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LIVE DINOSAUR Blu-ray & DVD Commercial On-Air! [UPDATE]

Posted on June 24, 2018
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The first promotional material for B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” on Blu-ray & DVD has just been aired on Japanese television. As shown above, the commercial utilizes the audio from “Akai Kawa” in its debut appearance on home video.

As previously reported, both the two-disc DVD and single disc Blu-ray packages will be available on July 4, 2018, for a price of 6,800 Yen ($61.28 USD) with 21 songs performed in all—thirteen of which are making their home video debuts!

UPDATE: A second commercial is now airing with glimpses at even more songs and footage.

Pre-order DVD Edition: CDJapan / Amazon.co.jp

Pre-order Blu-ray Edition: CDJapan / Amazon.co.jp

B’z Double Feature Screening in Japanese Theaters This Summer

Posted on May 24, 2018
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As part of the band’s 30th anniversary exhibition, “SCENES“, fans were given the opportunity to attend screenings of two presentations: B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Home Town- and Behind the Scene: The 29th Year. The former tracks Tak and Koshi as they perform in both of their hometowns as part of B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-. The latter recounts the recording of DINOSAUR and acts as a backstage pass to their time during B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”.

Each feature was set to be available only as part of the exhibit but due to its pre-sale tickets for screenings selling out long before it opened, the band has decided to do a double feature in Japanese theaters, nationwide, from June 15 to September 22. Participating theaters and screening dates can be viewed on the official website.

Though no announcement has yet been made, we expect a home video release that likely will combine the two and possibly arrive in November or December. Upcoming 30th anniversary tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- should likewise receive a home release in January or February of 2019. Naturally, it is possible all three could be collected into a single package around the same time instead.

B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” on DVD & Blu-ray July 4, 2018!

Posted on May 22, 2018
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Some five months after the close of the tour, we finally have confirmation of the first release for the B’z 30th year commemoration: B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” on DVD & Blu-ray! Their most recent tour, the eighteen-date stand featured all but one song from the titular twentieth studio album DINOSAUR alongside a slew of classics including “ultra soul“, “BANZAI“, and “MOTEL“.

Recent double A-side single tracks “Seimei” and “Still Alive” were likewise joined by the long-awaited return of 1997 single “FIREBALL” after lying dormant for fifteen years. The 1994 album ballad “Akai Kawa” from The 7th Blues receives similar treatment as it not only makes its home video debut but also is performed for the first time in twenty-three years!

As previously reported, the taping was done at the Saitama Super Arena.on January 13 and 14. Both the two-disc DVD and single disc Blu-ray packages will be available on July 4, 2018, for a price of 6,800 Yen ($61.28 USD) with 21 songs performed in all—thirteen of which are making their home video debuts!

B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” on DVD & Blu-ray
Release: July 4, 2018 (6800 Yen)

Pre-order DVD Edition: CDJapan / Amazon.co.jp

Pre-order Blu-ray Edition: CDJapan / Amazon.co.jp

1. Seimei
2. CHAMP
3. Kodoku no Runaway
4. Haruka
5. Rooftop
6. FIREBALL
7. MOTEL
8. Akai Kawa
9. SKYROCKET
10. Sore Demo Yappari
11. Itoshiki Yuurei
12. Yowai Otoko
13. Purple Pink Orange
14. Ichibu to Zenbu
15. DIVE
16. Dinosaur
17. King Of The Street
18. Fukiarenasai
19. Still Alive
20. ultra soul
21. BANZAI

Denotes a song receiving its home video debut

B’z will again be touring later this year for B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- with the first date coming three days after the release of today’s home video package. The tour will run through a two-night event at
Ajinomoto Stadium where B’z famously performed with American rock legends Aerosmith in 2002.

Gibson to Release Reissued Tak Matsumoto Signature Les Paul?

Posted on February 6, 2018
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In recent live appearances, including those for television and as part of B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”, Tak Matsumoto has utilized a litany of guitars from his massive collection. This includes several of his signature models from the Gibson Custom Shop, but an inclusion that caught particular attention was what appeared to be the 1999 Gibson Les Paul Tak Matsumoto signature guitar in Canary Yellow. This was unusual because the guitar was last used as part of B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 “ELEVEN” and has not seen the live stage in the years since.

Distinguished music webzine Barks today published their customary report on the equipment used by Tak during the tour. Along with specifying the guitars used for each song along with the amplifiers and effectors, there are accompanying images of the exact instruments played. Most interestingly, the photoshoot did not include the aforementioned Canary Yellow signature, nor did it identify the guitar by a specific name. A blurb accompanying the article explains the omission thusly:

“Although it was not possible to photograph due to being a prototype, a Gibson Les Paul signature model in Canary Yellow was used during four songs. This appears to be a different model from that used in the past, so stay tuned for additional information in the future.”

Tak’s history with Gibson guitars dates back to the early 1990s. In 1994, after B’z had topped the Japanese music industry, Tak became the owner of an extremely valuable guitar: an original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, serial number #9-1156. The instrument, now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, is not used live as a precaution but has been used during recording over the years. A reproduction of this guitar was made as a limited edition for the Japanese market in 2016.

Left: Tak Matsumoto in promotional photo for his first Gibson Les Paul Signature in 1999.
Right: Autographed edition of the guitar donated to the Hard Rock Cafe in Japan.

By 1999, after B’z made headlines with B’z The Best “Pleasure” becoming the best-selling album in the country’s history and its similarly successful companion B’z The Best “Treasure”, Gibson approached Tak with the prospect of becoming their latest Les Paul signature artist, and the first from Asia. In time, Tak has become the guitarist with the most signature instruments produced by Gibson.

Whether the guitar will be reproduced and released akin to his past signatures or is a limited reissue prepared to commemorate the band’s thirtieth anniversary has not been confirmed.

B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 Announced

Posted on February 4, 2018
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B’z have just wrapped up the final date of B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” in Osaka with a surprise announcement taking place straight after the members left the stage — an upcoming Pleasure tour!

The band’s official website has also been updated with the dates of B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018, with a two-day special fan club event taking place in Hawaii on September 28 and 29, titled “B’z PARTY Presents Pleasure in Hawaii”. The two-day event will include a talk session and an exclusive concert. A new video has also been posted to coincide with these announcements.

The full setlist of the Osaka finale is posted after the break to avoid spoilers.

B’z LIVE-GYM PLEASURE 2018 Tour Dates

2018/07/07 Okinawa Convention Center
2018/07/08 Okinawa Convention Center
2018/07/14 Sekisui Heim Super Arena
2018/07/15 Sekisui Heim Super Arena
2018/07/21 Ecopa Arena
2018/07/22 Ecopa Arena
2018/07/28 Hiroshima Green Arena
2018/07/29 Hiroshima Green Arena
2018/08/04 Nissan Stadium
2018/08/05 Nissan Stadium
2018/08/11 Ehime Prefecture Budokan
2018/08/12 Ehime Prefecture Budokan
2018/08/22 Sapporo Dome
2018/08/28 Nagano Big Hat
2018/09/01 Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome
2018/09/02 Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome
2018/09/06 Toyota Stadium
2018/09/08 Toyota Stadium
2018/09/09 Toyota Stadium
2018/09/15 Yanmar Stadium Nagai
2018/09/16 Yanmar Stadium Nagai
2018/09/21 Ajinomoto Stadium
2018/09/22 Ajinomoto Stadium

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B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” Filmed in Saitama

Posted on January 25, 2018
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Fans that attended the band’s January 14 LIVE-GYM show at the Saitama Super Arena were greeted with an announcement as they entered that the show would be filmed. This was the second of two shows at the venue, with the band performing the same setlist on both nights as well as wearing the same on-stage outfits. This marked the first time during the tour that the two power ballads early in the setlist that had been alternated throughout remained constant for consecutive shows.

Most likely, pick-up shots were also filmed as a precaution on the first night in the event additional footage was needed during editing. This was similarly the case with B’z LIVE-GYM 2006 “MONSTER’S GARAGE” and its celebrated home video release. The show was primarily filmed at Tokyo Dome, but certain portions from their showings at Nagoya Dome and Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome were supplemented as well.

A home video release of B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” is expected to follow later this year, in May, June, or July. To avoid spoilers for those attending the remaining shows, the setlist for the prospective home video is preserved below.
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