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

Posted on January 25, 2018

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.

B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” Setlist (12.31.2017)

Posted on December 30, 2017

Just three days ago, B’z cut short a show at FM802 ROCK FESTIVAL RADIO CRAZY 2017 due to illness affecting Koshi’s throat as covered in a previous report. Today, the band have returned to the live stage in strong form at Nagoya Dome with a complete showing. Following the earlier cancellation, fans on Japanese social media encouraged Koshi to take a break and not push himself for the show performed here. The band performed two shows at the same venue, after which the band will have a one week break. Further dates will see the tour running through February 4, 2018 in Osaka.

A new unreleased song has also been used as an Ending SE since December 23rd, where it debuted during the Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome showing.

The full setlist is posted below to avoid spoilers for those attending the shows, along with tallies on when each song was last played live.


B’z Show at FM802 ROCK FESTIVAL Cut Short Due to Illness

Posted on December 29, 2017

The B’z appearance at FM802 ROCK FESTIVAL RADIO CRAZY 2017 yesterday was cut short due to illness. Koshi Inaba took the stage with the band as scheduled, but a hoarse throat led to a change of plans. The festival appearance was only set to run for fifty minutes, yet after the second song, Koshi signaled to drummer Shane Gaalaas to pause the performance.

It was apparent early that his usual voice was not intact, so after some apologies and leaving the stage, it was unclear if the band would be able to perform further. Some time later, the entire band reappeared and it was then Koshi was met with cheers of “It’s fine, it’s fine!” and “Don’t overdo it!” from fans in attendance. Koshi then said, “Sorry, I can’t let you hear that voice for the rest of the show. But I can sing a little more, if such a voice is okay? Please sing along!” This led to a loud chorus forming for the duration of both remaining songs.

After performing what would be the fourth and final number, Koshi promised to return in the future and bowed deeply before leaving the stage. A swell of support has manifested on Japanese social media in the wake of the event.

This is only the third B’z show in their history to see its setlist truncated, with the previous instances coming during 2000 and 2003 due to inclement weather. The latter, as part of B’z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure “IT’S SHOWTIME!!”, was cut short when the outdoor show was threatened by a typhoon. Five songs were left from the setlist that day, but performances from the previous night were substituted as part of the home video.

B’z are scheduled to perform on both December 30 and 31 at Nagoya Dome as part of B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”. To avoid spoilers for upcoming shows on the album tour, the brief setlist is included below.


B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” Setlist (12.14.2017)

Posted on December 14, 2017

B’z have just kicked off their latest tour B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” in support of latest studio album DINOSAUR! The first show took place in Hokkaido at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center. The tour will run through a February 4, 2018 date in Osaka.

The full setlist is posted below to avoid spoilers for those attending the shows, along with tallies on when each song was last played live.


“LIVE DINOSAUR” Tour Good Announced!

Posted on December 12, 2017

The tour goods for B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” have been revealed! The usual range of T-shirts, towels, and smart phone accessories are all accounted for and preserved below. The tour proper kicks off on December 14 in Hokkaido and runs through a three-night date at Kyocera Dome Osaka in February.

A home video of the tour is expected to be released in summer 2018.

Tour Brochure / Shopping Bag / Rubber Key Holder / Pick Key Holder / Tour Truck

Hand Towel / Smartphone Ring / Smartphone Pouch / Graphic Photo Towel / Muffler Towel


B’z Performing “Itsuka no Merry Christmas”, “Still Alive” on CDTV

Posted on December 10, 2017

It has just been announced that in two weeks, on Christmas Day, B’z will be performing on CDTV Special! Christmas Music Festival 2017. The nearly four-hour program will feature a variety of artists including not only B’z but BoA, Kana Nishino, and Back Number with more to be announced soon. The band will be showcasing their seminal Christmas classic “Itsuka no Merry Christmas” and recent single “Still Alive“.

The seasonal classic has been performed on television numerous times in the past—its last televised showing coming in 2005—and may be looking at an inclusion on this month’s B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”.