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B’z Loud-Gym First Event Theme: “GREETING NIGHT”

Posted on August 22, 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 take place next month on September 21. Its theme will be “GREETING NIGHT”. The first details of what will be shown have just been revealed for the first time and will be sure to please longtime fans.

Sample footage from the “B’z LIVE-GYM COLLECTION” contained in B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX will be screened at the venues, along with at least partial performances from B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town-! The footage for the latter will be sourced from the band’s showing at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre on July 30, 2009. Notably, very little footage from the 2009 SHOWCASE tour is publicly available, with only some moments sampled in the Magical Backstage Tour documentary contained on limited edition copies of seventeenth studio album MAGIC.

It is unknown exactly how much footage will be played from the show, though it has long been requested for home video by fans due to the presence of several rarities, including “Crazy Rendezvous“, “VAMPIRE WOMAN“, “MY SAD LOVE“, “THE GAMBLER“, and “Kirei na Ai Jyanakutemo“.

B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town- Setlist
[July 30, 2009]

1. DIVE
2. Shoudou
3. Ichibu to Zenbu
4. BURN -Fumetsu no Face-
5. ZERO
6. Crazy Rendezvous
7. VAMPIRE WOMAN
8. MY SAD LOVE
9. THE GAMBLER
10. Kirei na Ai Jyanakutemo
11. Blue Sunshine
12. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
13. Calling
14. juice
15. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
16. BANZAI
17. SUPER LOVE SONG
ENCORE
18. MY LONELY TOWN
19. ultra soul

A list of all venues participating in the September 21, 2017 event can be found on the official website.

B’z Loud-Gym Announced: First 30th Anniversary Event

Posted on July 27, 2017
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The seventh countdown on the official site has ended and with it comes the announcement of the first ever B’z Loud-Gym. The event is a long-term one that is the first official announcement from the band’s upcoming 30th anniversary celebrations. Beginning September 21, 2017, a long list of music clubs in Japan will be holding B’z-themed nights featuring music and videos from the band playing throughout. Entrance is free at the over forty participating venues and a new event will be held once monthly through September 21, 2018.

A list of all venues participating in the September 21, 2017 event can be found on the official website.

B’z x Apple: When Steve Jobs Used B’z to Launch iTunes Japan

Posted on July 16, 2017
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With the impending release of B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX and its massive 53-disc set on the horizon, it seemed only fitting that we take a look back at the very first time that B’z attempted such a collection, all the way back in 2005.

Apple’s iTunes service has long been known as the for-bearer and industry leader in the digital marketplace for music, television, and movies. The innovation of the iPod brought with it a revolution in how we listen to music and was undoubtedly the catalyst for many abandoning physical media in favor of the convenience and capacity allowed by digital. At the time, iTunes had already captured 80% of the U.S. and UK digital markets with 1.8 million songs being purchased per day. As one of the world’s most dependably successful music markets, rumors swirled as to when Japan would enter the fray—especially given the country had long solidified its reputation for being on the cutting edge of most types of technology. It seemed only natural they, too, would get a similar push as did the rest of the world. And on August 4, 2005, they did.

One of the hot topics leading into the event in Tokyo that August was song pricing. Convincing the Japanese record labels to adopt the standard pricing of roughly $1 USD per song had not been easy given the profit margins they enjoyed on physical sales. Indeed, Japan was and remains one of the few markets in which physical singles still move hundreds of thousands of copies every week. Jeopardizing that meant cutting into their marketing machines, so their trepidation was understandable. Despite its technologically-advanced reputation, most Japanese artists had not placed their back catalogues online in digital form just yet and there was no guarantee that many were exactly lining up to do so. After all, their physical albums and singles were still selling at a rate disproportionate with the rest of the world and changing that seemed unnecessarily risky. Thus, when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs took the stage that day, there was a great deal of curiosity in Japan about the long-term ramifications of such a prospect.

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B’z New Song “CHAMP” Commercial Preview

Posted on June 29, 2017
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As announced yesterday with news of the B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX, an all-new B’z song entitled “CHAMP” is now serving as the theme to a 7-Eleven Fair commercial. The commercial has been embedded below and gives our first taste of the upcoming 2017 album:

The song should take a similar path as did “Exit To The Sun” from EPIC DAY when it was used as a drama theme in November 2014 and was included on the eventual album in March 2015.

B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX Announced, with Two Editions!
New Song “CHAMP” as 7-Eleven Commercial Theme

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The biggest B’z release in their history has just been announced: the mammoth B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX! The release is their most expensive to date with two differing editions priced at 50,000 yen ($445 USD) and 70,000 yen ($623 USD). The latter edition offers access to two special live shows set to take place in December that are detailed below.

Both releases collect all fifty-three singles—from 1988’s “Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite” to “Seimei/Still Alive“—and all of their corresponding B-sides for a total of 117 songs with unique packages throughout for both editions. Additionally, both also come with a set of two DVDs that contain live footage of every single from previous LIVE-GYM concerts—with some never before released prior.

It has also been announced that an all-new song entitled “CHAMP” will be used as the theme to a 7-Eleven Fair commercial beginning July 1. It is expected the song will be tied to the as-yet-untitled 2017 studio album though inclusion on another single is not out of the question.

Black Edition
Price: 50,000 yen / Release Date: August 30, 2017

B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX — Black Edition

The “Black Edition” features all fifty-three singles released to date in a vinyl-sized luxurious box and will be available at retail on August 30. The book-style folders contain a set of re-designed golden discs for each individual single and the two bonus DVDs detailed below. A large 100-page lyric book of similar dimensions will be included as well with a litany of high quality photos from the band’s history.

Additionally, most major Japanese retailers are offering specific bonuses on a first-come, first-served basis:

Musing: Tapestry (B2 Size)
Tower Records: Bandana
Yamano Music: Card Holder
HMV: Makeup Mirror
Tsutaya Records: Folding Umbrella
Shinseido: LP-size Tote Bag
Amazon: W-Pocket Clear File (A4 Size)
Rakuten: Clear File (A4 Size)
Other Stores: Post Card Set

Trailer Edition [7-Eleven Exclusive]
Price: 70,000 yen / Made-to-Order, Delivers December 20, 2017

B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX — Trailer Edition (7-Eleven Exclusive)

Pre-orders for the 7-Eleven exclusive “Trailer Edition” will be available from July 1 through August 7 with delivery expected to begin as of December 20. The massive package weighs in at 8kg (17 lbs) and must be pre-ordered as each will be made-to-order. The titular trailer contains fifty-three individual premium-packaged hardcase sleeves for each single that has been specially designed for each and is unique from the aforementioned “Black Edition”. Those that reserve will be sent special B’z-branded gifts in October, November, and December as well.

7-Eleven Presents B’z PREMIUM LIVE Banner:
Two shows at Zepp Tokyo and Zepp Osaka Bayside with 2,500 capacity each

Lastly, a pair of special shows will take place prior to B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 in December: one at Zepp Tokyo on December 5 and another at Zepp Osaka Bayside on December 7. Entrance to the shows will be determined by lottery following reservations of the “Trailer Edition” above at 7-Eleven locations beginning in September. Each show is limited to 2,500 people with each winner receiving a pair of tickets.

B’z LIVE-GYM COLLECTION DVD Set
Included in Both Editions

In addition to all fifty-three singles on individual CDs, both editions will include a pair of DVDs featuring dedicated live footage of each and every single from past LIVE-GYMs—with some utilizing previously unreleased footage. This includes the proper home video debuts of “May“, “Kimi no Naka de Odoritai“, and “LADY-GO-ROUND“.

No. Title Performance
01. Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’91
02. Kimi no Naka de Odoritai★ DEBUT ★ B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’91 ★ UNRELEASED ★
03. LADY-GO-ROUND★ DEBUT ★ B’z LIVE-GYM -BREAK THROUGH- ★ UNRELEASED ★
04. BE THERE B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’97 -FIREBALL-
05. Taiyou no Komachi Angel B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’91
06. Easy Come, Easy Go! B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- EXTRA
07. Itoshii Hito yo Good Night… B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’92 -TIME-
08. LADY NAVIGATION B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- (Aizu Fugado)
09. ALONE B’z LIVE-GYM ’91~’92 -IN THE LIFE-
10. BLOWIN’ B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’92 -TIME-
11. ZERO B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’93 -JAP THE RIPPER-
12. Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni… B’z LIVE-GYM ’93 -RUN-
13. Hadashi no Megami B’z LIVE-GYM ’93 -RUN-
14. Don’t Leave Me B’z LIVE-GYM ’94 “THE 9TH BLUES
15. MOTEL B’z LIVE-GYM ’94 “THE 9TH BLUES
16. Negai B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’95 -BUZZ!!-
17. love me, I love you B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’95 -BUZZ!!-
18. LOVE PHANTOM B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’95 -BUZZ!!-
19. Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~ B’z LIVE-GYM ’96 -Spirit LOOSE-
20. MOVE B’z LIVE-GYM ’96 -Spirit LOOSE-
21. Real Thing Shakes B’z LIVE-GYM ’96 -Spirit LOOSE-
22. FIREBALL B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’97 -FIREBALL-
23. Calling B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure ’97 -FIREBALL-
24. Liar! Liar! B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-
25. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-
26. HOME B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-
27. girigiri chop B’z LIVE-GYM ’99 -Brotherhood-

No. Title Performance
01. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-
02. May★ DEBUT ★ B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 -juice- ★ UNRELEASED ★
03. juice B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-
04. RING B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 -juice-
05. ultra soul B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-
06. GOLD B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-
07. Atsuki Kodou no Hate B’z LIVE-GYM 2002 -GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~-
08. IT’S SHOWTIME!! B’z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure -IT’S SHOWTIME!!-
09. Yasei no ENERGY B’z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure -IT’S SHOWTIME!!-
10. BANZAI B’z LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-
11. ARIGATO B’z SHOWCASE 2007 -19-
12. Ai no Bakudan B’z LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-
13. OCEAN B’z LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-
14. Shoudou B’z LIVE-GYM 2006 -MONSTER’S GARAGE-
15. Yuruginai Mono Hitotsu B’z LIVE-GYM 2006 -MONSTER’S GARAGE-
16. SPLASH! B’z LIVE-GYM 2006 -MONSTER’S GARAGE-
17. Eien no Tsubasa B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION-
18. SUPER LOVE SONG B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION-
19. BURN -Fumetsu no Face- B’z LIVE-GYM 2008 -ACTION-
20. Ichibu to Zenbu B’z LIVE-GYM 2010 -Ain’t No Magic-
21. DIVE B’z LIVE-GYM 2010 -Ain’t No Magic-
22. MY LONELY TOWN B’z LIVE-GYM 2010 -Ain’t No Magic-
23. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon-
24. Don’t Wanna Lie B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C’mon-
25. GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku- B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- EXTRA
26. Uchouten B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-
27. RED B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-

B’z & 7-Eleven Promotion Confirmed, Begins July 1 [UPDATE]

Posted on June 28, 2017
News

The B’z and 7-Eleven promotion reported previously will kick off on July 1 according to a new splash page on the 7-Eleven Japan website. Those interested may gain a chance to win a special B’z-branded towel for every 700 yen spent. The item will be limited to a sparse 2,000 units and will be created by upscale manufacturer Imabari Towels. Imabari have long been celebrated for their strict adherence to quality and their output is already pricey, ensuring the limited B’z-branded ones will be especially expensive on the secondary market.

UPDATE: The promotion extends further, with 7-Eleven being the exclusive retailer of the “Trailer Edition” of B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX which was announced later the same day.