Aerosmith formed nearly two full decades before B’z and, by the time Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba made their joint debut on September 21, 1988, had already sold well over 25 million records worldwide. “Dream On”, “Sweet Emotion”, “Walk This Way”, “Mama Kin”, “Back in the Saddle”, and “Draw the Line” had all long been released. Already commonly hailed as both the “Bad Boys from Boston” and the definitive American rock band, Aerosmith had by then already toured the world, broken up and spent a half-decade without its core line-up, reunited, battled drug addiction, and earned a reputation as both the hardest rocking and most volatile band around. The group’s biggest personalities and likewise its brightest stars—vocalist Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry—earned the joint moniker “the Toxic Twins” as a result.
So distant were these two bands in age that B’z guitarist Tak Matsumoto spent his high school years playing Aerosmith songs in his bedroom, whilst a young Koshi Inaba considered Steven Tyler a top vocalist whose ability and stage presence were to be striven toward. What the two acts undoubtedly have in common is success: both topped their respective music industries, both established themselves as definitive rock icons whose staying power is long beyond reproach.
What’s more, despite the different eras from which they hailed and the ages that separate them, the divergent paths of B’z and Aerosmith would later intersect in a way that would make rock history and prove an indelible moment for fans of both bands.
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CrimsonDragon wrote:BTW, has anyone noticed the end of the opening music intro (when the red balloon emerges from the sea and rises to the sky) for LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- sounds similar to parts of Meimei (from the C'mon album)
JBLars wrote:Throwing this out there as a hail mary: Did anyone else get the LIVE-GYM package for Epic Day? If so, could I get a hi-res scan of the rubber band exchange voucher?
k11chi wrote:I just want to say that Stilll Alive sounds freaking incredible.
shinichi'sapprentice wrote:Still waiting for my copy here! Hope to get it by Friday if not today.
@Jd-: I know I'm late into the game but if ya still need some extra hands for the International Showcase Project, I'm in!
shinichi'sapprentice wrote:Super. Awesome. Release!Spoiler:1. Seimei
I like that short drum intro in the beginning. The guitar solo in the middle is superb. This opener really makes a declaration!
2. Still Alive
Can't wait to see a full translation of this song. I might be memorizing that chorus soon like I did with RED xD Another Splendidly Arranged guitar solo right here. *___* THAT last 'Baby, you're still alive' part by Koshi whoa'd me when I first listened to this song. Still does, every time.
3. Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru
I honestly haven't had the chance to listen to this song in full despite catching up on Conan just a few weeks ago. Another guitar solo that hits the heart T___T
I'm curious... Is 'Blow Violently' the direct translation of the song title? Does it mean to blow as in whistling, or to blow as in hitting something, or is there a different context to it? Nonetheless, I like the song and I've had the preview of it on replay a couple weeks before this single was released! Finally hearing it in full was amazing.
Jd- wrote:B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX Announced
So, as rumors/leaks from inside 7-Eleven indicated... B'z are doing a 7-Eleven promotion for the next few months and one such part of that is the B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX. It's a luxurious package and the mass-market version (the "Black Edition") available everywhere—Amazon, YesAsia, CDJapan—costs a little under $500 and the 7-Eleven exclusive "Trailer Edition" costs $700!!! It's being made-to-order so this will be a collector's item for a long time to come.
The packaging is all-new and refreshed, with 53 individual discs for each single. Both versions come with a pair of DVDs with definitive performances for essentially every song included. Three of those have never been released prior, too ("Kimi no Naka de Odoritai" from Pleasure'91, "May" from Pleasure 2000, and "LADY-GO-ROUND" from BREAK THROUGH).
So, anyone here going to buy this? They weigh 6kg and 8kg respectively, so shipping is going to be murderous. Murderous, I tell you! There are plenty of Japanese fans none too thrilled at the prospect of re-releasing the singles, but thankfully they aren't making it a must-own for anyone by including a bonus CD with rarities or something. If they'd done that, at those price points, it'd have caused a riot. Instead, this is being marketed at hardcore collectors. It's not a bad price (about $9.50 per single) if you don't own any B'z singles or home videos, because you're getting the definitive performances for most of the singles on DVD in one collection too. That said—I don't expect a big pressing of either edition, though the one from 7-Eleven is tied to a pair of special live shows (as part of a lottery) of just 2,500 tickets each.
Next year, we may just see a B'z COMPLETE ALBUM BOX which would most likely lead to some of the best album songs finally getting home video releases. That would interest me a lot more, personally-speaking.
(And, you can definitely expect the 2017 studio album to land in November or December.)
BLACK EDITION — Releases Aug 30 2017
TRAILER EDITION — Delivers Dec. 2017
Valentin wrote:Shortly before it’s finally going to be that time again, here are my thoughts on Seimei / Still Alive:
Jd- wrote:I've heard the "Still Alive" and "Sekai" performances were great, especially, but when I saw "Fukiarenasai" wasn't included, I thought, "They're saving it for LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 since it's a winter show". It could very well be a perfect opener (unless it's usurped by something on the upcoming album) or one of the highlight-slot songs later in the show with some great stage/visual effects. One way or the other, we will see this song performed live soon, for sure. Unless they're fully reserving it for the main tour, it may show up being swapped with "Sekai" or something like that, or get thrown in for one of the truncated festival setlists.
I'm really, really hoping that we get one of these SHOWCASE shows on DVD/Blu-ray as a bonus for the 20th album this fall. "GO-GO-GIRLS" coming back (see the above article for more info on that song!) is a delight that no one has complained about, and getting to hear "Shoudou", "girigiri chop", "ONE" and "MY LONELY TOWN" with "Uchouten" and "GO FOR IT, BABY" makes it seem like a show that could rival SHOWCASE 2007's legendary home video. Especially "GO FOR IT, BABY" because anytime Tak gets to sing, it's always a good time. Whether we got "GO-GO-GIRLS" or "Mou Hanasanai" and "Hi", I'm totally down with either version plus whatever else is on the horizon.
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