Music Station Super Live 2012 Report

Posted on December 23, 2012
B'z during their first Music Station SUPER LIVE performance in 1992

B’z during their first Music Station SUPER LIVE performance in 1992

Before B’z appeared on stage, a segment was shown in which the band’s history of SUPER LIVE performances was detailed. B’z appeared on the first ever Music Station SUPER LIVE in 1992, during their 5th anniversary. They performed their million selling hit “ZERO” on stage. From there on out, the band can look back on countless Music Station SUPER LIVE performances:

  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 1992 – ZERO
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 1996 – SNOW / Shoushin
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 1997 – Swimmer Yo! / Calling
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2000 – Seventh Heaven / Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2001 – GOLD / ultra soul
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2002 – Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta / Atsuki Kodou no Hate
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2003 – IT’S SHOWTIME!!
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2004 – ARIGATO
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2005 – Itsuka no Merry Christmas / OCEAN
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2006 – Shoudou
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2007 – SUPER LOVE SONG
  • Music Station SUPER LIVE 2012 – Ichibu to Zenbu / Ai no Bakudan

Since 2007, B’z have not been present on television as they used to. In 2008, the band was busy celebrating their 20th anniversary and the only time they appeared on television was during the 20th anniversary NHK special. The following year, in 2009, the band didn’t perform on television at all, except for a short comment recorded for their then latest single Ichibu to Zenbu. The last time B’z performed on television was last year, on April 1st, when they performed Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo and Brotherhood on a Music Station special. For the first time in 5 years, B’z is making an appearance on a Music Station SUPER LIVE.

B'z Interview Music Station Super Live 2012

Tak and Koshi during the interview on Music Station Super Live 2012

After having shed some light on the band’s history with Music Station, Tak and Koshi were interviewed by Music Station’s hosts Tamori and Takeuchi. They were asked what left an impression on them this year, to which Koshi replied “We’ve toured North America this year. I really enjoyed it”. Tak added “During our North American tour, I’ve gone sightseeing. I went to see the Niagara Falls, the Jimi Hendrix Memorial and such.”. Tak emphasized that the Niagara Falls are really amazing. Following the rather short interview, Tak and Koshi made their way onto the stage to perform Ichibu to Zenbu and Ai no Bakudan.

B'z during Ichibu to Zenbu at Music Station Super Live 2012

B’z during Ichibu to Zenbu on Music Station Super Live 2012

In the intro to Ichibu to Zenbu, Koshi was jumping around like in previous performances of the song, already building up tension in the audience. The band was in really good shape that day such that both the band and the audience really enjoyed the performance. Koshi was smiling a couple of times on stage. When they finished Ichibu to Zenbu, Koshi kicked off Ai no Bakudan with a loud “MAKUHARI BABY!!” followed by an explosion and steam on stage. They also had black “B’z XXV” balloons floating over the audience in the hall which would later explode and bathe the audience in small pink balloons. When Tak broke into the solo part of the song, we were able to enjoy a completely new solo which is equally awesome.


B'z during the intro to Ai no Bakudan on Music Station Super Live 2012

B’z during the intro to Ai no Bakudan on Music Station Super Live 2012

All in all, that was a very stellar performance by B’z right there! The only letdown were some mixing problems on TV Asahi’s behalf which led to strange audio on television.

Tak during the solo to Ai no Bakudan on Music Station Super Live 2012



3 responses to “Music Station Super Live 2012 Report”

  1. Lebon14 says:

    “The only letdown were some mixing problems on TV Asahi’s behalf which led to strange audio on television.”
    You don’t know much about TV live mixing right? Let me fill you up.
    All audio during the TV show is (for exemple) limited at 75% so everything seem as loud as anything else. So, when the fireworks exploded, it maybe jumped this limit to 100%. Because the sound is limited to 75%, because of the sudden explosion of sound, everything was limited to 75%. So the music sounded deefened by the fireworks for a brief moment. Also, in the Sayonara Kizu Darake No Hibi Yo & Brotherhood
    perforamnce back in 2011, it was just the same. When there were only vocals, they seem to be as loud as all the instruments+vocals together…
    I hope my explanation was clear enough.

    1. OFF THE LOCK says:

      That sounds plausible, but the problem was already there when they started playing Ichibu to Zenbu. The guitar in particular was too silent.

      1. Chi says:

        I also think that instruments were too silent. While vocals were ok, the rest was slightly able to listen, so you couldn’t fully enjoy Tak’s great solos. It’s not the problem with pop songs from other artists where instrumentals aren’t that interesting, but while B’z performance it is noticeable and costs a lot.

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