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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.
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
A long-awaited update on the official website has given us our first glimpse at B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR” in the form of the tour’s logo. The tour kicks off in Hokkaido on December 14 and will span eighteen total shows. The finale will come at Kyocera Dome Osaka in mid February over three nights and may be the subject to filming for their next home video. Notably, this is their first tour since B’z LIVE-GYM ’91~’92 “IN THE LIFE” to span two years and the first to take place in winter since the comparably lengthy B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon-.
The titular album, DINOSAUR, is due out in two weeks on November 29, 2017 and can be pre-ordered internationally from the retailers below:
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.
Nearly two full years since the close of their last tour, B’z will soon embark on the as-yet untitled B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018! The tour will serve to promote the band’s upcoming twentieth studio album which is expected to be announced and released in late fall or early winter. The title for the 18-stop tour will likewise be announced alongside the album, and may come around August when the band are playing their currently scheduled music festival showings.
This is the third time the band have staged a cross-year tour, following LIVE-GYM ’90~’91 “RISKY” and LIVE-GYM ’91~’92 “IN THE LIFE”. It is also not unlikely the band will revive “Itsuka no Merry Christmas” for the first time since LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon- for the December showings.
The dates announced today are as follows:
Dec. 14/16/17 — Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Dec. 23/24 — Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome
Dec. 30/31 — Nagoya Dome
Jan. 7/8 — Tokyo Dome
Jan. 13/14 — Saitama Super Arena (※Performed as a Dome showing)
Jan. 20/21 — Sun Dome Fukui
Jan. 27/28 — Sekisui Heim Super Arena
Feb. 1/3/4 — Kyocera Dome Osaka
The duration of LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 may not appear in line with comparatively massive undertakings like LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- and LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- that toured smaller and larger venues alike. While there will certainly be a LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 that picks up where this leaves off next year, it’s worth noting that 2002’s “GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~” also spanned 18 shows, LIVE-GYM 2003 “BIG MACHINE” was just 12, “MONSTER’S GARAGE” in 2006 was only 17, and “Ain’t No Magic” from 2010 was played over 19 dates.
Over two years have passed since the home video release of B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 ENDLESS SUMMER -XXV BEST-. The band has had their share of singles, albums, and solo works in the interim, but it is with the recently-released B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- that the band makes their big return to the live stage on DVD and Blu-ray.
Today, we have for you an exhaustive review and report on the band’s latest release. Please be advised that this review is written to be mostly as spoiler-free as possible with regard to the specific surprises of the show, but the song inclusions and beat-by-beat moments are discussed at length. Additionally, translations and summaries of Koshi’s dialogue with the band and the audience are included for those seeking clarification.
Read on to see exactly what awaits in the band’s latest home video offering and feel free to offer your own thoughts as well.