B’z Rocks EX Theater Roppongi in Special Live
The November 30th, 2013 special live that served as the grand opening for the TV Asahi-sponsored venue of the EX Theater Roppongi has come to an end, and B’z definitely did not pull any punches on this one. Living up to the title of “special live”, the band brought to the table songs no one expected to hear, including ones that had not seen the live stage in nearly twenty years!
The show opened very unexpectedly with ACTION album song “Kuroi Seishun”, which had not been played in the five years since 2008’s album tour prior to the show. It was followed by a very rare performance of the 15th anniversary single “Yasei no ENERGY”, itself not having been played live in the ten years since 2003. “ONE ON ONE” and “Perfect Life”, two other ACTION album tracks, also saw performances, with the latter having been included during the hall dates for B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-.
Other album songs performed included 1994’s “Yami no Ame” that had not been played since the first part of that year’s “The 9th Blues” tour and 1999’s “SKIN” and “Nagai Ai” from Brotherhood. Singles “ultra soul” and “Ichibu to Zenbu” were also carried over from the recent Pleasure tour, as well as classic 1989 fan-favorite “OH! GIRL” that had been previously performed during select hall tour dates along with 2002 album track “STAY GREEN ~Mijuku na Tabi wa Tomaranai~”. The singles of “Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni” and “Shoudou” were also revived for the occasion, followed by encore returns of “BANZAI” and “IT’S SHOWTIME!!”.
“Q&A” from B’z The Best XXV 1999-2012 was likewise performed, along with the live debut of a brand new song of an unknown title that had earlier been heard as the ending music to the ENDLESS SUMMER tour. Afterward followed a memorial cover of Japanese metal band LOUDNESS’s 1985 song “Crazy Nights”. The performance taking place on November 30, 2013 came five years to the day of the band’s founding drummer Munetaka Higuchi passing away on November 30, 2008.
Check out the setlist after the break.
B’z at EX Theater Roppongi Setlist (2013.11.30)
01. Kuroi Seishun
03. Yasei no ENERGY
04. STAY GREEN ~Mijuku na Tabi wa Tomaranai~
05. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
06. ONE ON ONE
07. Yami no Ame
09. Ichibu to Zenbu
10. ultra soul
11. Crazy Nights (LOUDNESS Cover)
12. Nagai Ai
13. Perfect Life
14. OH! GIRL
16. *New Song!* (ENDLESS SUMMER Ending SE)
19. IT’S SHOWTIME!!
8 responses to “B’z Rocks EX Theater Roppongi in Special Live”
This sounds like an AWESOME setlist… minus Ultra Soul 😛 I wish I was there for this one 🙁 Why can’t pleasure tours ever look like this?
Pleasure tours are meant to be “best-of” kind of shows. Therefore you will never see a setlist like this for a Pleasure or album tour.
This setlist is really, really surprising and… good. It is the word.
I agree with Jeff about ultra soul, they played it too much in the last years.
The hommage to Loudness is also a good thing.
I hope now they come next year with something BIG. (if not in 2014, then later, but something BIG as they are able to do it)
Great setlist! I wish this was recorded, I want to hear the new song.
It’s not “Best of” It’s “Best of Singles” B’z is the one group in the history of music that actually makes good albums instead of making 4 good songs and filling the rest of the album with shit.
Screw Ultra Soul. It’s not that great a dang song. I want my Kienai Niji, Tokyo or Kirei na Ai janakutemo. None are singles (although Tokyo was a B-side)… but all kick Ultra Soul in the face. Ultra Soul is overrated.
Now the Question Remains : Will it be released as a BluRay?
I really, really hope this is released as a bonus DVD for the next album, or we at least get a few songs on the next single’s DVD. Truly one of the craziest setlists B’z has done in a long, long, long time, and it’d be a shame to see it not get a home release.
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