FOCUS ON FANS

A PLACE TO THE LETTERS FROM FOCUS´ FANS IN THE WEB
Part 10 - From 01/jan/2001 till 20/mar/2002

20 Mar 2002

Text-by: Bert Monster
email: bert.monster@fiat.com
country: The Netherlands
divulge-mail: YES
acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB

comments: Hello fans,
Focus is back again; they will give concerts in The Netherlands on 20
april by the Dutch town Nijmegen and at 26e april by the Dutch towm Zaandam;
whenever you want more information I can give you; I already visited a
concert some weeks ago in the Dutch town Arnhem

greetings,

Bert Monster


24 Feb 2002 Text-by: Ben Neiman email: bennyboy01@msn.com country: usa divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Hi Focusphiles, this website is very well done! I am looking for live recordings of guitarist Eef Albers, audio and video. He plays out in the Netherlands fairly regularly with his own group. Does anyone have video of him? Also, I believe he toured with Focus in Holland on their last tour in 1977. Can anyone verify? any tapes out there? I would like to trade tapes with any Eef collectors. Akkerman is fantastic also!
06 Jan 2002 Text-by: bill cort email: country: gb divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: focus are cool i love hocus pocus its wkd!
22 Dec 2001 Text-by: Graham Rees email: grahamr@global.co.za country: South Africa divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Outstanding tribute site! Thank you, Rodrigo, and thank you, Focus, for some of my best teenage memories and emotions. Come see us in South Africa soon - have you seen the exchange rate recently?
27 Nov 2001 Text-by: Alistair Webb email: webb302@aol.com.uk country: England divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Great site well presented. Can anyone tell me if the Live at Rainbow album was the entire concert.
26 Nov 2001 Text-by: PEET email: PEETDISC@HOTMAIL.COM country: AUSTRALIA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: G'DAY , I HAD THE HONOR OF SEEING FOCUS IN SYDNEY TWICE IN 74 AND ONCE IN 75 . OF COURSE , THEY WERE ABSOLUTELEY BRILLIANT ! I REMEMBER THIJS DOING A SLOW VERSION OF SYLVIA ON THE GRAND PIONO AND JAN DOING A PETER FRAMPTON INPERSONATION IN 75 ! BEING SO FAR AWAY FROM EUROPE , I DON'T GET TO SEE THEM , BUT I STILL BUY ALL THE SOLO WORK AND CATCH UP ON THINGS VIA THIS WONDERFUL WEBSITE . SEEYA , PEET.
26 Nov 2001 Text-by: peet email: peetdisc@hotmail.com country: australia divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: LINK IN ANOTHER ROCK PAGE comments: GREAT SITE - HAVE BEEN A FOCUSPHILE SINCE 1972 , AND HAVE COLLECTED / STILL COLLECT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS WONDERFUL BAND AS WELL AS AKKERMAN AND VAN LEER - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK RODRIGO ! -ALL THE BEST , PEET.
28 Oct 2001 Text-by: Nico van der Linden email: njhvdl@hetnet.nl country: The Netherlands divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: WORD OF A FRIEND comments: Dear Sirs, as an early pupil of Thijs van Leer [late 60ties] and a family-member of the original drummer I've been a fan since their very first concert ever. I've been recording them during their early years at various concerts in the Netherlands. Even a jammsession on January 5th 1970 while they were playing Miles Davis stuff. - Lots of luck with this website, yours sincerely Nico van der Linden
27 Oct 2001 Text-by: jose mauricio angelini figueiredo email: joamf14@hotmail.com country: brasil divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: one of the better group in all world! they dissapear isnt it a pitty. virtuoses like jan and thjis togheter is so rare!!
18 Oct 2001 Text-by: David Mckeown email: david@keown.freeserve.co.uk country: N. Ireland divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: I was very lucky to see Focus in the early seventies both in Dublin and Belfast. They were undoubtedly the greatest rock band of their time and to this day I don't know of anyone better. Their sound on stage was equal to their recorded stuff and the sheer ability to make melodic tunes was I think unique.I still enjoy performances by the likes of our own Van Morrison etc. but why Focus have never got together seriously again is hard to understand as I think they would possibly be even more appreciated now with so much rubbish about.Well at least I still have their cds(and the memories!!)
18 Sep 2001 Text-by: Dave Smale email: country: England divulge-mail: NO acquaintance: LINK IN ANOTHER ROCK PAGE comments: Great web site on the most unique band I've ever heard, even to this day. I first came across Focus on the BBC radio programme Sounds of the 70s back in 1972, I think the track was Anonymous 2. My interest developed from there, through all the subsequent albums, right up until the 1985 album, after which I lost track of what the band were doing. Saw them twice as well, at the Bristol Colston Hall in 1974 & 1976 (Phillip Catherine had joined just a week or so earlier, I think). Favourite tracks? Too many to mention, but I always did feel that the Hamburger Concerto track was & still is one of the finest pieces of music I've ever heard from anyone. Good luck to all the band members for the future, whatever they're doing. Now isn't it about time one of these Focus videos people have been writing about elsewhere on this site actually APPEARED in the shops in Bristol?? I have never seen one anywhere at all around here!
07 Sep 2001 Text-by: Pedro ViC email: pedrovc@bol.com.br country: Brasil divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: THE GEOCITIES comments: Absolutily wonderfull !
29 Aug 2001 Text-by: Rob Sheard email: robevchris@rsheard.fsworld.co.uk country: england divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: missed seeing Jan last year at international guitar fest, wirral, by just two tickets. Is it too much to hope he will play this year? Anyway, Focus are one of the only bands I regularly devote whole evenings of vinyl reverie to, and it's spreading! You would be suprised how many people are in need of 20 minutes of total guitar assault!(per side). I have just paid top dollar for Jan's solo "Profile". Oh My bleeding fingers! Love on ya Rob.
21 Aug 2001 Text-by: Serge CHIASSON email: serge.chiasson@free.fr country: France divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: This site is really great! I appreciate the discography. By the way, I'm looking for live recordings of Focus and Jan Akkerman.
29 Jul 2001 Text-by: Robert J. Pagan email: robertjpagan@aol.com country: USA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: I like to take this opportunity to thank all the musicians from FOCUS! (Thijs van Leer/Jan Akkerman/Pierre Van Der Linden/Bert Ruiter/Martun Dresden/Hans Cleuver/Cyril Havermans/Colin Allen and David Kemper). Thank You for the song 'RED SKY AT NIGHT'and the best composition album "HAMBURGER CONCERTO". The album JAN AKKERMAN & KAZ LUX ELI, EXCELLANT COMPOSITIONS(Guardian Angel,Wings Of Strings and Naked Actress). God Bless You All!!! Devoted Fan, Robert J. San Diego, Ca. USA
24 Jul 2001 Text-by: Glen Westwood email: glenwestwood13@hotmail.com country: OZ divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Hello, I'm looking for Akkerman @ Focus video footage and am able to trade for the stuff I have which will no doubt be of interest to you all but I'm looking for a good copy of the Brazil gig of which I have a copy of though want a better one and so if anyone out there can help then get in touch. I've got about 5 hours of material and will trade or sell. If you have something nice I'd like to hear from you and am also looking for rare recordings by Jan. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Cheers. Glen
02 May 2001 Text-by: Joana Lopes email: joanalopes@netcabo.pt country: Portugal divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: I simply LOVED this page!!!!!!! The only thing I would like to add is that I haven't found any information about Rick Van Der Linden's 'White Ladies' single :-( It's from the 70's, and I would love to get it somehow. Please contact me if you have some informaion on this matter. Congratulations for the webpage!!!!!!
01 may 2001 Text-by: Mario Clavell Larrinaga email: mclavell@euskalnet.net country: Basque Country divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Fantastic web! I look for Focus's sheet music. Who knows where can I find it?
30 Mar 2001 Text-by: Indra email: fish_indra@marillion.net country: Indonesia divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: I love Focus very much. I still remember when i was heard the music of Focus for the first time.I bought the 'Focus 3' album. And i think they were one of the great progressive rock band in the world.
10 Mar 2001 Text-by: Kees Brunott email: mailbox@brunott.com country: Zwiserland divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Op zoek naar mijn oude vrind en ooit mede voormalig bandlid van de caps bert ruiter alswaar ook hans van hemert zich vocaal roerde.
24 Feb 2001 Text-by: Jonathan Ellington email: JEllington@JEAS.FSBusiness.co.uk country: Scotland divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Nice site. Focus best band ever. Akkerman best guitarist/musician ever - his recent stuff gets better and better.Does anyone know where I can get Joachim Kuhn & Jan Akkerman "Live" CD? (New or S/H). Volker Kuhn site is very good too.
14 Feb 2001 Text-by: Dr George Nash email: georgejayne@lineone.net country: England divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Is it possible you get hold of solo work (on CD) of Jan Akkerman, in particular 10,000 Clowns
31 Jan 2001 Text-by: Volker Koehn email: tunkan27@aol.com country: Germany divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: hi, please can you put a link on your site to my german Jan Akkerman Fanpage ? the adress is: www.tunkan.de/akkerweb/index5.html the authorized original akkerweb site in the netherlands (janakkerman.nl) has a link in their navigation bar to my gallery and you´ll find me in their link section too. thanks
01 Jan 2001 Text-by: Vladimir email: volyak@mail.ru country: Russia divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: LINK IN ANOTHER ROCK PAGE comments: Amasing web site with very convenient navigation, and wonderful decoration with much respect expressed toward Focus&Co. I've been a Focus fan for several recent years and it is obviosly due to Jan Akkerman and his ability to 'cover' different music styles I widened my musical horizon and now I am more keen on jazz rock and fusion. Unfortunately it's very difficult (and in Russia expensive as well) to find and buy Jan's releases. Still being a Focus fan I haven't yet heard some of their works(1st album, Ship of memories, Con Proby and Focus'85). But I am pretty sure the time will come and I will have them (and more!!!) in my CD collection. My best regards to all ya. Long Live Focus!!!



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