Japan’s rock supergroup B’z (profile) have been named to the lineup for this year’s 10th SummerSonic festival. The 3-day event is scheduled for August 7-9, with over 100 local and international artists performing at two venues in Tokyo (actually Chiba) and Osaka Prefectures. The lineup had until this week included a “special guest from Japan” and that turns out to be B’z. The duo will take the stage before headliners Linkin Park in Tokyo on August 8 and Osaka on August 9. B’z performed at the event for the first time in 2007, but the festival will be their first, and probably only, live appearance this year after they toured last year to celebrate their 20th anniversary. They usually sell out their shows very quickly, so the there will undoubtedly be increased demand for the remaining SummerSonic tickets. B’z are scheduled to release the new single “Dive” on August 5, though it’s already airing in the current TV commercial for the Suzuki Swift car. Other major acts in the SummerSonic lineup include: My Chemical Romance, Nine Inch Nails, Hoobastank, Beyonce and Ne-Yo; local names like Dragon Ash and Boom Boom Satellites; blasts from the past include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Specials and Sonic Youth.
SummerSonic website: http://www.summersonic.com
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