FOCUS ON FANS

A PLACE TO THE LETTERS FROM FOCUS´ FANS IN THE WEB
Part 9 - From 01/nov/1999 till 20/dec/2000
20 Dec 2000

Text-by: Marco Castro
email: mistimpc@hotmail.com
country: Chile
divulge-mail: YES
acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB

comments: 
Ecelent Focus's documents. I want write to fans of Focus, Oh Alla by air mail. 
My addres is General Flores 168 (Providencia, Santiago, code zip 6640238). 
Please, I very much LP vynil of Thijs van Leer (all the Introspections + "RENASSAINCE"), 
or si no, this last in cassette or CD. I'm disponibily for built... for Western Union 
or money effective.

You Writeme!
Thank you! 


20 Oct 2000 Text-by: john vaughan email: jjv5958jvblues@aol.com country: united states divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: when i lived in alaska in the 70's an 80's we use to party to a song by focus called [tokyo rose] it is a great song. it was kind of rap to rock. anyway i still like it. jv
6 Sep 2000 Text-by: washington santos da silva email: washington.s11@starmedia.com country: Brasil divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Belissimo site!!!, à altura do grande FOCUS.
2 Aug 2000 Text-by: Hiroshi Sakamoto email: sakamoto@ab.inbox.ne.jp country: JAPAN divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: I'm looking for "Mother Focus"'s midi data. Is there anyone who can tell me where it is?
19 Jul 2000 Text-by: ARIS KARIDIS email: NEKOU@OTENET.GR. country: GREECE divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: A Lot of thanks to all of you for creating this wonderful website! I am a big fan of FOCUS music and to my opinion they keep doing it 'till today 'cos it's the most humorous and original bands of them all! If you like to share any thoughts with me, send me a line.. Congratulations for the good stuff and keep going!
13 Jul 2000 Text-by: Richard Chandler email: clievanhels@lineone.net country: England divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Is there anyone out there who would like to form a tribute band to Focus? I am an experienced drummer (ex top Led Zep band) & have many contacts on the circuit. My motivation is to play some of the best music i grew up on & if i can find likeminded musicians of the ability the music deserves i am sure an audience is waiting out there. If you are a keyboard player but dont play flute/vocals don't let that stop you from getting in touch. I would be pleased to here from anyone no matter where you live. My telephone number is UK 01453 885528. Richard Chandler England
7 Apr 2000 Text-by: Freeman Carmack email: f.carmack@worldnet.att.net country: USA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: LINK IN ANOTHER ROCK PAGE comments: I have been a big Focus fan over the years.I,too,was a keyboard player and found Tjiis'work to have impecable taste,musicality,melody,counter-point,AND could rock. Jan's guitar/lute work was a revelation,also.I have lost several of my LPs over the years,but still have Hamburger Cto,Motherfocus,Live at Rainbow,and Dutch Masters on vinyl,and a best of CD,released several years ago.One of my prize posessions is the Focus album on cassette. I always found their music to be very evocative.My Wife is Swiss,and when I returned to the States,I found myself listening to Focus' music to try to recapture a "sense of place". I wish them all well in the future,and hope that we will be able to enjoy their music again,before too long. Freeman Carmack Worthington,Ohio
24 Mar 2000 Text-by: Alun Jones email: AJones6080@aol.com country: UK divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Great website - keep up the good work! Thought all you Focus fans might like to know that Jan Akkerman is appearing in England on Sunday the 14th May 2000!! The gig is at the Bromley Delano - tickets are £10 each - call +44 (0)208 466 6333 for details. See you there.
5 Feb 2000 Text-by: Geoff Gardner. country: England. divulge-mail: NO acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Hi Rodrigo, I was looking for information about Focus videos, what is available and where I can get them from?. Thanks for the interesting website!
26 Jan 2000 Text-by: Ray Cordell email: magb94@dial.pipex.com country: England divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Focus are my favourite band of all time and have been since I started following the group back in 1973.It's great to find an official site, I shall be a regular visitor. Went to see Jan Akkerman at the Astoria in London last November, great night.
16 Jan 2000 Text-by: mike b country: northern england divulge-mail: NO acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: early seventies - 12 years old - Newcastle Mayfair Club - Focus - absolutely fab. - a Focus home page? - fantastic keep it up
16 Jan 2000 Text-by: kent sohlen email: kopogor@swipnet.se country: sweden divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: LINK IN ANOTHER ROCK PAGE comments: hello!i am an old focus fan and i would just like to say that i hope focus will never reform without jan akkerman because no such thing is possible.akkerman was focus! however i like thijs van leer and his music very much amd his contribution to focus was indeed significant but one can`t replace a musician like jan akkerman. he is so talented that he is just devastating.as for a reunion without him,it`s a joke. catch him in concert playing the old focus numbers and there you go-it`s focus alive again. pure magic!NO ONE can fill up jan akkerman`s place.anyway,loking back on all of the classic focus albums and the live concerts,what would they have been without akkerman`s guitar? you know the answer. any connection back to the glory days of focus is linked to jan akkerman.without him no focus.
09 Jan 2000 Text-by: Gordon Taylor email: GordonFocus2 country: England divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: As The previous Chairman of the Focus Fan Association International I felt I should comment on the uniqueness of a band that will remain unsurpassed as ambassadors of quality music. In an industry fast disappearing down the tubes they remain for me the finest band ever. If anyone can help me to contact Thijs again I would be grateful as we lost touch some time ago. As I am leaving the web soon please send any information to 18, Lowther Square. Beaconhill Glade, Cramlington, Northumberland. England. NE23 8ES. Many thanks.
24 Dec 1999 Text-by: Mark Conway email: Conway2000@worldnet.att.net country: USA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: I'm a big focus and Jan fan. Anyone who has the chords to "No Hang Ups" I'd be indebted to get them from you... it's my #1 favorite song! Mark
13 Dec 1999 Text-by: Joaquin de Carpi email: jcarpi@posta.unizar.es country: Spain divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: I was mad about Focus in the years 1975-1980. I lost their trace later. But, fortunately, I found this fabulous FOCUS Tribute Homepage and I'm enjoying very much everything I see here. Thank you very much, Rodrigo, and Congratulations
08 Dec 1999 Text-by: Courtney McFarren email: abcmcfarren@worldnet.att.net country: USA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Answer/Question/Question: How did you find this Page? Answer: I've been here before! A while back, there was a vote on the best FOCUS album. My initial response was either "Moving Waves" or "Hamburger Concerto, however I felt that day". Someone wrote back saying something like "I can't believe anyone actually thinks HC is better than MW!" ...and the more I think about it, this guy was RIGHT!!! Moving Waves is the PRIMO Focus album, Followed by (not Hamburger Concerto, but:) Focus 3. Why did I change my mind? I didn't. I've probably listened to MW about 2000 times and F3 about 500 times before HC was released, and got bored with them after a while. Then HC came out; and it was VERY BAD at first, but then after about 60 times on the turn-table, HC was THE Focus album. Not because it was better than MW or F3, only because it was NEW. After 20 years, Moving Waves is still the #1 Focus album, followed by Focus 3, the only studio album with the Focus as we know it (PVDL on drums and BR on bass). To me, Focus is Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman, Pierre van der Linden and Bert Ruiter. To this day, I've always thought that Jan Akkerman was the best ROCK guitarist, and that Pierre Van Der Linden is one of the best drummers/percussionists alive. Too bad he wasn't in HC. CMcF
13 Nov 1999 Text-by: Paulo Roberto Trindade dos Santos email: country: BRAZIL divulge-mail: NO acquaintance: LINK IN ANOTHER ROCK PAGE comments: I love the Progressive Rock and this band Focus is one of the best! Your works really kicks ass and lives to forever ! The 70's really makes the things are diferent today.
11 Nov 1999 Text-by: Collet Paul email: pcollet@cybercable.fr country: France divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Dear Rodrigo, The acess of your site is very complicated ! there are so many sites called "Focus" ! After hours of surfing, I wrote "Jan Akkerman (Focus)" and I could enter your site immediatly. I think you should take off music by Midi File because it sounds like techno music. Why don't you try original Focus music ? Except these two problems, your site is wonderful. The first track I heard from Focus was "House of the King" and I really thought it was a follow-up of "Bourrée" by Jethro Tull which was a monster hit in France. I've got 5 CD's out of 8 in the first period of Focus. My faves are "Moving waves", Focus 1 and 3, and "La cathédrale de Strasbourg". I think Jan Akkerman should stand with the top guitarists. All musiciens in Focus are talented and tecnically very good. Thank you so much for this site. Paul Collet
06 Nov 1999 review-by: Messias Pierre email: nossos@rec.zaz.com.br country: Brasil divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Sinto-me feliz por ter encontrado este site na WEB. Conheço e tenho quase todos os discos do FOCUS (ainda em vinil!) pois sei que a música de boa qualidade jamais será esquecida. Parabéns a(os) criadores desta página ! Messias Pierre
05 Nov 1999 Text-by: JD email: DijCCT@Yahoo.com country: USA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Cool site. I own Live At The Rainbow (Polydor) and still play it once in a while when feeling Dutch.
04 Nov 1999 Text-by: Scott L. email: sdlz131@voyager.net country: USA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: What a wealth of info about one of my all-time favorite bands!! I especially liked checking out the image bank and all the photos. My thanks for a great site and for all the hard work that went into it. I definitely need to get more Focus on CD!!!!
01 Nov 1999 Text-by: Scott L. email: sdlz131@voyager.net country: USA divulge-mail: YES acquaintance: SURFING THE WEB comments: Fresh, innovative, classically influenced, yet at times hard-rockin`; Focus could do it all. One of my all-time favorite bands ever. I would like to obtain some of Jan Akkerman`s solo works. Some of my favorites are "Focus 2", "Sylvia", "Tommy", and "Hamburger Concerto". Jan`s "Valdez", from "Pleasure Point" is absolutely gorgeous,and the title track rocks!!



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