It's been such a long time coming I nearly forgot it was imminent: the first of the 7-Eleven premium lives was held yesterday! Here is what the audience heard, and presumably they'll hear the same on Thursday for the follow-up in Osaka:
You can very safely expect this to be a portion of what's played during LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 "LIVE DINOSAUR"
. However, if past smaller shows preceding dome showings are any indication, the order will no doubt be swapped around. You can expect the whole thing out on home video in May/June 2018 if I had to guess!
For some catch-up here: The "Still Alive" appearance on TV the other day was top tier stuff. Tak even brought back the Canary Yellow signature! Last seen in 2001, I figured it'd be extinct as far as live appearances go (there were some vague reports he used it during the above live show too). They'll be back on TV in a few hours to perform "Still Alive" and "Ichibu to Zenbu" together, for FNS.
Folka wrote:Ok, I had a "preview" of the CD. Very nice and refreshing sound. I think this is way better than EPIC DAY. Haruka was fantastic.
Also, on youtube a a rip of the DVD appeared. I don't know how much it will last, but I watched it yesterday. B'z are really STILL ALIVE (and kicking)!!!
One issue I always had from the moment EPIC DAY
was announced was the short runtime. Because it was also going to be issued on vinyl, the concession that had to be made was less songs. That gives the album itself less time to breathe, and while shorter albums are the norm in music these days, it's always nice to have a work like DINOSAUR
where we have a nice balance all the way through and the opportunity to experiment a bit. More so than all of the releases I've been 'round for (dating back to MONSTER
), I have a new song running through my head at different times of day. There's just so much to take in with this one that I really have no complaints.
shinichi'sapprentice wrote:my tracking says it's still in Tokyo xD
And—! Let us know when it at last arrives. The day shall go down in history, surely...!
It has been quite a while since my review of Seimei / Still Alive
back in July. Many things have happened, and at least in the context of the band’s official biography
, this year will prove to have been their busiest one in three decades, with the number of entries surpassing their current record period, 2004. Let’s look at the activities one by one.
. . . . .B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX
I don’t think I’m going to write anything new here, but … I don’t like this release. At all. It simply … makes no sense. From the get-go. Everyone knows that there will be a fifty-fourth single, and the sole piece of useful information that has potentially
been added is that this fifty-fourth single might not hit the market before the thirtieth anniversary is officially over so that the (astonishingly many) owners of this questionable product can talk themselves into believing that this has been a long-term investment for a little while. Though the packaging appears incredibly charming, I won’t buy any supposedly “complete” collection unless it is, well, complete. If I were to decide anything, it would be that 2018 will not
yield a B’z COMPLETE ALBUM BOX
. . . . .B’z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 “LIVE DINOSAUR”
On account of “It’s nothing like I expected", I had to modify the pool of tracks which I anticipate reentering the stage. In plain alphabetical order, here are, along with their most recent inclusion, ten rather secondary compositions that I would regard as congenial supplements: Arakure
(2002), JAP THE RIPPER
(2001), LOVE IS DEAD
(2008), SUPER LOVE SONG
(2009), Yuruginai Mono Hitotsu
(2006). Each and every one of those would receive a boiling hot welcome, especially … no, really, each and every one. In general, the opportunity to showcase outsiders like B-sides guilty
, Makka na Silk
, Narifuri Kamawazu Dakishimete
and Yoru yo Akenaide
or basically anything from FRIENDS
, FRIENDS II
and The 7th Blues
(and Too Young
) has never been as convenient as it is presently. By the way: Since it’s safe to assume that Fukiarenasai
—the winter version of ultra soul
—will be premiered at last, I wouldn’t mind them not
celebrating the latter for once.
First of all: Awesome post! It looks like the songs you wanted to hear at the bottom there may get answered in some form for sure—! And I bet we'll also get to hear "Itsuka no Merry Christmas" on the first part of this tour. I can't even put into words just how hype it'd be for "JAP THE RIPPER" to be performed for the Nissan Stadium show next September. A crowd that size, amidst all of their staples, with that sort of song—it'd really just be the icing on the cake.
As for the COMPLETE SINGLE BOX
: I was talking about this the other day with a friend and I was thinking for these specialty releases, how about vinyl reissues of the older albums instead of an album box? That'd just be interesting from a novelty standpoint. The one thing I'd like to come out of a potential COMPLETE ALBUM BOX is live footage of album songs we haven't yet seen. Excerpts from LIVE-GYM BIG MACHINE, proper releases of those from RUN, etc. I don't know if that's a good idea, though, just because that'd diminish their motivation for releasing the whole shows someday... Really tough call!
I have it!! Shall be listening this evening; listened to King of the Street and Haruka so far; as well as the 4 we already knew from the promo vidoes - have to say this far sounding brilliant
Official Deluxe CD/DVD arriving 12th December, til then thankfully I can hear this new work from the legendary B'z! I saw the DVD on YouTube also and it absolutely rocks, the energy is incredible and the track selection pretty much flawless. There are other clips from 2017 on YouTube from 'Dream Festival'? I wonder was that show filmed in full?
"King Of The Street" is really something else. I've been grooving to that track for a few days now, and that guitar lick at the beginning is absurdly tiring. Great practice, though!
As for the other live clips: We know that virtually every B'z show since at least 1990 has been filmed in full, at some point in each tour. The question is just how much we'll see as time goes on—we can hope they'll eventually do some deep dives into that archive!
k11chi wrote:B'z Never disappoints absolute greatness and a joy to listen to.
You know it! If you didn't yet get a chance to check out B'z XX9
, mayhaps that'll bridge your way to the next single/album. Could come as early as March...!?
Hey Folks! Long time no see
I have a question about the new song "Champ".
The first time i heard of it it was an instrumental Cover from a Youtuber called "zoma" i am subscribed to.
I was really thrilled when i heard this version, the Pumping, Rocking Intro Riff made me smile .. also the little filler licks and the Solo Part.
Check it out please:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17r4VJzNv-8
I thought this was going to be even better when played by B'z, a killer Song on the Album and Live ..
Has "zoma" come up with it or was this a Live Version of Champthey played sometime in 2017 ?
Hey musikuss! Long time no see indeed!
Ah, Zoma! The guy's a monster. What he did there was extrapolate his version of what the rest of the track "could sound like" as he says. He's done it in the past when there have only been a few brief seconds available which is what he did there. Guy can really play guitar all the same!
My favorite I heard from him was the time he played the full melody to "RED":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkD-nz4PZpk
Oh, and if anyone's interested, there's a big write-up on OFFTHELOCK about Tak's guitars
used for the recording of DINOSAUR
along with which tracks on which you can hear 'em.