For some, having an over 20-year career in the music industry, releasing 18 studio albums, and leaving handprints in Hollywood’s Rock Walk would be reason enough to sling up the guitars and toast to a hallowed career – not for Japanese rock duo, B’z.
The multi-genre, chart-topping group has just added another highlight to their litany of accomplishments. This time, world-renown gaming company, CAPCOM, is featuring a track from the Japanese rockers in their new, high-flying video game, Dragon’s Dogma. Re-recording their Japanese number 1 single “Samayoeru Aoi Dangan” with English lyrics, B’z adds a stunning sound to the mythical role-playing game.
This isn’t the first time, however, that the band has branched out into the English language market. Last year, we interviewed the dynamic rock duo on their fundraising efforts to support victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Partnering with Linkin Park’s Music For Relief organization, B’z held a sold-out concert at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles to raise money for victims of the disaster. When asked about playing in front of a new, English audience, B’z said, “It’s always fun and exciting to play in front of people who don’t know us. We are working on English songs…but we hope people check out our Japanese songs as well.”
Clearly, both languages suit B’z’s music since Hiroyuki Kobayashi, producer of Dragon’s Dogma and the Devil May Cry series, tapped the duo’s song for the new video game. The re-recorded track, with the English title “Into Free-Dangan,” will be released as a single in the coming future.
Dragon’s Dogma is slated for worldwide release in May 2012 on Playstation3 and Xbox 360 game consoles. You can catch the riveting trailer for the game on the B’z YouTube channel.
Happy dragon slaying!