My name is Peter Derieuw and I live in Belgium, Europe.
I want to know the nationality of Philip Catherine.
I know he was born in London in 1942 to an English mother and a Belgian
father but do not know the nationality.
Can you supply me with this information and double check it ?
Thanks and hoping to hear from you soon.
P. Derieuw (Belgium)
I'm Piotr, from Poland.
My friend is looking for any video (clips,films,concerts) with group
This man is a big fan of FOCUS.
He ask where he can buy this video materials.
Please send me any known addresses or informations.
Thank You very,very much!!!
Thanks for the beautiful pages full of information about Focus.
I've been a focus fan since the beginning,but don't like focus without
Jan Akkerman because there is no guitar player who can play like him.
Jan van Beek (Netherlands)
I'm very interested in getting a copy on CD of the Thijs Van Leer album
Collage. (The 4 Introspection albums on 2 CD's)
I live in USA. Do you have any info on where i might get this CD from?
Thanks for any information.
Colin Brill. (USA)
I can't thank you enough for your Focus tribute pages. Theirs was the
music of my life while I was growing up, and it still moves me perhaps
more than any other I've heard. The only time I saw the band was clips
shown on "The Midnight Special" years ago, and I was surprised and
delighted to hear that various Focus videos were available in one form
or another. I hope one of the other Focus maniacs out there will e-mail
me with information about how I might someday obtain some of these. I'd
be very grateful!
I will make one addition to the information on your site. Cyril
Havermans had at least one additional album following "Cyril." It was
called "Mind Wave," and I would give you specifics regarding date, label
and song list -- but my copy is in storage some miles from my home. I
will make a special point to locate the information for you. As I
remember, it was a very enjoyable listen -- harder rock in style than
Many thanks again for your good work!
Timothy Baugh wrote:
> Have the Focus tour dates for Holland been announced yet? Will there
> be a new CD to promote on the tour?
> Tim Baugh
To reply on your question about the tour dates for Focus. We are still
negotiating several concert halls for contracts for Focus. Probably
mid-september or beginning october they will start touring. In the
meantime they are really hard working on new compositions for their come
back CD. They presented their first single at the press presentation
last monday, april 6th, at the Holland Experience Theater in Amsterdam.
It may well be possible that we shall perform extra concerts before
september and we will sure let everybody know via Internet or E-mail.
Showbiz Events Int. Holland
I've just been folowing links to some record store websites and noticed that
a single called "Movin' Somethin' was released last year. It appears on
most of the sites under "Focus" alongside available Focus CDs.
It appears that this Focus is a black "hip hop" group, not the one we know
Given that Focus have reformed, are internationally known and presumably
will be after a US record deal at the moment or in the near future, it
strikes me that the copyright holders to the name (presumably Thijs van
Leer) need to know about this other group, and will have to ensure that at
least the two groups are separated when it comes to publicity, listings,
etc. even if the other group have the right to use the name, which I doubt.
It's quite possible that Focus fans browsing these online stores could buy
the other group's record without realising; and will then ignore genuine
Seeing your link to the tour management, and your knowledge of the current
situation, I wondered if you are in a position to pass this info on to the
relevant people, if in fact you and they don't know already?
John Huff (UK)
Santos, 4 de abril de 1998
Estou comunicando meu endereço. Por gentileza, entrem em contato
quando quiserem ou quando puderem. Um abraço.
Valdir Montanari (Brasil)
Age of stone mail: email@example.com
Hi Rodrigo, Timothy, Dave, Irene and Joseph,
Tomorrow, 6 april 1998, will be the day that Thijs van Leer announces the NEW
Focus line-up and also more info on the new Focus CD and Tour, which will
tour around the Netherlands in theatres (like Carre in Amsterdam....
beautiful and historic venue). There will be a press-presentation tomorrow
Thijs said this just a few minutes ago in the 75th anniversary broadcast of
the Dutch 'AVRO' (TV and radio organisation), after which he sang his
version of "McArthur Parc' (by Richard Harris of course). For all you tapers
out there....I have it all recorded on MiniDisc....
The new line-up, announced by Thijs, is:
Thijs van Leer - vocals, hammond organ, flutes Bert Ruiter - bass guitar
Menno Gootjes - guitar (he was announced by Thijs as a 'wonder-child'.....!)
Hans Cleuver - drums
I think there will be plenty of articles about this news in the Dutch
newpapers next Tuesday (as it will be announced tomorrow), so I will keep
you all informed.
The day started right !!!!! (and will end also fantastic with Jan playing
Best regards, Wouter Bessels (Netherlands)
I just found your web site, which is I think about the best I've seen
covering the band - although the Akkernet site is in some ways better at
covering Jan, it is "official" and limited to one member.
In particular, the coverage of Philip Catherine pleased me, as other
websites and features on the band don't take him seriously. GIven some more
time he could have given Focus a new impetus.
I'm not too hopeful regarding the new Focus lineup - the old standard is not
dated, and too high to match. I think that in any other context, for
example, I would find Ton Koopman, Jan Akkerman's new drummer, superb; but
he has to replace Pierre van der Linden on the Focus pieces, and that
seems quite impossible! I hope they'll try to be different and that the
new guitarist has a strong enough style, and a determination NOT to be an
I have two criticisms of the site though. One is that the discographies are
given without LP/CD number and label details. I'm sure that many of these
releases never hit the UK, and I'm interested in some of them. Much of the
Akkerman stuff is numbered on Akkernet; I'm sure since you have album
covers, you must have at least some release details.
The other is that I'd like to see somebody really take on Piere van der
Linden's post-Focus career. I have heard snippets of his plating in various
Dutch jazz outfits and want to get hold of some of it, and know more about
him post-Focus. There's an interview on the Akkernet site but no real
detail... full marks for at least picking up on the Trace album which is
The links page is good too, and should keep me busy for a while.
John Huff (UK)
Olá, Gostaria de saber se o Focus ainda está na ativa, vai lançar algum disco
ou vai fazer algum show ? cordialmente.
Victor Miranda (Brasil)
How do I go about obtaining copies of the videos you have listed as
available? I live in the L.A. area, does the band plan on stopping here on
the tour? Thanks, nice tribute page.
I was looking at your web page of Thijs Van Leer's solo works and it was
nice to see several of his works I didn't know about. At least I know what
to look for next time I go to europe because sadly, these CD's are not
available in the US.
There is one CD I have of his that was not in your list. "Hommage Aan Rogier
Van Otterloo" by Pim Jacobs, Thijs Van Leer, Louis Van Dijk, and Ruud
Jacobs. The CD features newer versions of Sylvia, House of the king, Rondo
I and Rondo II among the 16 tracks. I'm not sure what year it was
released, but it was released on Columns Disc.
Gostei muito do seu site sobre o FOCUS, que eh um grupo que gosto muito.
O Site esta muito bem organizado e traz muitas novidades para mim (Inclusive
uma possivel volta do grupo).
Aqui no Rio de Janeiro, tive muita dificuldade de conseguir completar a
discografia basica do FOCUS (Os oito 1os. CDs). Na area de videos, o que
consegui foi copias (de ma qualidade) de 3 videos: At the Rainbow;
Coletanea de algumas musicas (Provavelmente Europeu) e uma introducao
(4-5 Min.) de Hamburguer Concerto.
Pergunto: Como faco para conseguir uma copia (ou original) do At The Raimbow
(Boa imagem, Som estereo e etc...) ??? Nessa fonte existem outros videos ???
Mande noticias !!!
Desde ja obrigado,
Solon de Luna Freire da Fonseca (Rio de Janeiro - Brasil)
I' ve followed Focus for the last 24 years and collected quite a few of the
solo records of Thijs and Jan. I notice that you have listed quite a few
vidoes on your Site, are they available in Portugal ?
Bom, em primeiro lugar gostaria de parabeniza-lo pela otima pagina sobre
aquela que, para mim, e uma das mais fantasticas bandas de Rock Progressivo
que este mundo ja conheceu. Faz um bom tempo que conheco esta pagina
mas somente hoje e que me toquei que o seu autor era brasileiro.
Olha, estou com um problema. Eu estou louco atras de duas coisas basicas:
1-Preciso comprar os Cds do Focus que me faltam (so tenho os tres primeiros).
2-Preciso das letras das musicas (e e ai que espero que me ajude).
Toco guitarra, estou aprendendo teclado (e voce?) e transcrevi a musica
Focus (vocal) para a partitura e tablatura. O problema e que nao sei a
Letra (meu Ingles esta em faze de aperfeicoamento).
Gostaria que voce me ajudasse nesta busca insaciavel pelas letras do Focus.
Ah, tambem toco Hocus Pocus (tirei do Harmony central). Por favor me
Ah, me passe informacoes sobre o material que voce possui da banda e onde
posso adquirir mais coisas (videos, pirataria, fotos , broches, cuecas,
Espero uma resposta breve...
PS: Tambem me interesso por Gentle Giant, Genesis, Yes, Camel e toda
aquela cambada legal...
No site Lyrics.ch encontrei letras do Gentle e do Rick Wakeman dentre
Edson I. dos Anjos (Brasil)
I'm looking foor the sheetmusic of "Introspection" Please can you help me
find it, because in Belgium it's no longer available. Tips are welcome too.
Parabens pela ótima página do Focus. Sou um antigo fã do Focus e de
todo o bom Rock Progressivo.
To: Mr. Rodrigo Mantovani
Dear Mr. Mantovani, it was quite exciting to read on your web-site that FOCUS
are planning a tour of Europe some time in the future.
We would definitely be interested in a colaboration with this unique band and
would therefore be most obliged to receive a contact address.
Do you know how we could get in touch with Thijs Van Leer...?
Thank you for your efforts.
Looking forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience, I remain
with best regards, Yours sincerely
Wolfgang Condin BLUE ORCHID ARTIST MANAGEMENT (Germany)
I read the Thijs van Leer interview today. By the way, I was born in
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, but I moved to the United States before I could
learn Portuguese. My oldest brother speaks fluent Portuguese, and his wife
is from Lisbon. My parents are from the U.S.A. My video copy of "Live at
the Rainbow" is pretty good, and it came, ironically, from "Rock Concert", a
Brazilian TV show.
Thanks for writing back.
A l e c
Alec Stevens (USA)
IVAN PRADO FROES
e-mail adress firstname.lastname@example.org
E aí, cara beleza? Quero te parabenizar pela ótima página sobre a banda
FOCUS, sua pesquisa foi muito bem feita e seu trabalho merece ser
reconhecido, ainda mais por você ser um brasileiro fanático por uma banda
holandesa. Por incrível que pareça eu tive meus primeiros contatos com
FOCUS por acaso através de uma revista (catálogo) que vende CDs, no qual
tinha um CD (Moving Waves), este por sinal era conhecido pelo meu pai, no
tempo de faculdade (anos 70, lógico!). Mais é isso aí vou estudar mais as
informações sobre FOCUS e quem sabe um dia a gente não troca uma idéia.
P.S. Eu tenho uma banda que tem influencia de rock progressivo e que esta
fazendo trabalho proprio, se você tiver algum contato que nos ajude a
mostrar nosso trabalho, por favor me dê um toque. ( GRATO).
To Whom It May Concern,
I live in Taiwan. Could you advise me where to buy Thijs Van Leer's CDs on WWW?
Peter Cheng (Taiwan)
Dear Rodrigo how can I purchase the video Live at the rainbow?
With kind regards
Jan van Beek. (Netherlands)
Hello Rodrigo !
I just visited your wonderful Focus web-site.
It´s really the best Focus site on the net.
I was really happy to that there was that many videos with Focus.
So my question is now, how do I get to see those videos.
Is there any place to get that stuff. That would really be great.
Can you help me.
Steffen Focus-fan from Denmark
Por 10 anos tenho procurado encontrar o album "Hamburger Concerto" e não
encontro. Fiquei sabendo que não foi lançada a versão em CD. Estou disposta a
comprar em vinil mesmo usado. Se vocês tiverem alguma informação a respeito,
please e-mail me.
Obrigada, Maria Freitas (São Paulo - Brasil)
You listed Focus videos on your website, but did not say how or where
to purchase them. I have the names and addresses of two U.S. video dealers
who have some Focus videos that were not on your list. For example, I have
"Focus Live at (Thijs van Leer's) Home" from very early 1971 with Jan,
Thijs, Cyril, and Pierre playing "House of the King", "Focus...(reprise)",
"Eruption" (excerpt), a Bach flute solo, "Le Clochard", "Focus 2", and other
songs (about 20 minutes long). And I have "In Concert" (UK) from July 1974
with Jan, Thijs, Bert, and Colin playing "Hocus Pocus" and "No Hangups", and
I have the Midnight Special from early 1975 where they play part of
Alec Stevens (USA)