SUMMER SONIC is an annual two-to-three day music festival that takes place simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. Uniquely, the festival is known for its drawing of major top level international talent each year, with past installments featuring diverse acts such as Green Day, Linkin Park, Beyonce, Sum 41, Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Franz Ferdinand, Nelly Furtado, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, Slash, and Taylor Swift. Japanese acts are also invited to perform, with B'z occasionally performing both as a band and as part of their solo efforts. Their last appearance at the festival came during SUMMER SONIC 09.
SUMMER SONIC B'z Appearances
- B'z returned to play thirteen songs, including the year's singles "Ichibu to Zenbu/DIVE" and "MY LONELY TOWN" as well as rare appearances of "Shoudou" and "BANZAI". Footage from the event can be seen on the band's 2009 documentary Magical Backstage Tour 2009 that was released as a bonus DVD in limited edition copies of the year's album, MAGIC.
- B'z teamed up with American rock legends Aerosmith for the second time, playing a double bill together and in the process performing a joint version of Aerosmith classic "Mama Kin".