B’z have recently posted confirmation on their social media channels that they are currently underway recording their next release. This is further evidenced by the latest issue of the Be With! fanclub magazine in which Tak revealed that he will get together with Koshi to start pre-production in April. As has been the case in the past, the duo are working at their studio in Hawaii for the time being. If the past is any indication, further recording at their studios in Los Angeles and Tokyo should be imminent. There are currently no details on their upcoming releases other than they will presumably be performing some of their new output at B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- which is scheduled to begin in July.
Interestingly, the year has thus far resembled their activities in 2007. In May, B’z released “Eien no Tsubasa” with notable B-side “Lonely Stars“. Just prior, they announced SHOWCASE 2007 -19- which began in late June. This was followed immediately thereafter by SHOWCASE 2007 -B’z In Your Town- which ran from July to August, just as its 2017 counterpart will. Both tracks from the single were performed during the pair of summer SHOWCASES. The band also made a festival appearance at SUMMER SONIC 07 in mid August, just as they will with the RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL this year. In October, “SUPER LOVE SONG” was released with ACTION following in December as their 16th studio album. This led to the year-long tour of LIVE-GYM 2008 “ACTION” that began in January and culminated in the unforgettable twentieth anniversary stand LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS-.
Other than the early start for SHOWCASE -19- in 2007, the years appear at least somewhat similar thus far. It would make sense for B’z to hold their new album until fall and release a comeback single here in the spring that can be included in their summer showings. Time will tell, keep checking back for the latest updates!
B’z has today announced their first “B’z in Your Town” SHOWCASE in eight years. Their last one dates back to 2009, in which they performed at eight venues as part of B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town-. The 2017 SHOWCASE is not meant as a warmup gig for an upcoming tour, but is rather meant to bring B’z to remote locations to perform in small hall venues. As such, tickets are highly limited.
For the first time, there will be two rounds of ticket lotteries: Fanclub exclusive and CLUB-GYM exclusive. The fanclub exclusive ticket lottery will accept entries from May 1st to May 15th, while CLUB-GYM members can enter the CLUB-GYM exclusive ticket lottery from June 1 to June 11. Results of the ticket lottery are to be announced on May 23rd for fanclub members and June 17th for CLUB-GYM members.
B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-
SS Ticket (Fanclub only): 14,000 Yen
S Ticket: 10,000 Yen
Standing (CLUB-GYM only): 10,000 Yen
July 13 — Kumamoto Prefectural Theater
July 18 — Shunanshi Bunka Hall
July 20 — Fukuyama Hall of Arts and Culture Reed & Rose (Big Hall)
July 22 — Tsuyama Cultural Center
July 23 — Toyonaka Performing Arts Center (Big Hall)
July 26 — Biwako Concert Hall (Big Hall)
July 28 — Honda no Mori Hall
August 1 — Hachinohe City Public Hall (Big Hall)
August 3 — Sakura Hall
August 7 — Tomakomai City Hall
August 9 — Wakannai Cultural Center
Two weeks following the initial reveal of B’z making an appearance at the RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 for the first time, the second countdown has finally been given an exact date to count down to: April 25th, 2017 at noon. The date seems to coincide with the announcement of the first wave of artists performing at the WILD BUNCH FEST 2017. WILD BUNCH FEST takes place on August 19 and 20 at the Yamaguchi Kirara Memorial Park — one week after their appearance at the RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017.
Two further random countdowns have been added to the website’s splash page, teasing two upcoming announcements.
Just this moment, more information on the alleged “CLUB-GYM” was released. It is, in fact, not a tour of some sort, but rather a website, which dedicates itself to bring information to people who would like to know more about B’z, or haven’t been able to go to a show because tickets were sold out.
This includes information such as where and how to obtain tickets as well as information on upcoming performances, releases and live tours. The website will provide an e-mail newsletter containing said information.
The start date of the “Club-Gym” website is to be announced soon.
The “Club-Gym” is different from the official fanclub B’z PARTY, which is meant for people who want to support B’z. Perks such as fanclub-exclusive events, ticket lotteries and a chance to meet&greet with the band are exclusive to members of B’z PARTY.
It has just been revealed that B’z will appear at the RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 to be held in Hokkaido at a special outdoor site of the Tarukawa Wharf in Otaru city near Sapporo. The festival is to be held on August 11th and August 12th, 2017. The day B’z is going to be performing will be announced in the near future.
Fans have expected more of the first announcement, but it clearly shows that B’z is gearing up for a couple of live shows this year! As for the CLUB-GYM, dates are probably going to be announced with the B’z PARTY website renewal, which has now been pushed back. The renewed website is now set to go live sometime between mid and end of April. Further information is expected to come with the new Be With! issue coming in the next weeks.
Just this Monday at noon, officials over at Vermillion Records have updated B’z Official Website to show a countdown instead of the previous “introduction movie”. The countdown is set to reach ZERO this Wednesday, April 5th at noon in Japan. At the same time, further information on upcoming B’z activities should be revealed. Most notably, more light could be shed on the upcoming CLUB-GYM that has been hinted at on the fanclub website B’z PARTY for some time now. The renewed B’z PARTY website is also expected to go live at the same time.
As for information on upcoming singles or a possible album, fans have been speculating if the “01” at the top of the countdown has any meaning as to whether this is the first of several announcements to come. Check back here on Wednesday to not miss a single bit of news on upcoming B’z activities!