about their latest song Don't Wanna Lie which is the theme song to the latest Detective Conan movie "A Quarter of Silence".

Source: B'z Official Website

B’z Among 1000 Origami Cranes

Posted on April 10, 2011 by Tobias in Other

On April 5, Fukie Bata was invited as a guest during the program that was broadcasted on radio France Bleu Poitou. Yes, that's right, France. She is a Japanese citizen that moved to France in 2007 and they talked about how she came to France, and what experiences she has made. Furthermore, in the recent events of the March 11 East Japan Earthquake, they talked about her initiative to create 1000 origami cranes in order to show solidarity for the people in Japan.

"But... what does B'z have to do with it?!" you ask? Well... they also used the occasion to introduce Japan to the listeners and Fukie Bata was so kind to choose B'z as an example for Japanese Music. She especially chose BUDDY from the album ACTION, which was then broadcasted on the show. Hopefully, a few more people in France have become B'z fans now! B'z is mostly unknown in France, with Visual Kei being the reigning Japanese music genre.

Merci beaucoup to my friend Odon Vallon for his report on B'z no bise. You can listen to the radio show here using the Real Player.

Also, glad to know my French skills haven't gotten rusty in all these years. 😉

Source(s): B'z no bise (French), Nouvelle République (French)

B’z New Single “Don’t Wanna Lie” 6/1 On Sale!!

Posted on April 6, 2011 by Tobias in News

The new single, Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo, isn't even out and B'z is announcing the release of another single! Won't be long until they announce the release of their new album... probably going to be released in July or August. As previously reported, "Don't Wanna Lie" is going to be featured as the theme song of the new Detective Conan theatrical feature movie "A Quarter of Silence" and the second track "Homebound" is featured as the ending theme to "News 23X". Looks like this and future singles are going to have the same limited edition: the music video on DVD.

B'z - Don't Wanna Lie

1. Don't Wanna Lie
2. Homebound

Price(limited edition w/ DVD): 1470 Yen
Price(regular edition): 1050 Yen

Release date: 2011.06.01

Normal Edition: [YesAsia (Global)] [YesAsia (US)] [CDJapan.co.jp]

Limited Edition: [YesAsia (Global)] [YesAsia (US)] [CDJapan.co.jp]

Lastly, a question: Am I the only one who's irritated by that cover? First, B'z presents us an awesome cover for Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo and now this? I think it's a little too plain what the artists did there. What do you think?

New Song “Homebound” As “News 23X” Ending Theme

Posted on April 4, 2011 by Tobias in News

B'z Official Website states that starting today, B'z new song "Homebound" will be the ending theme to the news show "News 23X" which airs from 22:54 to 23:45 from Monday to Thursday and 23:30 to 24:15 on Fridays on the channel TBS.

We recall that Koshi Inaba's "Kono Te wo Totte Hashiridashite" was the ending theme to "News 23X" before, and thus, we can assume that "Homebound" is a ballad. I'm going to watch "NEWS 23X" today and will report back later.

The release date for "Homebound" and further details will be announced at a later date.

Update: Video here. Sorry for the bad video quality, I was watching it with KeyHole TV .

Update 2: Found better quality video on youtube. Now you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in Tokyo - Shinjuku ;D

News 23X (Homepage)