The 2015 tour that saw B’z play forty shows in five months is at last coming to home video! 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 is scheduled for release on home video February 24th, 2016 and will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray with a retail price of 6,800 yen. The 153-minute video captures the tour finale from July 26th at Nagoya Dome for the first time.
The tour, which came in support of their nineteenth album EPIC DAY, featured an eclectic setlist with revivals of several classic songs from years long past. The video naturally features a great many home video premieres, including for “Uchouten”, “Las Vegas”, “NO EXCUSE”, “Amari ni mo”, “Exit To The Sun”, “Black Coffee”, “Kimi wo Ki ni Shinai Hi Nado”, “Man Of The Match”, and the eponymous “EPIC DAY”. Popular hit single “RED” opens the show and will see its video debut on this release alongside 1994 B-side “YOU&I“, which had not been played live since 2000’s Pleasure LIVE-GYM “juice”.
One special inclusion in the release is the bluesy acoustic version of “ZERO” played in the middle of the show, which otherwise has not been played with such a revision. The high-energy setlist includes other singles “BURN -Fumetsu no Face-” and “Atsuki Kodou no Hate“, which both could only previously be found on one home release each (LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION- and 2002’s “GREEN”, respectively). Fellow GREEN song “Blue Sunshine” likewise returns since the tour of the same name
“TIME” returns for the first time since 2010’s “Ain’t No Magic”, while newfound fan-favorite “HEAT” sees its first performance during a mainline LIVE-GYM. Another beloved gem “Swimmer yo!!” also sees only its third inclusion on a home video. Staple singles “Ai no Bakudan“, “ultra soul“, and “Ichibu to Zenbu” round out the setlist.
B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-
Koshi Inaba’s recent appearance on Japanese television program 「Music Station」 has now been subtitled, including the world premiere of the full version of his upcoming single 「Hane」. The video found here is a condensed digest of the moments featuring Koshi (excerpted from the original broadcast which ran for four hours).
Koshi Inaba is scheduled to release his latest single 「Hane」 on January 13, 2016 and today, we have the song’s music video available with subtitles. The video runs just over two minutes and is also available from the official B’z YouTube channel.
As previously covered in an earlier update, Koshi Inaba recently made a public appearance at HMV&BOOKS in the Shibuya Modi department store for a special radio interview. Today, as a holiday surprise, we have subtitled the entire 27-minute interview for all to enjoy. Because the program was a radio broadcast and we wanted to present the translation alongside the audio, we have created a video that we feel best presents the interview in a visual medium.
The interview took place during the「Happy Hour」program on InterFM 89.7, which broadcasts from inside the store. In the course of the show, Koshi premiered his upcoming single「Hane」and previewed another track from the upcoming release. In addition to the included previews of Koshi’s two new songs, also be sure to stick around until the end for a special surprise. 「Hane」will be released on January 13th, 2016 and can be pre-ordered now from CD Japan and other retailers.
The B’z Wiki, the most complete English resource for B’z online, now has its own domain at www.bzwiki.com! We are constantly adding new content, articles, translations, interviews, and transcriptions to the wiki and will always attempt to keep it as up to date as possible. If you are a fellow fan and wish to help out, send an e-mail to offthelock.com -at- gmail.com to sign up for an account.
For some of the articles you may have missed, check out some of the ones below that are available for viewing right now:
- B’z Unreleased Works — A complete list of all unreleased songs, demos, alternate versions, and live shows that never received proper releases
- B’z Songs by LIVE-GYM — An exhaustive list of every B’z song ever performed live, along with the total amount of performances for each song and during exactly which tours each performance took place
- B’z Home Videos — Listing of all B’z home videos as well as their contents, including every setlist and in every format each was ever issued
- B’z Television Appearances — A comprehensive list of B’z appearances on television dating all the way back to their first in 1989
- B’z Sales Records — List of all sales totals for B’z albums, singles, and home videos, along with various accolades and achievements scored by the band
Earlier this year, B’z gave NTV program NEWS ZERO their first sitdown interview for a non-music program in seven years. Today, we are pleased to present the full segment subtitled for your enjoyment. Several topics are covered, such as their motivations and approach to working together, as well as Koshi’s interest in Rakugo. For those unfamiliar, Rakugo is a form of comedy staged by a sole storyteller as a performance.