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Gezellig! Dutch rock band pay first visit to music venue in city

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Bobby Jacobs - bass

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LEGENDARY rock band Focus, still fronted by founder member Thijs van Leer, are making their first appearance in Derby.

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the 1970s as the most successful and appreciated of all Dutch pop-rock exports.

Fronted by 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 early 2000, which resulted in the well-received albums Focus 8 and Focus 9, the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up.

Along with van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed 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 of the group's career, complete the band's current line-up.

Recently, Focus's biggest hit Hocus Pocus was used in a four-minute Nike commercial before a World Cup broadcast.

Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.

Organisers said: "A new Focus era has arrived. There is a rejuvenated passion in the new compositions that adorn the new album Focus X, which features a full-scale Roger Dean painting on the cover."

Van Leer, who holds the distinction of being the first knighted musician in Holland, said: "It's a thrill to have finally completed Focus X; we are all ecstatic and looking forward to playing the new material on the forthcoming Focus X World Tour."

The gig is at the Flowerpot in King Street, on Friday, May 9. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £15.00 and are available at www.rawpromo.co.uk or by calling 01332 834438.

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