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2017 - 09 - 16

Cruise to the Edge

2017 - 09 - 02

Dutch Rock Legends FOCUS Announce New Double Album Collection THE FOCUS FAMILY ALBUM
feat. Extensive Unreleased and New Material! OUT NOW!

London - Focus is pleased to announce the release of its new 2 CD collection “The Focus Family Album” which has been prepared over the last 12 months. The 20 track set gives fans new insight into the band and includes 15 unreleased original songs, alternate versions from the Focus X sessions, solo tracks from each of the current members and tracks from the beginning of the Focus 11 sessions.

Many of the tracks have been recorded in a variety of countries in Europe and South America and are exclusively available on this collection. Thijs van Leer said, “Dear Friends & Fans! With pleasure we present to you our new double album 'The Focus Family Album,' it makes us so happy that you will listen to pieces recorded together as a band and solo songs too, in many different countries during our travels! We hope it will make you happy as well!!!”

The set includes all of the rarities from the “Focus X” era and is an ideal companion to that album and the forthcoming “Focus 11.” The set also introduces the band's new bass player Udo Pannekeet, who takes over the position from long term bass player Bobby Jacobs, who said, “Dear beautiful fans, after 15 years playing the beautiful music of Focus with my heart and soul I decided to stop and focus on new life adventures (music and a lot of other things). Thank you and love! Hope we will meet again...”

“The Focus Family Album” features artwork by Roger Dean and is being released to coincide with the band's South American and European tour dates. It's the latest release on the band's own 'In and Out of Focus Records' (via Cherry Red).

Track Listings

Disc: 1
1. Nature Is Our Friend - Thijs Van Leer
2. Song for Eva - Focus
3. Riverdance - Pierre Van Der Linden
4. Victoria - Focus
5. Two-Part Intervention - Menno Gootjes
6. Mosh Blues - Focus
7. Raga Reverence 1 - Swung
8. The Fifth Man - Focus
9. Song for Yaminah - Udo Pannekeet
10. Clair-Obscur - Focus

Disc: 2
1. Let Us Wander? - Thijs Van Leer
2. Birds Come Fly Over (Le Tango) - Focus
3. Spiritual Swung - Pierre Van Der Linden
4. Santa Teresa - Focus
5. Hazel - Menno Gootjes
6. Fine Without You - Focus
7. Raga Reverence 5 - Swung
8. Five Fourth - Focus
9. Anaya - Udo Pannekeet
10. Winnie - Focus

“The Focus Family Album” is OUT NOW on CD and Download: Amazon

Official website: www.focustheband.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

2017 - 08 - 22

Focus in South America 2017 Update

Focus 8.5 Beyond the Horizon South American edition – this edition of the CD has different cover artwork (pictured above) and is available from producer Marvio Ciribelli's website.

The music is the same on both Marvio's edition and the International edition, which continues to be available worldwide via the band's own In and Out of Focus Records on CD (here) and Download (here).

Signing event – The members of Focus, producer Marvio Ciribelli and other guests from the Focus 8.5 album will be autographing copies (not performing) of the album at 7pm on the 13th September 2017 at the Reserva Cultural Niterói.

South American Tour 2017 - Focus is pleased to announce that it will be touring South America next month. The tour dates can be found below along with ticket links.

SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES SEPTEMBER 2017

04.09 - LIMA, PERU @ Teatro Municipal

06.09 - CONCEPCION, CHILE @ Teatro Universidad Concepcion

07.09 - SANTIAGO, CHILE @ Caupolican

08.09 - VALPARAISO, CHILE @ Teatro Municipal

10.09 - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA @ Uniclub

12.09 - PORTO ALEGRE, BRA @ Teatro AMRIGS

14.09 - NITEROI, BRA @ Teatro Municipal

15.09 - BELO HORIZONTE, BRA @ Music Hall

16.09 - SAO PAULO, BRA @ Gillan's Inn

17.09 - LIMEIRA, BRA @ Bar da Montanha

2017 - 02 - 22

FOCUS drummer Pierre van der Linden releases his first solo album Drum Poetry! OUT NOW!

Pierre van der Linden, the drummer in legendary Dutch band Focus, has released his first solo album entitled "Drum Poetry" for fans and students of his varied drumming styles and techniques.

Pierre's drumming can be heard in numerous rock, jazz and improvisational bands, but this is the first time it can be heard and studied in isolation, or accompanied by other unexpected instruments also played by Pierre.

"Drum Poetry was originally made just for myself. It was just a kind of experience to find out my limits in this atmosphere. The original CD was just made for friends and this is the first time I have shared it with fans..."

Pierre is the current drummer in Focus and also played with the band during the 1970s including on their hits Hocus Pocus and Sylvia. Pierre also played on the band's most recent album, Focus X, and is currently in the studio recording Focus 11. Pierre will also be on tour with the band throughout 2017!

The album has been released on the band's own "In and Out of Focus Records" via Cherry Red Records and can be purchased on CD and Download via these links:

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/vExJfEr

iTunes: http://geni.us/PTBj0Xn

 

2016 - 12 - 09

Udo Pannekeet

With pleasure I can announce to all Focus Fans that the new bass-player of Focus is : Udo Pannekeet!

We congratulate QEDG Management & ourselves with this extraordinary musician & composer!

A Curriculum Vitae of the man in question will follow shortly!

Many greetings!

Thijs van Leer

Udo Pannekeet also greeted fans with this message:
"I feel honoured and humbled to be the new bass player in this legendary band! I'm looking forward to the concerts!"

 

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2016 - 09 - 21

Focus is pleased to announce the mainstream releases of two previously 'tour merchandise only' titles -
Live in England 2CD/DVD and Europe 2CD. OUT NOW !

Legendary Dutch rockers FOCUS announce the re-release of two live releases which have previously only been available at the merchandise stand at live shows.

The recordings were made when the band was touring to promote the Focus 9 – New Skin album and features the last line-up of the band, which was Thijs van Leer, Pierre van der Linden, Bobby Jacobs and former guitarist Niels van der Steenhoven.

The Live in England 2CD/DVD set includes 45 minutes of previously unreleased performance not included on the merchandise edition. The DVD is playable worldwide.

These titles are now available via mainstream retailers, distributors, Amazon and iTunes for the first time as will remain available for new fans collecting all of the band's albums in the future.

FOCUS LIVE IN ENGLAND 2CD/DVD on Amazon: http://geni.us/5uGErO and iTunes: http://geni.us/5NCn
FOCUS LIVE IN EUROPE 2CD on Amazon: http://geni.us/L7sxU and iTunes: http://geni.us/GBlB

 

2016 - 07 - 01

Dutch Music Legends Focus Release New Album "Focus 8.5 / Beyond The Horizon" - OUT NOW!

London, UK - Dutch music legends Focus are known around the world for their iconic albums, including the hits HOCUS POCUS, SYLVIA and HOUSE OF THE KING. After the reunion of Focus and the release of the Focus 8 album, the band toured the world and was introduced to new musical styles and influences. The line-up on this album features THIJS VAN LEER, PIERRE VAN DER LINDEN, BOBBY JACOBS and JAN DUMÉE.

The sessions for the album were all recorded in between South American tour commitments during 2005, and every track is a previously unreleased composition by the members of Focus or producer MARVIO CIRIBELLI.

Thijs van Leer said of the album: "For Focus it was a thrill to first jam with Marvio and Marcio in a club in Niteroi and then end up in Rio de Janeiro in order to compose and record these beauties. Having one of the best drummers in Europe with Pierre van der Linden and one of South America's best drummers with Marcio Bahia on the same album makes the world a better and happier place! Here they are!"

The album features all-star Brazilian musicians including ARTHUR MAIA and MARIO SEVE joining Focus on new recordings, and vice versa, plus a drum duet with MARCIO BAHIA…as musicianship once again goes Beyond the Horizon…

To purchase:

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

 

2016 - 06 - 29

Unfortunately, the Close to the Moon show (on 8th July) has been cancelled, for reasons beyond the band's control.

All other existing dates remain unchanged - please visit the Live Dates page for full details of upcoming shows.

 

2016 - 05 - 26

Thijs van Leer and Menno Gootjes are playing three acoustic shows in the UK next week:

 

2016 - 05 - 12

Focus are joining other music legends on the next Cruise to the Edge, departing from Tampa, Florida for 7-11th February 2017.

 

2016 - 04 - 09

Focus announced to play on Saturday 16th July at the Loreley Amphitheater as part of Night of the Prog Festival!

 

2016 - 02 - 19

Catch Focus at the Boerderij in April, as part of Progdreams V!

 

2016 - 02 - 05

Venue change for London show: please note that the gig on 21st March will now be at Camden Underworld in the main room, starting at 7pm.

2016 - 01 - 30

New tour dates for 2016 are now up on the Live dates section of the website - including details about the Close to the Moon Progrock Festival in Italy:


2015 - 11 - 11

Focus would like to thank all of its UK fans for a wonderful Autumn 2015 UK Tour !

Dates for 2016 will be announced shortly !


2015 - 04 - 12

Los Angeles, CA - Only a world-class orchestra could pull off a project this ambitious, an undertaking so vast that none other than the hallowed halls of Abby Road Studios could contain and record music of this magnitude.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents an epic album of fully orchestrated renditions of progressive rock masterpieces by the likes of Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP, Focus, Jethro Tull and more!

What’s more, a stellar group of musical virtuosos from the prog rock stratosphere join the orchestra, lending their talents to these intricately arranged masterworks in a collaborative match made in prog rock heaven.  The album includes a stunning rendition of Focus II with original composer and founder of Focus, Sir Thijs van Leer, playing flute throughout The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance.

 

CD: http://geni.us/RPOProgCD
LP: http://geni.us/RPOProgLP
Digital Album: http://geni.us/RPOProgdigital

2015 - 05 - 06

Thijs Van leer Evening

 
2014 - 12 - 25

Dear Fans & Friends !

You've been showing so much love & support this year : whether we met in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway or Switzerland.

It was a thrill every time to meet our more than faithful friends and, amazingly enough, getting to know many, many (young) brand new lovers of our music !!

This makes us stronger and even more decided to deliver a beautiful blend of old & new Focus-music in the year 2015, a year that may be a very happy one for all of you ! 

And, of course, a merry Xmas !!

Thijs van Leer on behalf of Focus

2014 - 11 - 21

Focus Members Release Double Instrumental Album under the Name Swung!

SWUNG is an improvisational trio featuring members of the Dutch progressive rock band FOCUS.  

This set collects together to tour only CD VOL. 1 and the new album VOL. 2 which was completed in SEPTEMBER 2014.

VOL. 1 features bassist BOBBY JACOBS, drummer PIERRE VAN DER LINDEN and former guitarist NIELS VAN DER STEENHOVEN.

VOL. 2 features bassist BOBBY JACOBS, drummer PIERRE VAN DER LINDEN and current guitarist MENNO GOOTJES.

These innovative instrumentals include elements fans will recognise along with new and experimental directions.

The VOL. 2 line-up will be on tour again with FOCUS in late 2014 and throughout 2015.

Producer and bass player Bobby Jacobs described the two discs as: “These are studio versions of all the fun we have always during our Focus soundchecks, often before Father Focus (Thijs van Leer) arrives.  We always start to play from zero and this is what happens! Enjoy!”

The very first review on Amazon reads: "This CD is fantastic. Thanks to the 3 Focus guys for this initiative. This CD captures the true adventurous spirit of the original Focus. All tracks blend well in each other. This is a must have for all Focus fans... (I've been a fan of Focus for almost 45 years). This release easily levels with Focus 2 & 3."

The album is available as a 2 CD set or as individual volumes on iTunes:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swung-Vol-1-2/dp/B00NVB0H0I/
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Swung-Vol-1-2/dp/B00NVB0H0I/

iTunes Vol. 1: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/vol.-1/id926835764
iTunes Vol. 2: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/vol.-2/id926829680

2014 - 08 - 29
Focus is pleased to announce the release of GOLDEN OLDIES on 180g orange vinyl !

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4873
http://www.amazon.co.uk/GOLDEN-OLDIES-VINYL-FOCUS/dp/B00MW67KOE/ 

Golden Oldies is the first album released through the band's own imprint label and is going from strength to strength ! The LP is OUT NOW!

As well as this forthcoming vinyl release, the album continues to be OUT NOW on CD and Download:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Golden-Oldies-Focus/dp/B00INGB91W/
http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Oldies-Focus/dp/B00INGB91W/
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4574 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/golden-oldies/id859420874

 

Dutch Rock Legends FOCUS Release New Album 'Golden Oldies' On April 14, 2014

London, UK – Dutch rock legends Focus will be releasing their eagerly awaited new album on April 14, 2014. Titled 'Golden Oldies', the new release features re-recordings of classic Focus tracks, featuring “Hocus Pocus”, “Sylvia”, “House Of The King” and others. Focus has recently embarked on a world tour in support of their forthcoming album.

 

Thijs Van Leer explains, “Producing 'Golden Oldies' is tricky. Both the die hard Fans and the 2014 Focus-members were having doubts about this enterprise, because we didn't know if the recent recordings would match the original material, notwithstanding the fact that we had so much fun in doing the session, quick, romantic, virtuoso, full of funny moments & profoundness; But... the final mix turns out to be fantastic and we all are proud to release this album at our earliest convenience!! Halleluya!!!”

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their new album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000's, the band has gone from strength to strength, with their last studio album 'Focus X' still receiving considerable support from music fans across multiple genres. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is beloved Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972.

Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, completes the band's current line-up.

Most recently, the group's 1972 worldwide hit “Hocus Pocus” was featured in the major motion picture 'Robocop' starring Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.

To purchase Focus 'Golden Oldies': http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4574
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/golden-oldies/id859420874 

 
2014 - 02 - 16
Dutch Rock Legends FOCUS’ Hit Song “Hocus Pocus” Featured In New 'RoboCop' Film!

London, UK - Focus fans rejoice! The group's 1972 worldwide hit “Hocus Pocus” is now being featured in the major motion picture 'RoboCop' starring Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. The song, which features the distinctive and virtuosic yodeling by keyboardist Thijs Van Leer, was originally released on the band's critically acclaimed second album 'Moving Waves'.

Check out the 'RoboCop' promo clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8vuu0ZbvX8 

 

Says Thijs, “A good friend of mine was so lucky to be present at the pre-premiere of the new ROBOCOP and he called me WHILE 'Hocus Pocus' was played during the film, shouting, 'Hey Thijs, they put your genius song on the best sequence of the picture!!! Congratulations!!!!!' Since that very moment I am crazily happy about this luxurious feeling: as the composer, the yodeller, Hammond-organ player & flautist!! Halleluya!!!”

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!
After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is beloved Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, completes the band's current line-up.

Focus has been performing select shows in support of their forthcoming 11th album 'Golden Oldies', which features re-recordings of classic Focus tracks. Thijs explains, “Producing 'Golden Oldies' is tricky. Both the die hard fans and the 2014 Focus-members were having doubts about this enterprise, because we didn't know if the recent recordings would match the original material, notwithstanding the fact that we had so much fun in doing the session, quick, romantic, virtuoso, full of funny moments & profoundness; But... the final mix turns out to be fantastic and we all are proud to release this album at our earliest convenience!!”

 

CD pre-order link: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4574 

For more information: http://www.focustheband.com/ 

Focus is managed by QEDG Management info@qedg.co.uk 

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


 

2013 - 12 - 25

Dear Fans & Friends !

How overwhelming was your reaction both on our latest baby , FOCUS 10 , and on our live-
performances all over the globe !
As you know so well , we 've been workin' hard keepin' up the spirit to both creating new ma-
terial and also serve the "Golden Oldies" that recently resulted in a brandnew album !!
 It's release will be in another few WEEKS !!
Indeed we experienced so much love and serious interest from all of you ..
This obliges us to invite you with the same sincereness & joy in 2014 !!

Viva la Musica !

Thijs , Pierre , Menno , Geert & Bobby

 

2013 - 09 - 26

Thijs Van leer Evening

2013 - 09 - 22

Focus regret to announce the cancellation of their show in Mexico on the 23rd September.
The cancellation was beyond the control of both the promoter and the band.  All the members of Focus had looked forward to playing the show to their Mexican fans and hope to perform for them in the near future.

Op 4 oktober 2013 geeft FOCUS een concert in België : de Westrand te Dilbeek om 20 30 uur !
Voor de pauze speelt Thijs Introspection op de fluit , begeleid door Frank van Geest op de piano !
Bestel tickets hier.

FOCUS bestaat uit :

Pierre van der Linden , drums
Bobby Jacobs , basgitaar
Menno Gootjes , gitaar
Thijs van Leer , hammond-orgel & fluit