24 September 1998
Text-by: Manuel Quintana
country: Canary Islands (SPAIN)
acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB
First of all, I am sorry for my english.
I am very happy to find this web site of one of the best groups of progressive
music. Focus is, for me and my friends, a very important part of our memory
of the 70's when we were at the secondary school and we meet at a friend's
house to listen to the music of Focus, ELP, Camel, Yes, etc. Also, we are
very interested in the return of this group. We wish Focus was very lucky
in the future and continue creating so beautiful music.
We have a dream: to see and to hear Focus live, in a concert.
If possible in our islands (the Canary Islands).
24 September 1998
Topic: cd Van Leer
I would like to buy several cd of Thjis Van Leer.
Do you know how I can do it? Thank you.
Podrias decirme como y donde conseguir el CD de Thijs van Leer,
Renacimiento, y cualquier otro de el. Gracias.
Monica Beltran - firstname.lastname@example.org
23 September 1998
Topic: Nice Site
Nice Focus page! You know, I have a copy of the Rainbow concert on video,
but the quality is not very good. I've been looking for a better copy for
years, but one never turns up...Keep up the good work!
18 September 1998
Text-by: Marco Tulio T. de S. Seixas
acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB
No comments. The music of Focus is WONDERFUL !!!
8 September 1998
Topic: Focus no ubl
Visitei novamente a página do Focus está muito boa.
As páginas com o livro do Valdir estão excelentes.
Ahh coloque sua página no ubl(Ultimate band list)
É um searcher apenas para músca na Web
Daniel V.Gomes (Brazil)
1 September 1998
Topic: FOCUS on Television (just their music)
I was watching the Biography series on the Arts & Entertainment network (USA)
last night. They were doing a profile of the tennis player Billy Jean King.
(This is the woman for whom Elton John wrote the song "Philadelphia Freedom.")
While discussing her work in the 1970s I realized that that familiar music
they were playing in the background was "Sylvia" from FOCUS 3. They played it
for quite some time (while talking over it, of course.) It went very well
with the high-powered tennis matches that were being shown.
Just thought I'd share that with you.
Thank you for a great web page.
26 August 1998
Topic: Thijs Van Leer Solo Works
I am a classical music lover as well as progrssive rock music fan.
Thijs Van leer solo works gave me very satisfying listening experience.
I very much appreciate and rely on the information your web site provided
to purchase CD's. One particular CD causes some confusion here.
The CD titled "Collage" on your web site indicated it is a compilation
of previously released Introspection albums and yet I found all the import
dealer who carries this CD told me that it is only a single CD.
The other 2-CD set called "Introspection Collection" matches the track
listing of "Collage". Is this a mistake and if so, what is the content
on "Collage" ? I will appreciate if you can find out and correct the web
page if it is incorrect. Thank you very much and have a great day!
Regards, Ben (Houston, USA)
21 August 1998
Topic: Focus- Brazil Tour
Dear MR. Hermans,
Allow me introduce myself my name is Stephen Altit and i own a production
company here in Brazil .The name of the company is TOP CAT PRODUÇÕES ARTÌSTCAS
Top Cat Produções Artísticas is a well known production company in this country
and we manage some national artists (I am personal manager for some of the
most important Brazilian artists, one of them is Singer / Composer call
Ivan Lins) and also we act bringing international acts to perform here in
Brazil. for the past 07 years year we are promoting a Festival Call
TOP CAT BLUES FESTIVAL that we bring JAZZ/BLUES and ROCK to perform in
Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Last week we promoted a tour with Renaissance ( The 70´s Group) and i was
talking with some of their fans and they said that you manifest to a person
(I think his name is Rodrigo) the idea of bringging Focus to perform here in
Brazil for the end of the year... So this email is to beggin a conversation
on the possibilities.and also to inquire some things like :
Who is on the Band ? Do they play all their Hits ? How many people traveling ?
from where ? Status on air tickets ? Coach ? Average of fee for 02 shows
( Rio de janeiro and São Paulo Do you manage another band ? becouse we would
have to thick in a double bill with Focus, becouse they dont have a big
audience to fill the venues alone. If you dont manage other bands could you
thik who would be good to share the tour ?
I´m looking forward to hear from you
Stephen Altit Stephen Mark Altit Top Cat Produções Artisticas
My Phone is 55.21.5124133 Fax : 55.21.2942495
Email : email@example.com
Web : http://www.topcat.com.br
Add : Rua Visconde de Pirajá 550 sala 606 - Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro - RJ
Brazil - ZC 22410-002 - We Have the Top Events
20 August 1998
Caro Rodrigo: Tive tantas coisas para fazer, depois que cheguei de viagem,
que nem tive tempo de escrever para os amigos. Estou escrevendo para dizer
que dei uma passada por Amsterdã. Fiquei lá num sábado. A cidade é muito
bonita, mas ao mesmo tempo um pouco confusa. Há pessoas de todas as
partes do mundo ali, o que faz com que se sinta até um desconforto. Mas as
pessoas de lá são muito amáveis. Prestam informações com delicadeza e boa
vontade. Quanto ao Focus, nada de novo, por enquanto. Para satisfazer a um
capricho pessoal, fiz questão de comprar uns CDs do Focus feitos na Holanda.
O máximo que eu encontrei foi um CD duplo que reúne o "Focus Live At Rainbow"
e "Hamburger Concerto". Não encontrei mais nada, exceto relançamentos em CD
dos "Introspections", do Thijs Van Leer (que eu não comprei por falta de
verba). A propósito, na Holanda eu vi uma loja de discos gigantesca, que
tem uma seção com progressivos de todo o mundo (estranhamente, os do Focus
estavam em outra prateleira, de música pop). Em poucas palavras, era isso.
No mais, foi trabalho e pesquisa.
4 August 1998
I remember seeing the Hamburger Concerto performance on BBC T.V. many years
ago, before the advent of home video recorders! Can you tell me where I can
get a copy of the video please?
I saw Jan perform on 27th July 1998, in a very small theatre in Chester,
England. I briefly chatted to him, and he autographed the back of my
entrance ticket. The event was organised by Akkernet.
Peter Bibb (UK)
29 July 1998
Ola, tudo bem?? Estive visitando sua homepage sobre o Focus e achei
simplesmente o máximo!!! É difícil encontrar pessoas que curtem esse grande
ícone do rock progressivo!!! Entretanto senti a falta de tablaturas das
composições do Focus!!!! E é por isso que eu estou lhe enviando esse e-mail,
gostaria de além de parabenizá-los pela ótima homepage solicitar se possível
algumas tablaturas do Focus.
Abraços, Diego Ramirez Cardenas
29 July 1998
Topic: Focus videos
just a few lines to say that I watched your exquisite Focus Web page and to
ask if you know how to get those video recordings of the band. I am a video
collector and I can trade more than 600 recordings of all ages.
Thanks in advance. Take care,
24 Jul 98
Subject: (Another hello from Hadley)
Hi, Rodrigo --
Nice to see the site's doing great, and I hope all is well with you.
First, my Email address has changed -- Hadleyk@rocketmail.com.
I haven't really had the time to look through the site thoroughly (I
still don't own a computer! I'm at a friend's house right now.). But, I
did see some mention in the Focus on Fans section about some videos that
are supposed to be available? Can you let me know what these are? Also,
If it's possible to send me info when the new album is out, I'd
appreciate that, too. Otherwise, I may never find out!!!
Hadley Kahn (USA)
20 July 1998
I love these guys so much. I bought "Moving Waves" when it first came out
and have all their lps and Cd's.
The videos are next so will see. Take care and great work on the Web page.
What a great service and thanks for keeping the music alive!
Rick Accordino - Tampa, FL. USA
14 July 1998
Topic: Jan Akkerman
I don't know if you 've heard about the new !! Jan Akkerman album to come.
Well I phoned him and he told me he is very busy now making two albums.
One will be acoustic and the other classic totally made with secuencers.
They will be released later this year.At the end of this month I'm going to
visit Jan and maby I will here some of the parts and than I'll email you
Bye for now
Jan van Beek (Holland)
9 July 1998
I want to thank you for all the interest in FOCUS once the best group on
earth!!!! I think. Nowadays FOCUS is back without Jan Akkerman and I don't
know if that's okay because Jan is the only guitarist who can play the
guitar like a voice, that's what Thijs'told me long ago,so why take another.
Later this year there will be a new album of Jan .I will inform you if it's
on the marked
Bye for now
7 July 1998
Topic: Pierre van der Linden
I have read with interest your nice Focus-site. Someone wanted to get more
information about Pierre van der Linden. There is a site on the net were you
can find more information and an interview (yet only in Dutch but will be
translated soon). The address:
If you want to link this page, you are welcome. We will than link your page.
Herbert Noord (Holland)
21 June 1998
Topic: nice focus page..
great job, I've always loved this band, & have a few old videos of the long
one showing them playing inside someone's house?
I also wrote a website of another great european progressive band (german)
called "Triumvirat: http://zeus.anet-stl.com/~dirk
greetings from st. louis, missouri, usa
Russ Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org
2 June 1998
Hello! I visited your web site and really enjoyed it! I was wondering about
the videos you mentioned. Are they commercially available? I would really
love a copy of these and was wondering how I can go about acquiring them.
Any information you can provide me with would be greatly appreciated!
I'm at email@example.com