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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 Tour Title Announced: “HINOTORI”!

Posted on April 9, 2018

The thirtieth anniversary tour, B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018, finally has a title: HINOTORI. Translating to “Phoenix”, this is the first time in which a mainline B’z tour has included a Japanese word in its title. Given the precedent in both 2008 and 2013, one could reasonably expect a new song entitled “HINOTORI” to be included during the shows.

The tour’s proper logo has not yet been unveiled but should follow in the months ahead, along with information on the band’s thirtieth anniversary releases. B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- begins on July 7 at the Okinawa Convention Center and runs through September 21 and 22 at Ajinomoto Stadium. A home video release should reasonably follow in January or February of 2018.

Analog Vinyl LPs of All 20 B’z Studio Albums Available Exclusively at 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Posted on March 26, 2018

In commemoration of B’z 30th anniversary, it has been announced that all twenty original studio albums will be available on analog vinyl LPs for a limited print run. For the duration of the exhibition, they will be sold exclusively at the venue where B’z 30th anniversary exhibition “SCENES” is held. The FAQ reveals that select merchandise / items may also be available for purchase on-line or through other channels once the exhibition wraps up on June 15. Furthermore, a valid ticket is not required to enter the shop and buy the merchandise.

Each of the albums features an LP-size sleeve with their original album cover on it. Each album will cost 5,000 Yen — with the exception of The 7th Blues, which will cost 8,000 Yen. As a special present for purchasing one copy, one receives a “clear file holder” with the cover of the corresponding album that was purchased printed on it. Additionally, one receives a special voucher per purchase. Once five vouchers have been collected, it is possible to receive a special B’z-themed LP storage cardboard box, which can fit up to 13 LPs depending on the thickness of their package.

For more information check out the post on B’z Official Website.

B’z 30th anniversary exhibition “SCENES” is scheduled to run from April 1, 2018 to June 15, 2018.


B’z x WOWOW Special Program to Start Airing in April

Posted on March 20, 2018

Japanese pay-TV channel WOWOW is going to air a series of B’z specials starting from April 12, 2018 to commemorate the band’s 30th anniversary. The first in the series to air on April 12 will feature the band’s history from their debut in 1988 to the year just before their 15th anniversary — 2002. In addition, they will present live footage of all the singles released within that time frame. Furthermore, the program will provide an early look at the upcoming 30th anniversary exhibition titled “SCENES”. Further special programs will be announced on the channel’s dedicated WOWOW x B’z webpage.

WOWOW has previously aired a special program commemorating their 25th anniversary titled “ONLY TWO” in 2012.

B’z 30th Year Beginning with Tokyo Exhibition, Anniversary Tie-ins

Posted on December 12, 2017

To commemorate their thirtieth year on the music scene, a large-scale B’z exhibition titled “SCENES” will be held in Tokyo and feature memorabilia spanning their entire career. The exhibition will be split into two halves: a first term covering 1988-2002 and a second half covering 2003-2018. In addition to original stage costumes worn at the time, Tak’s favored guitars as well as photographs and images being seen for the first time will be shown. Various treasured belongings of the members will appear as well.

In 2006, the band held an exhibition at LIVE-GYM venues titled “Treasure Land”. This included clothing and props used throughout their various tours to that point. The “SCENES” exhibition will be the first time in which such an event is open to the public.

Additionally, as part of the “B’z 30th Year” promotions, the band will be involved in thirty separate tie-in promotions with thirty different companies, including a B’z-themed version of The Game of Life board game which celebrates its fiftieth year in Japan next year. Others include B’z specific items from apparel brand New Era and American leather outlet Schott.

B’z Loud-Gym September Report & Second Event Revealed

Posted on September 24, 2017

As previously announced at the end of July, the first ever B’z Loud-Gym—a monthly fan-centric meetup at numerous clubs and bars around Japan—will continue meeting monthly at various venues around Japan. At each gathering, specially-tailored live footage will be showcased for attendees. The theme for the second gathering will be “IN YOUR TOWN NIGHT”, but first we have details on the September event that took place on September 21.

At the September event dubbed “GREETING NIGHT”, previously unreleased footage from B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town- was shown amidst a slew of classic live concert moments featured as part of B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX:

B’z Loud-Gym #1 ~GREETING NIGHT~ Setlist
[September 2017]

Introduction by Tak & Koshi —
3. Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni Boku wa Kimi Dake wo KizutsukenaiB’z LIVE-GYM ’93 “RUN”
4. Hadashi no Megami B’z LIVE-GYM ’93 “RUN”
5. BLOWIN’B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure’92 “TIME”
6. Don’t Leave MeB’z LIVE-GYM ’94 “THE 9TH BLUES -Part2-“
7. NegaiB’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure’95 “BUZZ!!”
8. love me, I love you B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure’95 “BUZZ!!”
9. LOVE PHANTOMB’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure’95 “BUZZ!!”
10. Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~B’z LIVE-GYM ’96 “Spirit LOOSE”
11. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 “ELEVEN”
12. MayB’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 “juice”
13. juiceB’z LIVE-GYM 2001 “ELEVEN”
14. RINGB’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 “juice”
15. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 “Brotherhood”
16. MOVEB’z LIVE-GYM ’96 “Spirit LOOSE”
17. Atsuki Kodou no HateB’z LIVE-GYM 2002 “GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~”
18. IT’S SHOWTIME!!B’z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure “IT’S SHOWTIME!!”
20. Ai no BakudanB’z LIVE-GYM 2005 “CIRCLE OF ROCK”
21. Ichibu to ZenbuB’z LIVE-GYM 2010 “Ain’t No Magic”
22. MY LONELY TOWN ★Unreleased★ Bʻz SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town-
23. ultra soul★Unreleased★ Bʻz SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town-

Second Event: “IN YOUR TOWN NIGHT”

The second event scheduled for October and given the moniker “IN YOUR TOWN NIGHT” seems like it will live up to the distinction. There, audio from this year’s B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- will be played for attendees. Specifically, the audio recorded at the July 26 show at the Biwako Concert Hall in Shiga Prefecture will be presented. This may bode well for those hoping for the tour to receive the home video treatment in the future and possibly may signal some inclusion as bonus footage on a future release, such as the upcoming studio album DINOSAUR.

B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- Setlist
[July 26, 2017]

1. Seimei
2. Liar! Liar!
3. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo
4. GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku-
5. Uchouten
7. Hi
9. Hadashi no Megami
11. Ichibu to Zenbu
12. ONE
13. Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru
14. Shoudou
15. juice
16. girigiri chop
17. ultra soul
19. Still Alive

A list of all venues participating in the October 2017 event can be found on the official website.

B’z New Album DINOSAUR Out November 29!
LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” Confirmed

Posted on September 20, 2017

Over two full years have passed since the release of the band’s nineteenth studio album EPIC DAY, and now, we finally have the title of the long-teased follow-up! The new album, titled DINOSAUR, is launching in two months with a release date of November 29, 2017! The announcement and a tease of what is to come can be heard in the video below:

Additionally, the previously-reported 2017-2018 LIVE-GYM tour finally has its own appropriately tongue-in-cheek title as well: B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”. The tour will kick off in December and be the first of their 30th anniversary year. Recurring support members Shane Gaalaas (Drums), Barry Sparks (Bass), Takanobu Masuda (Keyboards), and Yoshinobu Ogha (Guitar) will be again returning.

The album’s tracklisting as well as any special offers that will accompany its release will be revealed in the near future.