FOCUS, the Dutch masters of progressive rock, went down so well in a sell out show in Aldershot last November, they are to embark on a UK tour in May.

The one-off West End Centre gig sold out within five days of going in sale.

That convinced the prog rock kings that they were still big enough in the UK to sustain a nationwide tour.

Sdaly no suitable dates were available in Aldershot.

But the band will be performing nearby; in Reading on Monday May 19 at 21 South Street.

Since Thijs van Leer first formed Focus in 1969, he has been joined by a number of musicians, but the quality of the music and the performance has always remained the same.

Focus made their name in the Seventies with hit singles such as ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘Sylvia’, but really it is their albums like Moving Waves, Hamburger Concerto and Focus 3 which have built the band’s reputation, with more than six million sales to their credit.

The band has recently launched a new CD, Focus 8, which has been reviewed as a ‘stunning album’ by Classic Rock Society magazine, while live performances in the USA, Chile, Canada, Brazil and Holland have been to sell-out audiences.

Thijs had a chance to remind British fans that Focus are still rocking when he appeared recently in Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ celebrity ‘line-up’ section.

Places are limited at South Street, so call 01189 606060 to book your tickets priced at £12.50 each.