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Focus Tour Uk this November…

But a few years ago, a new era began for legendary Dutch band Focus, and, with it, a rejuvenated passion amongst the band. In 2019 they released their first studio album for six years, Focus 11, that 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.

With the dawn of 2020 came the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation. Unfortunately, celebrations had to be put on hold due to global events. 2021 brought the 50th anniversary of the classsic Moving Waves album, as well as the deluxe boxset Focus50 featuring Blu-ray and CD of a Live In Rio concert as well as a studio record of all the Focus numbers. 

Now, in 2022, Focus is able to make a return to touring in a real way, and the band are said to be delighted that they will be able to perform live again. On the bill, fans can expect timeless classics such ‘Hocus Pocus’ that has been featured in a global advert campaign for Nike, on Top Gear and in feature films such as Baby Driver, while the likes of ‘Sylvia’ and ‘House Of The King’ will also be performed.

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 said to be: “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 festivals, with further UK dates set for November, that you can find listed below, with tickets available by clicking here.

FOCUS NOVEMBER UK TOUR DATES

Tuesday 22 November – The Beaverwood, Chiselhurst                                                 

Wednesday 23 November – The 1865, Southampton

Thursday 24 November – Robin 2, Wolverhampton     

Friday 25 November – Princes Pavilion, Falmouth                        

Saturday 26 November – Conservative Club, Lewes     

Sunday 27 November – Yardbirds, Grimsby                                                        

Tuesday 29 November – Green Hotel, Kinross                               

Wednesday 30 November – Green Hotel, Kinross    

Focus Live photo by Johnny Price.
Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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