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B’z History Vignette: “1989”

Posted on August 16, 2017
News

With the dawn of the band’s 30th anniversary year and the release of B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX looming, the official B’z website has changed its splash page to one that will support yearly vignettes for the band’s long history. The second, for 1989, covers “Kimi no Naka de Odoritai“, OFF THE LOCK, and BAD COMMUNICATION and can be viewed below:

B’z History Vignette: “1988”

Posted on August 15, 2017
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With the dawn of the band’s 30th anniversary year and the release of B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX looming, the official B’z website has changed its splash page to one that will support yearly vignettes for the band’s long history. The first, for their debut year of 1988, is now available via a YouTube embed and can be viewed below:

B’z Festival Appearances Completed!
RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL & ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL (08.05 / 08.11)

Posted on August 11, 2017
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The summer touring for B’z has only just come to an end, and we first bring you news on their appearances at RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 in EZO and the ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017. As expected, the setlist used for both shows were truncated for the abbreviated stage time compared to earlier dates for B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-.

Given the shows have already completed, the setlist is preserved below:

B’z Summer 2017 Festival Appearance Setlists
[August 5 & 11, 2017]

1. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
2. Liar! Liar!
3. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo
4. Uchouten
5. Hadashi no Megami
6. Ichibu to Zenbu
7. Still Alive
8. Shoudou
9. juice
10. girigiri chop
11. ultra soul

It is not uncommon for B’z to include recent singles that would appeal specifically to festival-goers as well as their perennial hits for such occasions, as opposed to the fan-centric SHOWCASE outings. The band’s appearance for SUMMER SONIC 09, for example, spanned thirteen songs—all thirteen of which were singles.

Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas to Perform in Shanghai on August 26

Posted on August 5, 2017
Koshi Inaba News

The international show teased by Stevie Salas back in June has finally been confirmed. On August 26, Koshi Inaba and Salas will play what could be the final date in support of their collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE with a stop in Shanghai! The showing was favored as the foremost contender for the international show given that INABA/SALAS will already be performing at SUMMER SONIC in Tokyo and Osaka the previous week. The duo will appear alongside Japanese visual kei act Luna Sea and Scottish rock outfit The Fratellis on the Marine Stage in the event’s inaugural performances.

This is Koshi’s first international performance since B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- wrapped in Los Angeles five years ago. This is not his first time performing outside of Japan in Asia, however: in 2001, B’z performed in both Hong Kong and Taipei. B’z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001 lasted for one date each in both, with the setlist essentially making it an honorary Pleasure LIVE-GYM.

Tour Goods for Upcoming Festival Appearances Announced

Posted on August 2, 2017
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The official B’z website has just posted glimpses of the tour goods that will be on sale for the band’s appearances at RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 in EZO on August 5 and ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017 on August 11. The list leads off with a themed muffler towel and is followed by rubber bands in various colors available at each venue.

Tak’s Contribution to Shizuka Kudo Album Previewed

Posted on August 1, 2017
Tak Matsumoto News

As we previously reported back in June, Tak Matsumoto has recently contributed all new music to the upcoming solo album Rin (凛, Cold) from Shizuka Kudo. The release is due out on August 30—the same day as B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX—and today further information has been announced.

The song written by Tak has been titled “Mitsu to Toge” (蜜と棘, Honey and Thorns). Arrangement was handled by Yukihide “YT” Takiyama, who was first credited on a B’z release as co-arranger with Tak and Koshi on “Seimei” earlier this year. The lyrics were penned by Shizuka Ijuin, a noted fiction writer and lyricist in Japan.

Below is a brief preview of the resulting song along with a comment by Kudo:

For more information on the times Tak and B’z have written songs for other artists, check out our featured article “The B’z Songs Written for Other Artists“.