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B’z to Appear on Music Station Ultra FES 2017 *UPDATED*

Posted on September 16, 2017
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UPDATE (6/19): The official Music Station website has been updated with the songs each artist will be performing. B’z will almost certainly be performing at the end of the show as is custom and will be performing “Seimei” and “ultra soul“.

It has just been announced that B’z will be appearing on Music Station Ultra FES 2017 as part of the massive lineup that includes AKB48, Maki Ohguro, Sekai no Owari, Tokio, Hey! Say! Jump, Morning Musume ’17, Momoiro Clover Z, and Yoshiki of X-Japan alongside most other prominent Japanese music acts of the modern era.

It is unknown what exactly B’z will perform as part of their appearance. Their last showings on television came in late 2014 and early 2015 as part of promotions for their then-latest single “Uchouten“. On occasions when the band have no recent release to promote, they often bring songs from the back catalogue such as with their appearance on Music Station SUPER LIVE 2012 where they performed “Ichibu to Zenbu” in its TV debut three years after release. It was paired with their most-performed television song “Ai no Bakudan” in its tenth showing.

The program will air on Monday, September 18, on TV Asahi.

B’z Festival Appearances Completed!
RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL & ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL (08.05 / 08.11)

Posted on August 11, 2017
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The summer touring for B’z has only just come to an end, and we first bring you news on their appearances at RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 in EZO and the ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017. As expected, the setlist used for both shows were truncated for the abbreviated stage time compared to earlier dates for B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-.

Given the shows have already completed, the setlist is preserved below:

B’z Summer 2017 Festival Appearance Setlists
[August 5 & 11, 2017]

1. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
2. Liar! Liar!
3. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo
4. Uchouten
5. Hadashi no Megami
6. Ichibu to Zenbu
7. Still Alive
8. Shoudou
9. juice
10. girigiri chop
11. ultra soul

It is not uncommon for B’z to include recent singles that would appeal specifically to festival-goers as well as their perennial hits for such occasions, as opposed to the fan-centric SHOWCASE outings. The band’s appearance for SUMMER SONIC 09, for example, spanned thirteen songs—all thirteen of which were singles.

Tour Goods for Upcoming Festival Appearances Announced

Posted on August 2, 2017
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The official B’z website has just posted glimpses of the tour goods that will be on sale for the band’s appearances at RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 in EZO on August 5 and ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017 on August 11. The list leads off with a themed muffler towel and is followed by rubber bands in various colors available at each venue.

B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- in Kanazawa (07.28.2017)

Posted on July 31, 2017
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The seventh showing for B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- has come to an end, and this time with an expanded setlist! The total number of songs played is now twenty, with one additional—and familiar—song now being played as part of the encore.

The full setlist is posted below to avoid spoilers for those attending the shows. The tallies for each song have also been updated in full.

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New Countdown on Official Site & SHOWCASE 2017 Updates

Posted on July 25, 2017
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Yet another mysterious countdown has appeared on the splash page of the official B’z website! This is the seventh to date, with previous countdowns resulting in big announcements such as unveiling “Seimei/Still Alive” and B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX. The countdown does not have a definitive end-date yet and cycles through random dates for the time being. Once that changes, expect an update here!

Additionally, the band is currently working their way through B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town-. Following our post on the July 22 show in Koshi’s hometown of Tsuyama, the band then headed to Tak’s home place of Toyonaka. The setlist was the same as the previous show and it seems the band will be following through with the previously-reported combinations of hidden gems as far as changes in the selist goes. Should there be a drastic change, we will let you know, but in the meantime you may visit the corresponding B’z Wiki article for full information on the setlist. We will also provide a full tour report following the end of the band’s fall activities.

B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- in Tsuyama (07.22.2017)

Posted on July 22, 2017
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B’z Banner in Tsuyama City Hall for SHOWCASE 2017

The fourth showing for B’z SHOWCASE 2017 -B’z In Your Town- has ended. Most notably, the show which took place in Okayama Prefecture’s city of Tsuyama also marks Koshi’s professional return to his hometown. The local government has even strewn a B’z-themed banner to commemorate the occasion inside the local city hall (pictured above). Other banners have been erected around the area, which has led to a great deal of fans using it as a backdrop for pictures.

Tsuyama is best known to B’z fans not only as the hometown of Koshi Inaba but also the location of Inaba Cosmetics, a family business operated by his mother and father for decades. The inside of the store has a large collection of rare and unique B’z memorabilia signed by Koshi. It is also not uncommon for Mother Inaba to take pictures with customers.

Though Tsuyama is in the far west of Japan, many fans use it as a point of pilgrimage when the opportunity arises. The city has likewise long embraced its hometown idol and utilized it to drive tourist activity in the region. In fact, many of the tourist maps and sightseeing locations make mention of Koshi directly. After a typhoon struck Tsuyama in 1998, Koshi donated a large sum of money for disaster relief, which netted him an award from the local municipality.

The full setlist is posted below to avoid spoilers for those attending the shows.

PLEASE NOTE: We initially reported “Samayoeru Aoi Dangan” as the third song in the setlist for this tour. In fact, this song has been the much-less-often-played “Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo” which had not been played live for six years prior to this tour!

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