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Friday, June 14, 2024

LEGENDARY DUTCH ROCK BAND FOCUS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND TOUR: ZOOM SPECIAL EVENT WITH THIJS VAN LEER TALKING ABOUT THE MAGIC OF "HOCUS POCUS" AND SAYS WE ARE NOT A PROG GROUP!

 


DUTCH ROCK LEGENDS


 ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM

F O C U S  12

AVAILABLE JULY 5TH

ZOOM SPECIAL EVENT

with SINGER...SONGWRITER

KEYBOARDIST...FLAUTIST

BANDLEADER

THIJS VAN LEER

INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS

click below 

to watch the entire interview!


 With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits "Hocus Pocus", "House of The King" and "Sylvia", as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans! 


 After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972.

Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, and acclaimed bass player Udo Pannekeet, complete the band's current line-up. Recently, Focus's biggest hit "Hocus Pocus" was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.     

A new Focus era has arrived! There is a rejuvenated passion amongst the band as they released their first studio album for 6 years, Focus 11, in early 2019.   They toured the world in support of the new album and are now excited re their 50th Anniversary tour. Unfortunately, the world situation had halted the 50th Anniversary celebrations, but Focus now is happy touring the world again.


Eagerly awaited, we are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of FOCUS 12, the brand-new studio album from Focus.  

For Thijs van Leer (75) and Pierre van der Linden (78), age is nothing more than a number. Both continue to contribute to Focus with passion.


Thijs, who has written most of the new album, rises at 4.30 am every day in order to work on his compositions. Whilst the album boasts some of Pierre’s greatest and most energetic drum sequences to date.

Allowing the younger guard to take the audio reins for the first time, Focus 12 is produced by band members Udo Pannekeet and Menno Gootjes, who also contribute two compositions on the album.

Thijs commented “How beautiful life can be when a band plays so easily and so together.”

preorder

THE BRAND-NEW STUDIO ALBUM

BY

FOCUS

entitled

FOCUS 12


available July 5th 2024


pre-order at

 https://burningshed.com/store/focus

“FOCUS TWELVE BY DUTCH PROG LEGENDS FOCUS IS A CAPTIVATING AND SUBLIME MUSICAL RESCUE. EVERY BRILLIANT TRACK IS GRATIFYING AND PERFORMED TO ITS PERFECTION. THIS ALBUM VALIDATES WHY 70S ROCK BANDS WHO STILL RECORD AND TOUR HAVE ALEADY ACCOMPLISHED LEGENDARY STATUS.”

5 STARS!

….BY MUSIC JOURNALIST RAY SHASHO


THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT TOUR

2024 DATES

HEADLINED

BY

A S I A 

with special guests

FOCUS

MARTIN TURNER  ex WISHBONE ASH

CURVED AIR

MC'd by ARTIST ROGER DEAN 

The tour will commence on July 3rd 2024 and will incorporate 21 dates across the USA and Canada.

The tour has been masterminded by rock music keyboard legend & original Asia member, Geoff Downes (Buggles, Asia, Yes)

Wednesday, July 3: Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT

Thursday, July 4: Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, ON

Saturday, July 6: Chevalier Theatre, Medford, MA

Sunday, July 7: The Paramount, Huntingdon, NY

Tuesday, July 9: Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ

Wednesday, July 10: Count Basie Center, Red Bank, NJ

Friday, July 12: Tropicana Showroom, Atlantic City, NJ

Saturday, July 13: Wind Creek Event Center, Bethlehem, PA

Sunday, July 14: American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA

Tuesday, July 16: Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, SC

Wednesday, July 17: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Thursday, July 18: Columbia County Performing Arts Center, Evans, GA

Saturday, July 20: Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL

Sunday, July 21: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, FL

Monday, July 22: Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa, FL

Wednesday, July 24: North Charleston PAC, North Charleston, SC

Thursday, July 25: Macon City Auditorium, Macon, GA

Friday, July 26: Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL

Sunday, July 28: VBC Mark Smith Concert Hall, Huntsville, AL

Tuesday, July 30: The Arcada Theatre, St Charles, IL

Wednesday, July 31: The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI


DISCOGRAPHY

STUDIO ALBUMS

FOCUS

     Focus Plays Focus (1970; also known as In and Out of Focus)

    Focus II (1971; also known as Moving Waves)

    Focus 3 (1972)

    Hamburger Concerto (1974)

    Mother Focus (1975)

    Ship of Memories (1976) (studio compilation)

    Focus con Proby (1978)

    Focus (1985) (as Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer)

    Focus 8 (2002)

    Focus 9 / New Skin (2006)

    Focus X (2012)

    Golden Oldies (2014) (studio re-recordings)

    Focus 8.5 / Beyond the Horizon (2016)

    The Focus Family Album (2017) (studio outtakes from 2012 to 2017, plus solo tracks)

    Focus 11 (2018)

    Completely Focused (2021) (studio re-recordings)

    Focus 12 (2024) (up-coming)









THIJS VAN LEER
APPEARS
JUNE 14TH 2024

ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS

WITH RAY SHASHO

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives. 

The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   

Gold Award Winner



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Sunday, April 21, 2024

ANDY TILLISON FRONTMAN FOR PROG ROCKERS ‘THE TANGENT’ TALKS NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘TO FOLLOW POLARIS’ EXCLUSIVE ZOOM SPECIAL EVENT ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS WITH RAY SHASHO!





A N D Y  T I L L I S O N 

FRONTMAN/MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST

SINGER/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER/ENGINEER 

FOR PROG ROCKERS

T H E  T A N G E N T 

TALKS NEW STUDIO ALBUM

 ‘TO FOLLOW POLARIS’ 

EXCLUSIVE

 ZOOM SPECIAL EVENT 

CLICK BELOW 

TO WATCH THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW



 The Tangent recently announced the release of a new studio album ‘To Follow Polaris’ on May 10th, 2024 The album was produced between January and November of 2023. The brand-new release features Andy Tillison using his multiple keyboards system but adds to the mix his first ever released performance on Bass Guitar and his second on stick driven (electronic) drums. 

Add electric and acoustic guitars and an electronic wind controller and this is a full band recording in every sense of the word. A recording which shows Andy's lifelong influence by artists such as Yes, Van Der Graaf Generator, Porcupine Tree, Groove Armada, Earth Wind & Fire, Roger Waters and his bands, Return To Forever, Deep Purple, Gentle Giant, Steely Dan and any band featuring the keyboard player Dave Stewart.

Conceptually Andy claims the album is, "highly optimistic" but regular listeners to his work may anticipate that this optimism will not be ill founded or over-easy and will be highly critical of obstacles to that optimism and the album will look as much into the dark as it does into the light.


The album is intended to be thought of as a regular Tangent album -

 but not as the future of the band.

It's everyone’s intention to make the fourteenth album
 as The Tangent. For Five.


PREORDER 

THE NEW ALBUM

BY


THE TANGENT

ENTITLED

TO FOLLOW

 POLARIS



Officially released on May 10th, 2024  

The Tangent recently announced the release of the new studio album ‘To Follow Polaris’ on May 10th, 2024. That's not necessarily a surprise, that's what the band are known for. But at the same time, it's something else too. As Andy jokes, playing on the Jaws strapline, he says "well this time it's actually no personnel".

Today, a brand-new track aptly titled ‘The Single’ has been released, and you can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/mwdbLOerLH4


FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT

ANDY TILLISON

AND

THE TANGENT

VISIT

https://www.thetangent.org/

Official website

https://www.facebook.com/groups/alltangentmembers/

Facebook

https://twitter.com/thetangentmusic

Twitter

https://music.youtube.com/channel/UCwuhZb_tB9Ns0c2fJIJbIcw

YouTube

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2DefJEtso8VshihzHW0gh1

Spotify

 

Discography

Studio albums

The Music That Died Alone (2003)

The World That We Drive Through (2004)

A Place in the Queue (2006)

Not as Good as the Book (2008)

Down and Out in Paris and London (2009)

COMM (2011)

Le Sacre du Travail (2013)

L'Etagère du Travail (2013) limited edition: material recorded for but not released on Le Sacre du Travail

A Spark in the Aether (2015)

The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery (2017)

Proxy (2018)

Auto Reconnaissance (2020)

Songs from the Hard Shoulder (2022)

To Follow Polaris (2024) 


Live albums

Pyramids and Stars (2005)

Going Off on One (2007)

Going Off on Two (2010)

London or Paris, Berlin or Southend On Sea (2012)

Hotel Cantaffordit (with Karmakanic as Tangekanic) (2018)


 Compilation albums

A Place on the Shelf - a special enthusiast's collection (2009)









ANDY TILLISON
 APPEARS WEEK OF
APRIL 21ST 2024


ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS

WITH RAY SHASHO

ORDER NOW

 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

RAY’S BEST-SELLING BOOK

ENTITLED

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE  

CHRONICLES,TRUTHS

 CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM 

FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS 

THAT SET US FREE!



BY MUSIC JOURNALIST ...TALK SHOW HOST...  

AUTHOR ... TV SITCOM SCRIPT WRITER 

RAY SHASHO


OUTSTANDING

 COFFEE-TABLE BOOK!


CHAPTER ONE SPOTLIGHTS INTERVIEWS WITH MANY OF THE MUSIC LEGENDS WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US

THE HARDCOVER EDITION IS A BONAFIDE COLLECTORS ITEM!

Order yours today on (Collector edition) Hardcover or E-book at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.

CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA…  JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER...  RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER...  ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST

 

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives. 

The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   

Gold Award Winner



MORE BOOKS BY RAY SHASHO




RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY
 
TO BE PART OF MUSIC HISTORY!

CALL 941-567-6193

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???