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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.

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

Posted on December 7, 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 to Perform on 2017 FNS Music Festival

Posted on November 17, 2017
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On December 6, B’z will perform on the first night of Fuji TV’s 2017 FNS Music Festival. It is unknown which song they will perform as of the initial announcement. Other popular Japanese acts such as Mai Kuraki, TOKIO and Arashi are also scheduled to make an appearance on the same night.

B’z to Provide Theme Song to Upcoming Game Dynasty Warriors 9

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Further information regarding B’z upcoming 20th studio album DINOSAUR has been unveiled. The track “King Of The Street” off the new album will serve as the theme song to the Japanese release of upcoming hack and slash game Dynasty Warriors 9 as it is titled in the west (the game is to be published as Shin Sangokumusou 8 [真・三國無双8] in Japan). The games use the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history as a basis that continue to be romanticized in countless television dramas, movies, and video games.

The game will release on February 8, 2018 in Japan and worldwide on February 13, 2018. The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A special trailer featuring the song has been uploaded by the game’s publisher. You can check it out below!

The last time B’z provided a theme song to a video game was 2012’s “Into Free -Dangan-” which served as the theme to Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma. The song, featured in the trailer below leading up to the game’s release, is currently the only B’z song available for purchase on international storefronts and can be purchased for the local equivalent of $0.69 on iTunes worldwide.

B’z to Perform on Best Artist 2017, “Dinosaur” as Geostorm Film Theme

Posted on November 13, 2017
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On November 28, one day prior to the release of twentieth studio album DINOSAUR, B’z will perform on NTV’s Best Artist 2017. It is unknown which song they will perform as of the initial announcement. Other popular Japanese acts such as Arashi and AKB48 will be taking the stage the same night.

Additionally, the title song from the album, “Dinosaur”, will also be used as the theme to the local Japanese release of disaster film Geostorm when it opens in the country on January 19, 2018.