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Topic: Focus - New Album "X" Due November/UK dates
Posted By: yam yam
Subject: Focus - New Album "X" Due November/UK dates
Date 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/" rel="nofollow - 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).
 
 
http://www.progrock.co.uk/cgibin/ss000002.pl?PRODREF=P16570&NOLOGIN=1" rel="nofollow">FOCUS - X (Limited edition)
 
http://www.progrock.co.uk/" rel="nofollow - http://www.progrock.co.uk/
 
Aya-Yuppie-Hippie-Yee!!  Thumbs Up

 



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Posted By: Lima96
Date Posted: September 10 2012 at 06:52
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


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: September 10 2012 at 07:10
^  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


Posted By: Lima96
Date Posted: September 10 2012 at 07:37
Originally posted by yam yam

^  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


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: September 10 2012 at 09:15
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


Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: September 10 2012 at 15:45
Thumbs Up cool news

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Posted By: Lima96
Date Posted: September 10 2012 at 22:45
Originally posted by yam yam

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


Posted By: richardh
Date 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.
 


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: September 11 2012 at 02:01
BTW there is also a Vinyl release according to CD services
FOCUS: X (2LP-180gm Blue Vinyl Edition - Stock # T1559409) 2LP £17.99
 
http://www.cd-services.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.cd-services.com/


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: September 11 2012 at 03:14
Originally posted by Lima96

Dude, I was 10 years old back then LOL, I barely listened to any music Tongue
 
LOL! - When I was 10 years old all I had to listen to was The Beatles, The Searchers and The Dave Clark Five! Prog wasn't even a dot on the horizon in those days, but I loved my music nevertheless! The first record I ever had bought for me by my parents was 'Nellie The Elephant' by Mandy Miller - originally released in 1956...and when you listen to this, and realise the kind of stuff I was brought up on, perhaps you'll appreciate why I have such a nightmare these days trying to understand all the modern prog sub genres!!
 
 
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Needless to say, 'trumping' has been banned in our house ever since... Ermm  Back to topic


Posted By: npjnpj
Date Posted: September 11 2012 at 04:52
Great news, thank you. I'm very keen on this.

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Posted By: Whistler
Date Posted: September 12 2012 at 07:30
I am looking forward to the new album of Focus... Interesting music to look out for!


Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: September 12 2012 at 18:52
wish Focus would come to NYC---hopefully they will and play Hamberger Concerto!!


Posted By: simonwood44
Date Posted: September 21 2012 at 19:38
So exciting.. I'm really eager to hear the new material

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Posted By: yam yam
Date 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:
 
 
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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


Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: September 22 2012 at 11:10
Originally posted by yam yam

Indeed!...But I've just got to share this cover of one of their very old songs with you:
 
 
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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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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: September 23 2012 at 02:28
I like Hogarth and the latest Marillion album is excellent imo.


Posted By: yam yam
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 05:31
Some footage from the Robin 2 gig in Bilston a week ago today (November 13th):
 
 
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And a couple from the same venue this time last year:
 
 
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Posted By: Jim Garten
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 07:06
Originally posted by yam yam

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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Posted By: aapatsos
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 13:51
Saw them in Sheffield a couple of years back, what a show!

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 20 2012 at 15:05
Pity they no longer come to Swindon. Two great gigs at The Art Centre as I remember after the Focus 8 and Focus 9 releases.



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