Mainstay B’z support member and bassist Barry Sparks has recently announced in a news update on his official website, that he founded a new band called “Riot on Mars” with his longtime friend Michael Viscera. Their debut album is called “First Wave” and will be released soon! On the album, Koshi plays the blues harmonica on the track called “Movin’ On”.
Here’s the relevant excerpt from his post:
I am also very happy to have a few special guests as well…Koshi Inaba from B’z plays some awesome blues harmonica on a song called “Movin’ On” and I am also very proud to have Dan McCafferty from “Nazareth” singing on our cover of the Nazareth version of “Beggars Day”.
The February 2015 issue (released January 10th) of Young Guitar magazine features Tak Matsumoto and Slash together in the cover story and this is our write-up. The article begins by explaining that Tak and Slash have a lot in common: They have their own Gibson Signature Models, they have each won a Grammy Award, they’ve both released a slew of #1 albums—so it was about time that the two sat down for a proper talk. As it turns out, they have even more in common!
Find out more after the break!
Today is going to be an epic day, all right! The release date for B’z forthcoming 19th studio album 「EPIC DAY」 has finally been announced! It’s going to be out on March 4th, 2015 and will come in four(!) different packages: LIVE-GYM 2015 Edition (CD+Original Tour Merchandise), Limited Edition (CD+DVD), Vinyl Edition (Vinyl + Digital Download Code), Normal Edition (CD Only).
Before we go into the details of each package, let’s look at the track list first. The album features 10 songs, headlined by the rock tunes 「EPIC DAY」 and 「Las Vegas」. Further songs include their 51st single 「Uchouten」 and recently announced songs 「NO EXCUSE」「Exit To The Sun」 and 「Amari ni mo」. 「Kimi wo Ki ni Shinai Hi Nado」, the ending SE to their 25th Anniversary tour 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-」, is also featured on the album.
1. Las Vegas
2. Uchouten (51st single; theme to the NTV Drama 「Gakkou no Kaidan」)
3. Exit To The Sun (Theme to the NHK Drama 「Dark Suit」)
4. NO EXCUSE (Featured in Smirnoff commercials)
5. Amari ni mo (Featured in H.I.S. commercials)
6. EPIC DAY
8. Black Coffee
9. Kimi wo Ki ni Shinai Hi Nado
10. Man Of The Match
※ SIDE A and SIDE B refer to the Vinyl edition
Find out more about the contents of each package by hitting “Read More”!
Following the announcement of the hall/arena part of the band’s LIVE-GYM 2015 tour in October last year, B’z has finally announced the stadium tour schedule. Furthermore, the tour logo for the upcoming LIVE-GYM has been posted, which features a Las Vegas’esque vibe. Takanobu Masuda (Keyboards), Shane Gaalaas (Drums), Barry Sparks (Bass) and Ohga Yoshinobu (Supporting guitar) will be returning as support members for this tour!
Keyboards: Takanobu Masuda
Drums: Shane Gaalaas
Bass: Barry Sparks
Supporting guitar: Ohga Yoshinobu
B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- Stadium Tour
June 13th — Ajinomoto Stadium
June 14th — Ajinomoto Stadium
June 27th — Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome
June 28th — Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome
July 2nd — Kyocera Dome Osaka
July 4th — Kyocera Dome Osaka
July 5th — Kyocera Dome Osaka
July 25th — Nagoya Dome
July 26th — Nagoya Dome
SS Category Seat — 13,000 Yen (FANCLUB MEMBERS ONLY)
S Category Seat — 8,800 Yen
A Category Seat — 5,000 Yen
Public Sale: April 11th, 2015
Just this past Sunday, B’z made their first appearance on music talk show LIVE MONSTER. This marked their first occasion doing a proper sitdown interview of the sort, on which the band fielded questions from fans collected in a street survey and via e-mail. The episode is already being considered one of their best TV appearances in their history, during which they also perform new single “Uchouten” and recent hit single “Ichibu to Zenbu“, so don’t miss it!
With its first week on sale drawing to a close, it has been confirmed that “Uchouten” has become the latest B’z single to debut at the top of the Weekly Oricon Singles and Billboard Hot Singles charts in Japan. The single sold over 134,000 copies in its first week.
This extends their record of consecutive number one singles to 47 in a row, dating all the way back to the release of their first chart-topper, “Taiyou no Komachi Angel”, in June of 1990. The band will be following the release of the single with an all-new studio album entitled EPIC DAY and nationwide tour B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-.