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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- Setlist (07.22.2018)

Posted on July 22, 2018
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Ecopa Arena

B’z continues their tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI-, with two performances this weekend in Shizuoka at Ecopa Arena.

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

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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- Setlist (07.14.2018)

Posted on July 14, 2018
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Sekisui Heim Super Arena

B’z have kicked off their 30th anniversary commemorative tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- last Saturday. The first show took place in Okinawa at the Okinawa Convention Center, with a one-off B’z SHOWCASE 2018 -The Wall Of Rock- taking place 5 days prior at Ishigaki City Hall, serving as a warm-up to the main tour. The tour continued today with a performance at Sekisui Heim Super Arena, in Miyagi Prefecture. The tour finale will take place on September 21 and 22 in Ajinomoto Stadium, marking the 30th anniversary of the band.

Several well-known singles and fan favorites return as part of the tour, along with the debut of a brand new song.

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.

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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- Tour Goods Announced!

Posted on June 30, 2018
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The tour merchandise for B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- has just been revealed! Prices are much the same as before, with all variety of shirts coming in at 2,700 yen, the themed brochure at 3,000 yen, and numerous trinkets ranging from 600 to 2,000 yen.

Additional gacha dispenser items are also available, ranging from throwback items such as a “juice” and wristbands, including one limited to each venue. As usual, each attempt costs 500 yen. A charity pin styled after the tour logo will also be on sale for the same price with all proceeds going to ongoing earthquake disaster reconstruction throughout Japan.

Full pricing and sizing details for all of the tour’s merchandise can be found on the official website. Surplus items will be available on B’z The Store once the tour concludes in September of this year. Notably, leftover merchandise from the “SCENES” exhibition is available now from the store.

The list of tour-themed shirts, towels, keychains, and other wearable merchandise are all preserved after the break!
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First Preview of New Song “HINOTORI” & Exhibition Thank You!

Posted on June 17, 2018
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B’z have just posted a video entitled “Thank you all for coming to B’z 30th Year Exhibition” which features a preview of new song “HINOTORI”! The song, whose title serves as the basis to B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI-, is being unveiled in the video for the first time.

As part of the exhibit dubbed “SCENES”, preliminary lyrics and the first sheet of music were on display. In the audio guided tour, the band revealed the song is actually a sequel to 1995 single “LOVE PHANTOM“—thus explaining it being referred to as the song’s second opus on the sheet of music in Tak’s handwriting. The opening in the video when played backwards should sound appropriately familiar as a result. Too, the font used in the tour logo should appear similar when compared to the original single’s cover. Lastly, in the audio guide, it was mentioned that the song will be framed from the original female character’s point of view.

The committee in charge of the exhibition also posted on the official website a statement as part of the exhibition’s closing, which ended by concluding that while “SCENES” as an event has ended:

“Of course, this is not the end. B’z will continue into the future, in search of new scenery no one has yet seen.”

B’z will embark on their thirtieth anniversary tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- on July 7 at the Okinawa Convention Center and run through September 21 and 22 at Ajinomoto Stadium. A home video release should reasonably follow in January or February of 2019.

Ranking Every B’z Song’s Chances for Pleasure 2018

Posted on May 30, 2018
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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- will serve to commemorate the band’s thirtieth anniversary on the music scene and will culminate with a pair of performances to mark the exact date, on September 21 and 22. This is their tenth Pleasure outing in all—a moniker given to non-album tours that essentially serve the purpose of playing their best output without regard for a single era or recent release.

As part of a series of articles discussing the band’s catalogue to date, we are looking at which signature tracks we expect to hear on the live stage this year as well as those we think are probably not going to make an appearance. Additionally, we’ve taken guesses as to which lesser-heard songs may or may not make their way onto the setlist as well. Several different factors were weighed in judging each song’s chances, including how recently they’ve been performed, how recently they’ve made their way to home video, and the general unlikelihood certain songs would appear.

Naturally, this list is ultimately all conjecture. B’z always pack surprises into their setlists and we expect this year will be no different. Be sure to read beyond the break to see our Pleasure 2018 rankings for every song in the B’z catalogue!

Almost A Lock

100%HINOTORI New Song
99%Pleasure 2018 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~
99%Ai no Bakudan
99%BAD COMMUNICATION
99%girigiri chop
99%Ichibu to Zenbu
99%juice
99%Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)
99%LOVE PHANTOM
99%RUN
99%ultra soul
99%ZERO

Looking Good

90% RED
90%BLOWIN’
85%Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni Boku wa Kimi…
85%Easy Come, Easy Go!
85%OH! GIRL
80%Brotherhood
80%Hadashi no Megami
80%Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
80%Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta
80%NATIVE DANCE
80%Negai
80%OCEAN
80%Taiyou no Komachi Angel
80%TIME

In Contention

70%HEAT
70%Koubou
70%Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~
65%ARIGATO
65%HOME
65%Koi Jyanakunaru Hi
65%STARDUST TRAIN
60%Crazy Rendezvous
60%Eien no Tsubasa
60%Wonderful Opportunity
55%CHAMP
55%Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite
55%Shoushin
55%Still Alive

Plausible Inclusions

50%Don’t Wanna Lie
45%Calling
45%Seimei
45%Uchouten
45%Yasei no ENERGY
40%ALONE
40%love me, I love you
40%New Message
40%SPLASH!
40%VAMPIRE WOMAN
40%YOU & I

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B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- Tour Logo Unveiled

Posted on May 29, 2018
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B’z have just released the logo proper for the upcoming thirtieth anniversary tour B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI-. As expected due to its translation of “Phoenix”, the motif of the song is present in the image that will form the tone of the show and its tour goods which will be unveiled within the week prior to the first show. The tour 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 2019.