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    Posted: September 10 2012 at 05:30
From Martin Kielty via UK's 'Prog' magazine: http://www.progrockmag.com/news/focus-sign-deal-for-next-album/:
 
"Focus have signed to 4 Worlds Media in the run-up to the release of new album Focus X – and Thijs van Leer is celebrating a new era for his band.
 
The veteran frontman says: “It’s a thrill to have finally completed Focus X. We are all ecstatic and looking forward to playing the material on the forthcoming tour.”
 
He vows fans will be “surprised at the strength and depth” of the new tracks, due out in November.
 
Organist, flautist and vocalist van Leer is joined by long-standing drummer Pierre van der Linden and bassist Bobby Jacobs, plus guitarist Menno Gootjes, who joined in 2010 for a second stint.
 
Focus X features cover artwork by Roger Dean, who’ll be on hand to show the original work off at Fletching, East Sussex, on November 16 during the band’s UK tour."
 
08/11  Buxton Opera House
09/11  Hessle Town Hall
10/11  Glasgow The Ferry
11/11  Hebden Bridge Trades Club
13/11  Wolverhampton Robin 2
14/11  Runcorn The Brindley
15/11  Barnsley Birdwell
16/11  Fletching Trading Boundaries
17/11  Tavistock The Wharf
18/11  Sutton Boom Boom Club
19/11  Milton Keynes The Stables
20/11  Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
 
David Robinson (F2 Music) has the album listed on his progrock.co.uk website as being released on 29th October, in two editions - pre-order price £11.99 (Limited Edition) or £9.99 (Standard Edition).
 
 
FOCUS - X (Limited edition)
 
 
Aya-Yuppie-Hippie-Yee!!  Thumbs Up

 


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Hey, these are awesome news! I saw them playing live in March, and the band sounded incredibly tight, I'm really looking forward to get this album Big smile
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^  Agreed! I've seen them live too, at the Wolverhampton (Bilston more accurately) Robin 2 venue, and they were tremendous, but let's face it, these guys have been playing together off-and-on for quite some time now, so there's every reason for them to be a tight band. Should be a really cracking tour!!  Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lima96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 10 2012 at 07:37
Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

^  Agreed! I've seen them live too, at the Wolverhampton (Bilston more accurately) Robin 2 venue, and they were tremendous, but let's face it, these guys have been playing together off-and-on for quite some time now, so there's every reason for them to be a tight band. Should be a really cracking tour!!  Thumbs Up
Consider yourself lucky, as the band is going to be touring in your country. I live in Argentina, and this year's gig was their only one in here so far. My hopes are kind of high for a second time, anyway Tongue
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They have played there twice: The other time was 25th March 2003 at Teatro Astral, Buenos Aires. They have played  much more regularly in Brazil of couse, and to a lesser extent in Mexico. Hopefully, if the new material is well received they will come to you again one day too. Smile

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Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

They have played there twice: The other time was 25th March 2003 at Teatro Astral, Buenos Aires. They have played  much more regularly in Brazil of couse, and to a lesser extent in Mexico. Hopefully, if the new material is well received they will come to you again one day too. Smile
Dude, I was 10 years old back then LOL, I barely listened to any music Tongue

Thank you for the good vibes anyway, at least in their last visit I could get a few autographs by the band (it was more of a pure luck thing than anything). I even had the chance to have a small chat with Bobby Jacobs and Menno Gootjes, I was wearing a Discipline shirt that night (the King Crimson album, not the band) and Gootjes was wearing a Kiss shirt, and we both agreed on King Crimson being an incredible band and how easily Kiss went downhill quickly, after releasing a semi-decent first album Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2012 at 01:52
The last two albums are criminally underrated imo so looking forward to this.
Seen them live about 2 or 3 times in the last ten years , always great value.
 
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BTW there is also a Vinyl release according to CD services
FOCUS: X (2LP-180gm Blue Vinyl Edition - Stock # T1559409) 2LP £17.99
 
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Originally posted by Lima96 Lima96 wrote:

Dude, I was 10 years old back then LOL, I barely listened to any music Tongue
 
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Great news, thank you. I'm very keen on this.
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I am looking forward to the new album of Focus... Interesting music to look out for!
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wish Focus would come to NYC---hopefully they will and play Hamberger Concerto!!
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So exciting.. I'm really eager to hear the new material
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 22 2012 at 10:18
Indeed!...But I've just got to share this cover of one of their very old songs with you:
 
 
 
 
A tremendous effort - Live at Marillion Weekend 2007: Steve Hogarth is a truly great singer, but no match for Thijs van Leer when it comes to yodeling!! LOL


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Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

Indeed!...But I've just got to share this cover of one of their very old songs with you:
 
 
 
 
A tremendous effort - Live at Marillion Weekend 2007: Steve Hogarth is a truly great singer, but no match for Thijs van Leer when it comes to yodeling!! LOL

God, I can't stand Hogarth, makes me sick

To me Hogarth is to Marillion as Collins (vocals ) was to Genesis.

Nobody can yodel as Thijs and very few have his charisma, I wish he joined with Jan Akkerman once more


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I like Hogarth and the latest Marillion album is excellent imo.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 20 2012 at 05:31
Some footage from the Robin 2 gig in Bilston a week ago today (November 13th):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And a couple from the same venue this time last year:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

I've seen them live too, at the Wolverhampton (Bilston more accurately) Robin 2 venue


Great venue - do you remember the original Robin 1 in Merryhellhill, though?

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Saw them in Sheffield a couple of years back, what a show!
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