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B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 Venues Confirmed & New Support Members

Posted on January 24, 2019
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B’z have announced the details for their upcoming 2019 LIVE-GYM tour that will support their 2019 Studio Album. Because the album has not been fully announced, the title for the tour isn’t available either.

The tour will also mark the departures of the band’s longtime support members: Shane Gaalaas on Drums (with the band since 2002), Barry Sparks on Bass (with B’z from 2003, 2008-2018), Takanobu Masuda (1992-1997 & 1999-2018) on Keyboards, and Yoshinobu Ohga (2011-2018) on 2nd Guitar. The decision was made by the band in order to try a new sound for their 31st year. Fans on social media have been overwhelmingly supportive of the outgoing members with many hoping to see them with the band again in the near future.

In their places will be all-new support members who have not performed with the band before though some have worked with Tak and Koshi in various capacities in the studio:

B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 Support Members

Brian Tichy (Drums) : Original drummer for “juice“, played drums on most tracks of the Tak Matsumoto Group‘s first album TMG I, and contributed to Tak’s 2016 solo album enigma.

Mohini Dey (Bass) : 21-year-old Indian internet sensation who has been endorsed by Steve Vai. This is her first participation with B’z or Tak/Koshi solo activity.

Sam Pomanti (Keyboards) : Provided backing vocals for “Rooftop” and “SKYROCKET” on DINOSAUR.

Yukihide “YT” Takiyama (2nd Guitar) : Contributed arrangement and recording to all but one song on DINOSAUR and some backing vocals.

B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 Venues

Kagoshima Arena – 6/8 (Sat), 9 (Sun)
Mie Prefectural Sun Arena – 6/14 (Fri), 15 (Sat)
Kobe World Memorial Hall – 6/19 (Wed), 20 (Thu), 22 (Sat), 23 (Sun)
Sundome Fukui – 6/28 (Fri), 29 (Sat)
Osaka Jo Hall – 7/3 (Wed), 5 (Fri), 6 (Sat)
Yokohama Arena – 7/9 (Tue), 10 (Wed)
Zepp Nagoya – 7/16 (Tue), 18 (Thu), 19 (Fri)
Ehime Prefecture Budokan – 7/26 (Fri), 27 (Sat)
Saitama Super Arena – 7/30 (Tue), 31 (Wed)
Zepp Fukuoka – 8/3 (Sat), 4 (Sun)
Miyagi Sekisui Heim Super Arena – 8/8 (Thu), 10 (Sat), 11 (Sun)
Takasaki Arena (Gunma) – 8/24 (Sat), 25 (Sun)
Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena (Sapporo) – 8/30 (Fri), 31 (Sat)
Makuhari Messe Event Hall – 9/3 (Tue), 4 (Wed)
Hiroshima Green Arena – 9/7 (Sat), 8 (Sun)
Marine Messe Fukuoka – 9/10 (Tue)

B’z LIVE-GYM 2019 Dates Teased [Update 03/01/2019]

Posted on January 1, 2019
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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)

New Song “Tsuwamono, Hashiru” Featured in Rugby World Cup Ad

Posted on November 1, 2018
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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.

The song will be found on the album to be released in the first half of next year along with “WOLF” and “Majestic“.

New Song “WOLF” Featured in Suits Japan Remake

Posted on October 9, 2018
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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 LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- Setlist (09.22.2018)

Posted on September 22, 2018
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B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI-

B’z wraps with B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- with two dates in Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium.

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:

B'z 30th Year Thank You Message

B'z 30th Year Thank You Message

In addition, the band posted an image confirming that a new album is under production, with also a LIVE-GYM tour planned for 2019:

B'z 30th Year Thank You Message

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.

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New Song “Majestic” Featured in Pocky Commercial

Posted on September 1, 2018
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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.

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