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!!