B’z LIVE Review – Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA

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/>The city of angels got a special treat On Sunday, October 7, 2012, when Japan’s own B’z came to kick ass and take names, as politely as they could of course, at the Gibson Amphitheatre located in Universal City, CA.

B’z (pronounced beez) ended their North American tour in L.A., practically selling out the 6,000 plus seat venue after having been out on the road since September 17th jetting around the United States, in support of their first self-titled English album released this past July. Over the span of twenty-four years, B’z have released 18 albums, and 50 singles, with 46 of those singles consecutively debuting at #1 on Japan’s Oricon Single Chart. B’z have sold over 80 million CDs alone, making them the best-selling artist in Japan’s history.

The park buzzed with anticipation as thousands stood in long lines for merchandise and filtered through the theater to their seats awaiting B’z to take the stage as there was no opening act for the evening. Those who could not be in attendance were still able to experience the B’z as their concert was streamed live over the internet; but for one night only just like the show. As promised the action started promptly at 7:30pm as the lights went down and the thunderous beat of Deep Purple’s, Woman from Tokyo set the pace for the evening.

The roar of 6000 young Japanese Americans rang out with fists pumping in the air and the universal ‘Dio’ sign for rock n’ roll above their heads, as politely as they could of course; when world acclaimed six-string virtuoso, Tak Matsumoto, vocalist Koshi Inaba, drummer Shane Gaalaas, bassist Barry Sparks, keyboardist Takanobu Masuda and guitarist Yoshinobu Ooga hit the stage with the first song off their newest release, Love Bomb, originally a number one hit in Japan for B’z in 2005. Throughout the evening the B’z ninety minute set was performed in Japanese; Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta, Mienai Chikara –Invisible One and SHODO as well as English; Ultra Soul, Splash and their sonic anthem, Into Free –Dangan. Into Free-Dangan, was featured in the video game, Dragon’s Dogma. If you could ever think to be disappointed in a live performance by B’z, think again; Koshi’s ‘Geddy Lee/Geoff Tate’ flavored vocals and Matsumoto’s virtuoso guitar playing, offered the most intriguing version of straight ahead rock n’ roll from the far east.

Though there were no pyrotechnics at this particular show; being that B’z are known for elaborate stage effects, they were tight, well rehearsed and sounded like their albums. Many times live, artists don’t cut the mustard when it comes to their live songs standing up to the recorded versions—everything is so over produced; but B’z and their band were so polished, they never missed a beat all evening. As the night drew to a close, B’z treated the crowd to a damn good rendition of Led zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused before leaving the stage but there would be no way their fans would let them walk without an encore and they returned to perform two more songs, Home and Blowin’.

B’z have only been to the United States four times so if you missed them live, there might not be another chance to see them for quite some time but they left L.A. a better ‘sounding’ place than when they arrived.

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The city of angels got a special treat On Sunday, October 7, 2012, when Japan’s own B’z came to kick ass and take names, as politely as they could of course, at the Gibson Amphitheatre located in Universal City, CA.
B’z (pronounced beez) ended their North American tour in L.A., practically selling out the 6,000 plus seat venue after having been out on the road since September 17th jetting around the United States, in support of their first self-titled English album released this past July. Over the span of twenty-four years, B’z have released 18 albums, and 50 singles, with 46 of those singles consecutively debuting at #1 on Japan’s Oricon Single Chart. B’z have sold over 80 million CDs alone, making them the best-selling artist in Japan’s history.
The park buzzed with anticipation as thousands stood in long lines for merchandise and filtered through the theater to their seats awaiting B’z to take the stage as there was no opening act for the evening. Those who could not be in attendance were still able to experience the B’z as their concert was streamed live over the internet; but for one night only just like the show. As promised the action started promptly at 7:30pm as the lights went down and the thunderous beat of Deep Purple’s, Woman from Tokyo set the pace for the evening.
The roar of 6000 young Japanese Americans rang out with fists pumping in the air and the universal ‘Dio’ sign for rock n’ roll above their heads, as politely as they could of course; when world acclaimed six-string virtuoso, Tak Matsumoto, vocalist Koshi Inaba, drummer Shane Gaalaas, bassist Barry Sparks, keyboardist Takanobu Masuda and guitarist Yoshinobu Ooga hit the stage with the first song off their newest release, Love Bomb, originally a number one hit in Japan for B’z in 2005. Throughout the evening the B’z ninety minute set was performed in Japanese; Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta, Mienai Chikara –Invisible One and SHODO as well as English; Ultra Soul, Splash and their sonic anthem, Into Free –Dangan. Into Free-Dangan, was featured in the video game, Dragon’s Dogma. If you could ever think to be disappointed in a live performance by B’z, think again; Koshi’s ‘Geddy Lee/Geoff Tate’ flavored vocals and Matsumoto’s virtuoso guitar playing, offered the most intriguing version of straight ahead rock n’ roll from the far east.
Though there were no pyrotechnics at this particular show; being that B’z are known for elaborate stage effects, they were tight, well rehearsed and sounded like their albums. Many times live, artists don’t cut the mustard when it comes to their live songs standing up to the recorded versions—everything is so over produced; but B’z and their band were so polished, they never missed a beat all evening. As the night drew to a close, B’z treated the crowd to a damn good rendition of Led zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused before leaving the stage but there would be no way their fans would let them walk without an encore and they returned to perform two more songs, Home and Blowin’.
B’z have only been to the United States four times so if you missed them live, there might not be another chance to see them for quite some time but they left L.A. a better ‘sounding’ place than when they arrived.
Click Here to view more Photos from the show.
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