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

Posted on December 29, 2017
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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.

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

Posted on December 12, 2017
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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 Appearing at FM802 ROCK FESTIVAL RADIO CRAZY 2017

Posted on December 7, 2017
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Along with a litany of radio promotions surrounding the release, B’z will soon make another festival-sized live appearance at FM802 ROCK FESTIVAL RADIO CRAZY 2017 on December 28. The two day event will see B’z performing on the first day alongside Alexandros, 9mm Parabellum Bullet, Monoeyes, and back number amongst several others.

The show will take place at the 72,978 square meter INTEX Osaka exhibition center. It is currently unknown whether the show will be broadcast on television or radio in any form.

7-Eleven presents B’z PREMIUM LIVE at Zepp Osaka Bayside (12.05.2017)

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The second of two premium live concerts held as part of a 7-Eleven promotion has just wrapped in Japan. The show, which took place at the newly-minted Zepp Osaka Bayside, was identical to Tuesday’s appearance—with one older single making its first appearance since 2012! Also, two songs switched places in the setlist.

To avoid potential B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” spoilers for for those attending, we have preserved the full setlist after the break.

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7-Eleven presents B’z PREMIUM LIVE at Zepp Tokyo (12.05.2017)

Posted on December 5, 2017
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After a brief hiatus following B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- to finalize recording on DINOSAUR, B’z have returned to the live stage with tonight’s 7-Eleven presents B’z PREMIUM LIVE at Zepp Tokyo! The intimate venue’s capacity is just over 2,700 and was last played during B’z SHOWCASE 2007 -19-.

Entry to the show was determined via lottery amongst those that purchased and pre-ordered the premium release B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX. While today’s show took place in Tokyo, a second show will take place Thursday in Osaka, presumably with the same setlist.

Given that the aforementioned album’s titular tour is just over a week away, the event served as the live debut for many of its tracks. It also saw the return of a single not played in fifteen years, a beloved mini album song not heard since 2008, and the stage premiere of a certain digital single!

To avoid potential B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” spoilers for for those attending, we have preserved the full setlist after the break.

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

Posted on September 24, 2017
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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 —
1. LADY NAVIGATIONB’z LIVE-GYM 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-
2. ZEROB’z LIVE-GYM ’93 “RUN”
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!!”
19. OCEANB’z LIVE-GYM 2005 “CIRCLE OF ROCK”
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
6. SAFETY LOVE
7. Hi
8. GO-GO-GIRLS
9. Hadashi no Megami
10. MY LONELY TOWN
11. Ichibu to Zenbu
12. ONE
13. Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru
14. Shoudou
15. juice
16. girigiri chop
17. ultra soul
ENCORE
18. CHAMP
19. Still Alive

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