This project was especially difficult because of the language barrier involved. Hours of research into a base article can in turn lead you down a rabbit hole attempting to track down the origin of one solitary comment. Prior to the B'z Wiki and associated efforts, virtually none of this information was available in English. These 52 articles total over 60,000 words—approaching the length of a proper novel—and attempt to offer something new for even the most seasoned B'z veterans.
All told, the breadth of the band's career and the litany of releases to cover has made this an especially daunting task, but today, that is no longer a concern—the long-promised singles pages are now completed!
For those that have browsed the Wiki for such information before, here are the most recent articles you may have missed:
- Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite (1988)
- LADY-GO-ROUND (1990)
- Taiyou no Komachi Angel (1990)
- Easy Come, Easy Go! (1990)
- LADY NAVIGATION (1991)
- ZERO (1992)
- Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni... (1993)
- Hadashi no Megami (1993)
- Don't Leave Me (1994)
- Negai (1995)
- love me, I love you (1995)
- LOVE PHANTOM (1995)
- Calling (1997)
- HOME (1998)
- ultra soul (2001)
- Yasei no ENERGY (2003)
- BANZAI (2004)
- ARIGATO (2004)
Additionally, in commemoration of this milestone, read on for 52 facts about the 52 singles that you may or may not yet know!
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.
This quarter's issue of the B'z fanclub magazine Be With! contained lengthy separate interviews with both Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba about their respective solo projects. The pair discussed their latest works in depth along with a variety of related subjects, as well as reiterating that as soon as their solo tours are over they will be returning to B'z activities full time.
First up is the full interview with Tak Matsumoto. The discussion covers a number of subjects related to his recent release 「New Horizon」, as well as his upcoming solo tour Tak Matsumoto LIVE 2014 -New Horizon-.
It's been a long time coming, but the band's 25th anniversary campaign is officially underway! Their latest compilations, B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998 and B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012, are finally on store shelves and offer unprecedented value!
Here we have, for the first time, all 50 singles the band has released, along with four new tracks split across the two releases. The biggest draw, of course, is that the limited editions include all of the music videos for the included singles--all remastered, all in superb high quality, and almost all coming to home video for the very first time! In addition, the two collections come with two new music videos for two of the new songs. And, best of all, being the generous duo they are, you can sample all of the music videos, including those for the new songs, on their official YouTube channel! (Be sure not to miss the short videos for new songs "Kakushin" and "Utopia", which are exclusive to the YouTube channel!)
Of course, given that most fans will be especially curious about the new songs, we've wasted no time in having them all translated for you:
B'z have a very busy summer ahead with stops all over Japan for B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-, but you can be part of the hype right now by checking out the collections below! Both are available worldwide on CDJapan and YesAsia!
「B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998」
「B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012」
After a short hiatus, we are now able to bring you the latest B'z interview to date! The interview was conducted right after their Pepsi PREMIUM LIVE in August last year. This issue covers a lot of behind the scenes information on the band's debut English album, the involvement of drummer Shane Gaalaas in its production, and the band's latest plans for their then-upcoming tour, B'z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free-.
You can find the interview in our B'z wiki: http://bzwiki.offthelock.com/Be_With!_Vol._95_(September_2012)
The next issue, Be With! Vol. 96, is expected to ship in the upcoming weeks. The interview will most likely feature Tak and Koshi's impressions of their North American tour. Look forward to it!
Don't forget to stay hype.
We are sure it's been a while since you've read a full interview with B'z that was exclusive to fanclub members. Keen used to translate bits here and there which would also reveal funny bits about the band. We are striving to do the same. In Be With! Vol. 94 the band talks about their collaboration with Kim Hyun Joong, the release of the LIVE-GYM 2011 DVD and their ongoing collaboration with Pepsi!
You can find the interview in our B'z wiki: http://bzwiki.offthelock.com/Be_With!_Vol._94_(June_2012)
I have received Be With! Vol. 95 yesterday and will start translating the interview soon. The interview in this issue was conducted right after the Pepsi NEX PREMIUM LIVE, so they're also going to talk about that. Once I've done that, I will also translate music video shooting diaries, backstage reports and such. This depends on the issue. I'll start with volume 95 and work my way through all the older ones.
Stay tuned! And don't forget to keep the hype going!
Hey guys, kept you waiting there. Especially since this has been done weeks before the actual release of the new single.
Hit the read more link to see the lyrics. Link has also been added to the "Translations" page.
Hours before the new drama for which B'z does the theme, Buzzer Beat, premiered, a special covering various aspects of it was aired. Near the end of it, a segment was shown with Tak and Koshi commenting on the production and feel of Ichibu to Zenbu--along with a clip of the PV of significant length (which also includes the solo).