B’z is kicking off the New Year of 2019 by posting an image with the hashtag #Bz2019 on Twitter and Instagram. On the same day, fans around Japan have also spotted B’z concert dates being advertised in their local cities.
Although there is no official announcement from the band yet, fans have compiled a preliminary list of dates spotted throughout Japan. However, details regarding the exact venue in which the concerts will take place is still under wraps. The following is a list of dates found so far, with the tour currently slated to run from June to September 2019:
B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 Tour Dates
Update 03/01/2019: Added dates for Fukui, Yokohama, Saitama and Gunma (a total of 36 dates)
Kagoshima – 6/8 (Sat), 9 (Sun)
Mie – 6/14 (Fri), 15 (Sat)
Kobe – 6/19 (Wed), 20 (Thu), 22 (Sat), 23 (Sun)
Fukui – 6/28 (Fri), 29 (Sat)
Osaka – 7/3 (Wed), 5 (Fri), 6 (Sat)
Yokohama – 7/9 (Tue), 10 (Wed)
Nagoya – 7/16 (Tue), 18 (Thu), 19 (Fri)
Ehime – 7/26 (Fri), 27 (Sat)
Saitama – 7/30 (Tue), 31 (Wed)
Fukuoka – 8/3 (Sat), 4 (Sun)
Miyagi – 8/8 (Thu), 10 (Sat), 11 (Sun)
Gunma – 8/24 (Sat), 25 (Sun)
Sapporo – 8/30 (Fri), 31 (Sat)
Chiba – 9/3 (Tue), 4 (Wed)
Hiroshima – 9/7 (Sat), 8 (Sun)
Fukuoka – 9/10 (Tue)
The latest song from the to-be-revealed 2019 B’z Studio Album has been announced with the title “Tsuwamono, Hashiru” (or “Soldier, Run”). It is currently featured in a Lipovitan D energy drink ad campaign for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan.
Another all-new B’z song titled “WOLF” will be used in the Japanese series Suits as the theme song. The drama, a remake of the U.S. series by the same title, had its first airing October 8 on Fuji TV with the song playing at the end.
No release date is announced for the song but it should appear on the 2019 studio album announced weeks ago.
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.