I believe I actually had the concert ticket in my hand, before I was made aware that guitarist Jan Akkerman had taken leave of Focus on the eve of the tour in support of new LP 'Mother Focus'. The gig in 1976, featuring Philip Catherine in Akkerman's stead and, future member of Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour Band, David Kemper on drums, was a subdued affair and, judging by the size of the audience, I'd say that more than a few tickets had been returned when word of the personnel change got around.
In spite of it's perception as one of
Focus's minor works, I retain great
affection for 'Mother Focus', however the
band's fortunes subsequently fell away
sharply and within a year they would,
bizarrely, be working on an LP in cahoots
with 1960's trouser-splitter P.J. Proby.
'Some things are over Some things go on Part of me you carry And part of me is gone'
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