B’z “ACTION” CLOSE-UP Interview

Posted on April 14, 2008 by Tobias in News

This is a subtitled version of a CLOSE-UP interview with B'z on a Japan Countdown concerning their latest album, "ACTION". The broadcast date of this show dates back to December 2007, so don't be surprised. The translation is provided by us here at OFF THE LOCK, so please enjoy.

Stay tuned for future subtitled interviews and features!

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B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 “ACTION”: Nagano Big Hat Public Tickets

Posted on April 14, 2008 by Tobias in News

If you happen to not be a B'z PARTY member, you likely already know you can't buy ''ACTION'' tickets before fanclub members. If you wish to attend an ACTION concert — namely the one detailed below — you can read more below.

As of this writing, there are still ''ACTION'' tickets available for the concerts in the "Nagano Big Hat" venue on May 4th and May 5th.

Note: I do not believe you can buy tickets from outside Japan, so you'll likely need to arrange something with a friend overseas.


Nagano Big Hat
May 4th/May 5th, 2008

18:00 Start (May 4th)
17:00 Start (May 5th)

Ticket Price: 8000 Yen (~$80 / ~50€)

Tickets available at:

Lawson Ticket (May 4th Tickets No Longer Available) (L-Code: 74807)
Pia (Both dates still available) (P-Code: 288-513)
E-Plus (May 4th Tickets No Longer Available)

B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 ”ACTION” (Hall Tour)

Posted on April 13, 2008 by Tobias in News

B'z LIVE-GYM 2008 The following lists every set B'z has played for the first half of the "ACTION" tour (the hall tour, which involves smaller venues). When the tour resumes with the big arena tour on 4/19, we'll post the new setlist and update it regularly.

The titles in blue under venues denote what song was played in place of another from the previous set.

ACTION Album Review (12-05-07) by Jd-

Posted on April 6, 2008 by Jd- in News

There are consummate expectations for any major release anymore—music or otherwise. This is multiplied significantly for historical bands with a reputation for unmatched quality. Anything less than momentous can unduly impair the aforementioned expectations and damage the band’s credibility forever. Luckily, the sixteenth studio album release from Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba optimistically meets and exceeds all expectations.

ACTION is a charming package overall and has a sentimental value to it with it being the album to precede the overwhelming ''B'z 20'' campaign. The almost indefinable quality of the album seems to be that each of the songs are so well constructed that each and every one simply demands your attention. No matter what playlist you add the songs from this album to, you'll be drawn to them immediately.

It seems only fitting that ACTION would be released just before the 20th anniversary campaign, given that each track is reminiscent of the olden days of classic, rhythmic rock—a tone you’ll very rarely find in modern music. It should come as no surprise to see the catalyzing effect each quality track has on the record. Any listener even remotely familiar with B'z will immediately find themselves right at home.