Dutch progressive favourites Focus seem to have a favourable following wind nowadays.. In 2019 Focus released the band’s first studio album for 6 years, Focus 11, which came complete with brand new Roger Dean artwork. The year was then spent touring from South America to Japan and everywhere in between in support of the new album.
2020 saw the 50th anniversary of the formation of Focus. Unfortunately, celebrations had to be put on hold due to global events, but 2021 brought the 50th anniversary of Moving Waves, as well as the deluxe boxset Focus50 featuring Blu-ray and CD of the Live In Rio concert as well as a studio rerecord of all the Focus numbers.
Finally, 2022 means a return to touring in a real way, and the band are delighted to be performing again! The timeless classics are still featuring in Hollywood blockbusters: Hocus Pocus has been featured in a global ad campaign for Nike, Top Gear and feature films such as Baby Driver, while Sylvia, and House Of The King will, of course, be on the bill… and of course some of the Focus numbers will make an appearance!
The band, consists of Thijs van Leer (Hammond organ, flute and vocals) and Pierre van der Linden (drums), who are delighted to still be performing 50 years on, together with Menno Gootjes (guitar) and Udo Pannekeet (bass) who are among the cream of Dutch musicians and grew up with the genius of Focus. Together, they are excited to be getting back to their fans and returning to the stage to play the music they love with the energy and passion of a teenage band!!!!.
The band has toured extensively in the UK and Europe, including some great festivals, and now have the following UK dates confirmed:
Tuesday 22 November Chiselhurst The Beaverwood
Wednesday 23 November Southampton The 1865
Thursday 24 November Wolverhampton Robin 2
Friday 25 November Falmouth Princes Pavilion
Saturday 26 November Lewes Conservative Club
Sunday 27 November Grimsby Yardbirds
Tuesday 29 November Kinross Green Hotel
Wednesday 30 November Kinross Green Hotel
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Thijs van Leer – Hammond organ, flute, and vocals
Pierre van der Linden – drums
Menno Gootjes – guitar
Udo Pannekeet – bass