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Prog veterans focus preview their set at Hard Rock Hell 2017

The prog veterans will be rounding off 2017 at Hard Rock Hell Prog – they join us for a chat to tell us more

Singer, Hammond organist, flautist and yodeller Thijs van Leer sets the scene for the Dutch band’s latest UK tour.

Focus recently appeared at the Ramblin’ Man Fair. Was it a good experience for you?

Yes, it was great. What a reaction! It was just beautiful. We also had good weather.

A double album called The Focus Family Album that combines band material and two solo tracks by each current member is about to be released. How was it compiled?

We had full direction over it, we chose the tracks ourselves and we are happy that it’s coming out. It has some old and new tracks, so it’s a nice mixture.

Udo Pannekeet recently became the newest Focus bassist. Why did the band cheekily “congratulate” themselves on his appointment?

That’s because Udo is an extraordinary bass player. He was recommended to us. I called him up and asked whether he was willing to be in the band and he said yes.

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