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Nearly two full years since the close of their last tour, B’z will soon embark on the as-yet untitled B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018! The tour will serve to promote the band’s upcoming twentieth studio album which is expected to be announced and released in late fall or early winter. The title for the 18-stop tour will likewise be announced alongside the album, and may come around August when the band are playing their currently scheduled music festival showings.
This is the third time the band have staged a cross-year tour, following LIVE-GYM ’90~’91 “RISKY” and LIVE-GYM ’91~’92 “IN THE LIFE”. It is also not unlikely the band will revive “Itsuka no Merry Christmas” for the first time since LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon- for the December showings.
The dates announced today are as follows:
Dec. 14/16/17 — Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Dec. 23/24 — Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome
Dec. 30/31 — Nagoya Dome
Jan. 7/8 — Tokyo Dome
Jan. 13/14 — Saitama Super Arena (※Performed as a Dome showing)
Jan. 20/21 — Sun Dome Fukui
Jan. 27/28 — Sekisui Heim Super Arena
Feb. 1/3/4 — Kyocera Dome Osaka
The duration of LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 may not appear in line with comparatively massive undertakings like LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- and LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- that toured smaller and larger venues alike. While there will certainly be a LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 that picks up where this leaves off next year, it’s worth noting that 2002’s “GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~” also spanned 18 shows, LIVE-GYM 2003 “BIG MACHINE” was just 12, “MONSTER’S GARAGE” in 2006 was only 17, and “Ain’t No Magic” from 2010 was played over 19 dates.
Over two years have passed since the home video release of B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 ENDLESS SUMMER -XXV BEST-. The band has had their share of singles, albums, and solo works in the interim, but it is with the recently-released B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- that the band makes their big return to the live stage on DVD and Blu-ray.
Today, we have for you an exhaustive review and report on the band’s latest release. Please be advised that this review is written to be mostly as spoiler-free as possible with regard to the specific surprises of the show, but the song inclusions and beat-by-beat moments are discussed at length. Additionally, translations and summaries of Koshi’s dialogue with the band and the audience are included for those seeking clarification.
Read on to see exactly what awaits in the band’s latest home video offering and feel free to offer your own thoughts as well.
One day prior to official release 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 has debuted on #1 in the general Blu-ray and on #2 in the general DVD daily ranking at Oricon. Furthermore, the band has as usual released a message for their fans to celebrate their latest release.
There’s less than a week left until the release of B’z latest live tour「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 on DVD and Blu-ray. A digest video detailing all performances included in the release has today been made available on the band’s official YouTube channel. We have mirrored it here for your viewing pleasure!
With about two weeks left until the release of the home video of their 2015 tour 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 on DVD and Blu-ray, the commercial made its TV debut during the broadcast of Detective Conan last Saturday. This version of the commercial features songs 「Uchouten」, 「RED」 and 「Las Vegas」. Check it out!
The 2015 tour that saw B’z play forty shows in five months is at last coming to home video! 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 is scheduled for release on home video February 24th, 2016 and will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray with a retail price of 6,800 yen. The 153-minute video captures the tour finale from July 26th at Nagoya Dome for the first time.
The tour, which came in support of their nineteenth album EPIC DAY, featured an eclectic setlist with revivals of several classic songs from years long past. The video naturally features a great many home video premieres, including for “Uchouten”, “Las Vegas”, “NO EXCUSE”, “Amari ni mo”, “Exit To The Sun”, “Black Coffee”, “Kimi wo Ki ni Shinai Hi Nado”, “Man Of The Match”, and the eponymous “EPIC DAY”. Popular hit single “RED” opens the show and will see its video debut on this release alongside 1994 B-side “YOU&I“, which had not been played live since 2000’s Pleasure LIVE-GYM “juice”.
One special inclusion in the release is the bluesy acoustic version of “ZERO” played in the middle of the show, which otherwise has not been played with such a revision. The high-energy setlist includes other singles “BURN -Fumetsu no Face-” and “Atsuki Kodou no Hate“, which both could only previously be found on one home release each (LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION- and 2002’s “GREEN”, respectively). Fellow GREEN song “Blue Sunshine” likewise returns since the tour of the same name
“TIME” returns for the first time since 2010’s “Ain’t No Magic”, while newfound fan-favorite “HEAT” sees its first performance during a mainline LIVE-GYM. Another beloved gem “Swimmer yo!!” also sees only its third inclusion on a home video. Staple singles “Ai no Bakudan“, “ultra soul“, and “Ichibu to Zenbu” round out the setlist.
B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-