B’z have wrapped up their 30th year with a pair of fanclub-only performances in Hawaii. The show was performed over two days at two separate venues with the second also being streamed live to Japanese theaters.
The eighteen-song setlist included fan favorites from the anniversary tour that completed its run a week earlier but reshuffled. Most importantly, the shows featured the returns of numerous longtime fan requests. Some dated back to appearances 27 years ago.
The setlist has been posted below, no home video release has been announced at this time but it is possible the show could be packaged with an eventual release of B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- sometime next year.
Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba appeared as scheduled for the September 24 concert for another Japanese rock band, LOUDNESS.
The two have been associated for years and featured on each other’s works for a long time including their bassist Masayoshi Yamashita performing with Tak on his 2016 solo tour The Voyage. In a 2013 special live show, on the fifth anniversary of the band’s drummer Munetaka Higuchi‘s passing, B’z included a cover of the LOUDNESS song “Crazy Nights” in their own setlist.
For the LOUDNESS & FRIENDS event held today, Tak appeared on stage during “Crazy Nights” while Koshi appeared separately for “Crazy Doctor”. This was chosen because of it being a favorite of Koshi with footage existing of him covering it in his youth.
The band talked about their experiences in the past 30 years, starting from their first live performance in 1989 and guitarist Tak Matsumoto mentioning how thankful they are to B’z fans throughout all these years.
Two more T-shirts were produced exclusively for each day of the finale. September 21 consists of a red T-shirt with the numbers 321 and the word Pleasure visible. While the September 22 “Final” black T-shirt contains a picture of B’z with “LET’S ROCK HARD” listed underneath:
In addition, the band posted an image confirming that a new album is under production, with also a LIVE-GYM tour planned for 2019:
Finally, WOWOW has announced that the HINOTORI finale will be broadcast on WOWOW Prime on November 24, 2018.
The B’z Instagram page includes several images taken from the finale.
The full setlist for today’s performance along with changes to the setlist is posted below, to avoid spoilers, along with tallies on when each song was last played live. In addition, notes are also included on changes to the setlists for the three performances this week.
On the first day (September 6) of the Toyota Stadium performance, one song in the encore portion was cut. Vocalist Koshi Inaba apologized on stage, stating “I’m sorry I’m not in perfect condition”. On the second day (September 8), a total of three songs were cut. While on the third day (September 9), two songs were revived with only song cut again.
The full setlist for today’s performance along with changes to the setlist is posted below, to avoid spoilers for those attending the shows, along with tallies on when each song was last played live. In addition, notes are also included on changes to the setlists for the three performances this week.
On the second of the Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome performance, due to persisting issues with vocalist Koshi Inaba’s voice, two songs were cut from the setlist.
The full setlist for today’s performance along with changes to the setlist is posted below, to avoid spoilers for those attending the shows, along with tallies on when each song was last played live.
An all-new B’z song entitled “Majestic” is now serving as the theme to a new Glico Japan Pocky commercial, depicting the parent-child relationship of the fictional Akai family, with Pocky as its main focus. The commercial will begin airing in Japan from September 4, 2018.
An Instagram account has also been created, showcasing the daily life of the Akai family.
Shorter 15 second and 30 second versions of the commercial are also available for viewing below.