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Koshi Working With Barry Sparks’ New Band 「Riot on Mars」

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Tobias in News

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".

Source: The Official Website of Barry Sparks

「Young Guitar」 Slash & Tak Talk Summary

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Tobias in News, Translations
Tak Matsumoto and Slash on the cover of the February issue of「Young Guitar」

Tak Matsumoto and Slash on the cover of the February issue of「Young Guitar」

I finally got around to posting about the Tak and Slash interview published in the 「Young Guitar」 magazine today! But let's make one thing clear first: They did not announce a collaboration or something along those lines. But perhaps we will see one in the future, who knows? The article starts by explaining that Tak and Slash have a lot in common: They have their own Gibson Signature Models, they have won a Grammy Award, they both released a number of no.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!

NEW ALBUM 「EPIC DAY」 Out March 4th!!

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Tobias in News

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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.

「EPIC DAY」

<SIDE A>
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)

<SIDE B>
6. EPIC DAY
7. Classmate
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"!

Now Subtitled: First Ever Sitdown Interview on LIVE MONSTER

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Jd- in Translations

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!

B’z Score 47th Consecutive #1 Single with “Uchouten”!

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Jd- in News

bz_epicdayWith 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-.

Source: Oricon

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New Song 「Amari ni mo」 Featured In H.I.S. Commercials

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Tobias in News

B'z latest single 「Uchouten」 was just released, and here we get more information about new songs! This song is called 「Amari ni mo」 (Too much) and is featured in H.I.S. latest line of commercials. The commercial will start airing in Japan from today, January 16th. It is very likely an album tune. Shouldn't be much longer until the album is announced!

Check out the commercial below!

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「Uchouten」 Release Message

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Tobias in News

To commemorate the release of their 51st single, Tak and Koshi have as usual released a message for their fans!

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[UPDATE] B’z To Perform For the First Time On 「LIVE MONSTER」 Jan 18th

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Tobias in News

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The band is going to perform on Nippon TV's show「LIVE MONSTER」for the first time. On the show, B'z are going to perform their new single「Uchouten」as well as another all-time fan favorite song. What that song may be, is unclear. The show is airing on January 18th, 2015 at 11:30PM on Nippon TV.

[UPDATE]
The second song B'z will perform on the show has been announced: It's 「Ichibu to Zenbu」.

B'z PARTY looking for fanclub members to join the audience

The official fanclub B'z PARTY is looking for fanclub members to join the audience for the 「Music Station Super Live」 performance as well as 「Live Monster」! Fanclub members can apply through the fanclub's official website. The deadline is December 12th. Chosen fanclub members will be notified by postcard (Music Station Super Live) or by e-mail (Live Monster).

Now Subtitled: 「Uchouten」 Performance on Shinnen Dakara Kantetsu de Ongaku Night

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Jd- in Translations


As one of the final television appearances for the upcoming single 「Uchouten」, B'z recorded a showing for music panel program 「Shinnen Dakara Kantetsu de Ongaku Night」 that was aired over the weekend. The broadcast also gave us an extended look at the music video for the single as the hosts' discussed the band and the performance. Of course, all of this has been subtitled for your enjoyment in the Dailymotion video above. You can also see the full lyrics to the new single here on the B'z Wiki.