Tak Matsumoto has announced that he will provide the opening and ending themes to the TBS show "The World Heritage", which receives an overhaul commemorating its 20th anniversary. The first broadcast is scheduled for October 4th, 2015 at 6 PM Japanese Time.
While Tak Matsumoto has written themes for TV shows such as "Music Station" or "Sport!" in the past, this is the first time that Tak has written a song for a documentary show. The song titles as well as a release date for these two songs has not been revealed yet.
A short movie featuring Tak's new song has been posted on B'z official YouTube channel!
You can check out a very short portion of the opening theme song in the TV commercial below.
Koshi provides the theme song to the latest game in the highly acclaimed "Ryu Ga Gotoku"("Yakuza") series, called "Kiwami". Kiwami is essentially a full remake of the first "Ryu Ga Gotoku" game originally released on the PlayStation 2 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game series. The game will be available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on January 21, 2016. In addition to the theme song which is a new song (title unknown) , he also provides a re-imagined version of the Playstation 2 version theme song 「Receive You」 titled「Receive You [Reborn]」.
A release date for these two songs has yet to be announced. Check out the short trailer for the game below.
You can now check out Koshi's re-imagined version of "Receive You" called "Receive You [Reborn]" around the one minute mark in this new trailer!
The release date for the home video release of Koshi's 2014 solo tour 「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~」 has finally been announced. The show at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball is going to be out on DVD and Blu-ray on November 18th at a price of 6,480 Japanese Yen. Judging from the set list, the home video release will feature the final show of the tour, which was also broadcast across Japan in select theaters as part of a "live viewing" experience.
DVD & Blu-ray「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ～en-ball～」
01. Jimmy no Asa
Approx. run time: 150 Minutes
Release date: November 18th, 2015
Price: 6,480 Japanese Yen (includes tax)
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The band has announced that it will be performing at this year's TV Asahi Dream Festival, which celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. Their previous, and first, performance at the festival dates back to 2011. This year's rendition of the festival is held from November 21-23 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo. B'z will perform on the first day on November 21st. Tickets can be obtained through eplus from September 11 for 10,800 Yen per ticket.
Koshi Inaba's solo live tour from last year is finally seeing its release. The full show at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in November. No further details were given at this point.
Expect further information in September, as new releases are usually announced one and a half months in advance.
One and a half years after Koshi's last solo tour at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball, his new solo tour en III has been announced! The tour will run from January 16, 2016 to March 6, 2016 with the final three dates at the legendary Nippon Budokan.
Tickets will be available through the fanclub and ticket offices.
A date for when tickets go on sale hasn't been announced as of yet.
With the official announcement (previously fanclub only) of Koshi's latest solo tour, the tour logo as well as support members have been revealed!
Keyboards: Kosuke Oojima
Bass: Corey McCormick
Support Guitar: Duran
Support Guitar: JUON
General ticket sale starts November 28th, 2015.
Koshi Inaba Live 2016 ~en III~
January 16, 2016 — i-Messe Yamanashi
January 17, 2016 — i-Messe Yamanashi
January 22, 2016 — Miyagi Sekisui Heim Super Arena
January 30, 2016 — Sundome Fukui
February 6, 2016 — Hiroshima Green Arena
February 7, 2016 — Hiroshima Green Arena
February 11, 2016 — Nippon Gaishi Hall
February 12, 2016 — Nippon Gaishi Hall
February 17, 2016 — Marine Messe Fukuoka
February 22, 2016 — Kobe World Kinen Hall
February 23, 2016 — Kobe World Kinen Hall
February 27, 2016 — Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center
March 3, 2016 — Nippon Budokan
March 5, 2016 — Nippon Budokan
March 6, 2016 — Nippon Budokan
The first two shows of the additionally announced shows have come to a close! Expectations were high for said shows, as fans were expecting these shows to potentially turn into a treasure trove for rarely performed songs. Koshi also made clear in an MC, why they added these shows: "There was a huge gap between shows after the Ajinomoto Stadium show, so we called the Zepp venues, and they happened to be free!"
Furthermore, a funny scene played out during the show at Zepp Namba: Tak told the audience to tell somebody if they're feeling unwell. That somebody is going to come rescue them in that case. A fan in the crowd then shouted "Matsumoto-san! Please come rescue me!" to which Tak replied "I'm at work here... (laughs)".
Check out the setlists for both shows below.
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The official merchandise for the upcoming B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -epic night- shows has been announced. There will be one exclusive T-shirt featuring the -epic night- logo as well as Tak and Koshi. This T-shirt is sold exclusively at the B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -epic night- shows, and will not be available for purchase at the stadium shows. Furthermore, only said T-shirt and the charity mug are available for purchase at the -epic night- shows. No further merchandise is available.
The T-shirt costs 2,500 Yen and is available in sizes XS,S,M,L,XL.
B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -epic night-
June 18th — Zepp Namba (Osaka)
June 22nd — Zepp DiverCity (Tokyo)
July 14th — Zepp Nagoya
July 21st — Zepp Fukuoka
With its first week on sale drawing to a close, it has been confirmed that "RED" has become the latest B'z single to debut at the top of the Weekly Oricon Singles charts in Japan. The single sold over 157,000 copies in its first week.
This extends their record of consecutive number one singles to 48 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's nationwide tour titled B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- is currently underway.
ROCKROCK, the famous rock bar in Osaka, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The bar has been visited by countless rock bands touring Japan, including B'z. They are celebrating the anniversary with a special show called 「ROCK BEYOND ROCK」 held at Zepp Namba in Osaka on July 7. Japanese heavy-metal band LOUDNESS was the first act to be announced to headline the show. Today, B'z has been added to the lineup! General sale starts June 20.