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MTV News. Archived from the original on 17 May Retrieved 17 May Retrieved 12 May He was replaced by Akkerman's younger brother, the year-old Jacob "Cocky" Akkerman, before the rift was sorted and van der Linden resumed on the drums at its conclusion. He was invited by the drummer to Album) tryout session, after which he became a full-time member.
Focus resumed as a live act in September ; among their first gigs with Ruiter was in Rotterdam as part of the European Newport Jazz Festival on 29 October. Van Leer felt insecure about the tour at first and expressed the lack of courage from the group when they compared themselves to other popular UK rock acts. Despite receiving little money for their performances, they received radio airplay on BBC Radio 1earned positive reviews from critics, and gained new fans.
Focus 3 saw the group produce short and extended pieces, including the three-minute instrumental " Sylvia " and the group devised, minute "Anonymous II" that devotes a solo spot for each member, and the addition of "House of the King".
Upon its release in Novemberthe album went to number one in the Netherlands for one week,  number 6 in the UK,  and number 35 in the US. Akkerman had expressed a wish to put down "great ideas" he had written over the past year, but extensive touring had left the band physically and mentally exhausted which reduced their eagerness to write and record new group material.
The album went to number 23 in the UK in October The band went on to receive a Billboard Trendsetter Award for their success after notching up two gold albums, combining sales of one million copies sold in the US, and one gold single.
Upon their return from their second North American tour from June to September the band returned to Groeneveld Castle for rehearsals. Van der Linden failed to turn up, and the group soon learned of his decision to quit the band. Allen, was the only one available as his previous group, Stone the Crows had recently broken up. He flew to the Netherlands to meet the band and after a successful try out session, he joined the group.
I fitted in. Recording was met with growing tension, with van Leer, Ruiter and Allen working together during the day and Akkerman recording his parts in the evening.
Van Leer claimed it was the band's "First proper work. It has strength and purpose", and Vernon later said the album and Moving Waves were the most rewarding on a second listen.
Allen was fired the next day, not knowing who made the decision. Despite the problems, he "will always remain proud to have been a member". Released in OctoberMother Focus saw Focus depart from their classical and jazz-influenced sound towards shorter, commercially accessible songs with middle of the road influences and little room for improvisation and jamming they were known for. During plans for their upcoming tour Akkerman refused to perform the album's music, thinking it was not strong enough.
To solve the issue, he and van Leer returned to Morgan Studios and put down "Red Sky at Night" and "Avondrood", the latter featuring the two singing in Dutch.
However, van Leer and Ruiter did not share the same enthusiasm over van der Linden's return. Nevertheless, Focus returned to Australia and Japan in May and June for a series of sold out dates,   yet reviewers of the gigs noticed the lack of cohesiveness than before. Matters turned for the worse after van Leer and Ruiter refused to have van der Linden re-record the drums for a single release of "Crackers", causing the drummer to quit a second time.
In Februarytwo and a half days before the group's arrival to the UK for a tour, van Leer asked Akkerman to leave Focus over his disagreements with the music they were rehearsing and the decision not to have van der Linden return on the drums. There was still a lot of improvisation but even this had become planned". In the guitarist's absence, van Leer met Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine and the two played a jam session that van Leer enjoyed.
Akkerman disliked a song that the group had rehearsed about him soon after, which led to van Leer asking him to leave the next day. Dutch guitarist Eef Albers later joined Focus. A handful of scattered gigs were performed through and with American drummer Richard James on call out whenever they secured a booking. After van Leer signed Album) deal with EMI in April to record a new Focus album, work did not begin until late when the band faced potential legal action if they did not release something.
Probyrang his Netherlands-based manager and invited him to the studio, thinking his vocals would replace 21 - The Starting Line - Direction (CD lyrical playing. Van Leer was sceptical as Proby was not familiar with the band and the singer was going through a period of heavy alcohol abuse.
Upon Proby's arrival, Albers recalled: "He drank Four Roses whiskey the whole day, so much so that the nearest liquor store was soon sold out Cleuver, then van Leer's manager, later called it "simply shameful".
InAkkerman agreed to the idea of reuniting with van Leer and record new music, as suggested by his management. Van Leer immediately accepted the invitation and went on to play the synthesiser on "Headbanger", a track for Akkerman's solo album From the Basement They subsequently signed a recording contract with Vertigo Recordswhich required the two to record as a duo, as opposed to Focus.
Engineer Theo Balijon claimed Jacobs cut corners and pushed for the strongest tracks to be completed quickly to save production costs, which "unintentionally increased the animosity between Jan and Thijs". InEMI acquired the 21 - The Starting Line - Direction (CD to the band's back catalogue and reissued their albums on CD for the first time.
Invan Leer, Akkerman, van der Linden, and Ruiter reunited for a live gig, marking their first performance together since The four played a minute set at the Americahal in Apeldoorn on 20 April that was broadcast as part of the Oud van Goud television special. Ruiter said they "went very well"; van Leer said it was "fantastic". They had planned to perform "Hocus Pocus" with Akkerman, but the guitarist declined to take part.
Invan Leer reformed Focus with Cleuver and Ruiter returning on drums and bass, respectively, and year-old Dutch guitarist Menno Gootjes who was studying at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Jacobs and van Roon was former members of van Leer's side project Conxi. To van Leer's surprise, he found out the three had been rehearsing Focus songs from the s era.
He was replaced by drummer Bert Smaak. Released on Musea Records in lateit received critical praise and was supported with a world tour in and In the autumn ofSmaak had left the group and replaced by a returning van der Linden.
The advert aired on television worldwide which generated renewed interest in the band and led to "Hocus Pocus" entering the UK Singles Chart at number Cottrill and Wnukowski claimed that they authored, recorded and copyrighted a song called "What You See Is What You Get" in to one of Spears' representatives for consideration on a future album, though it was rejected.
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