Press Release: B’z Release First English Album Worldwide on July 25th

B’z – The Best Selling Band in History of Japan, Kick Off North American Tour September 17th in San Francisco


LOS ANGELES – B’z have announced they will be releasing a 5-song album in English on July 25th, 2012 exclusively through iTunes.


The self-titled album includes the newly released single, “Into Free-Dangan-“ featured in the video game, Dragon’s Dogma and has sold over a million units worldwide.  The opening track of the album, “Love Bomb” was originally titled “Ai no Bakudan” and was a number one hit in Japan for B’z in 2005. All of the songs on the forthcoming album have been re-produced with English lyrics to coincide with B’z upcoming North American tour, beginning at the Warfield in San Francisco on September 17th.


Formed in 1988, B’z are guitarist Tak Matsumoto and vocalist, Koshi Inaba.  Over the span of twenty-four years, B’z have released 18 albums, and 50 singles, with 46 of those singles consecutively debuting #1 on Japan’s Oricon Single Chart. B’z have sold over 80 million CDs in Japan alone, making them the best-selling artist in Japan’s history.


“This will be our 4th US tour,” says B’z guitarist Tak Matsumoto. “We have always loved playing here, and felt it was time to release some English songs for the American audience.” As a world acclaimed six-string virtuoso, Tak joined legendary guitarists Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Ace Frehley and Slash, to become the fifth guitarist in the world to have his own Gibson signature model guitar. Currently his model, the ‘Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Ebony” is available worldwide.


B’z track listing:
1. Love Bomb
2. Splash
3. Juice
4. Ultra Soul
5. Into Free –Dangan- 


B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 –Into Free-  North American Tour Dates:
San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Seattle, WA @ The Showbox SODO
Vancouver BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

I Doubt It...

JaME brings word of a new Every Little Thing single to be released on November 18th titled "Tsumetai ame". They go on to say that they're working to create "a truly remarkable tune..." in the form of a winter ballad. Am I the only one who thinks "ELT" and "ballad" have not been a good combination over the last 5yrs, give or take? Arguably the last good ELT ballad was "Fragile" but they've always been successful in my mind with their upbeat tracks like "Grip!" and pretty much everything from their "4Force" album.

I'm not sure what happened to ELT after the "Many Pieces" album, but they fell into this ballad and melodramatic song kick and it really needs to stop! Ikkun might as well not even be in the band anymore as a song with any kind of recognizeable guitar riff is a needle in the haystack these days and that's a shame because he's one of the most impressive guitarists I've ever seen. I mean, the guy barely ever looks at his hands when he plays and I defy you to find a more "holy crap how can one's fingers move so fast" moment than his solo in "Grip!" (3:18 of this video). 

So, ELT, stop with the endless ballads, stop with the acoustic album releases, and stop pretending you weren't once an awesome synth-pop band! Revisit your state of mind from 2001 and make me a fan again!

Every Little Thing Single from JaME USA