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Focus frontman Thijs van leer has spoken out about the current state of of the progressive rock world in an outburst in the new issue of Prog Magazine.

Whilst discussing the band's 50th anniversary and the new Focus album Focus 11, which is out now, Van Leer lambasted today's progressive bands as largely regressive.

“I don’t believe in the words ‘progressive rock’, sorry because your magazine is called that,” the Dutchman said. "I think the only progressive rocker we ever had, who unfortunately died, was Frank Zappa, because he combined modern classical music, which he composed himself, with rock and that, to me, was progressive rock.

"All the bands who call themselves that today, to me, are more regressive rock because they pick old themes from old times, combine them and maybe that’s a new aspect, but most of it is regressive rather than progressive, but that’s my very personal opinion.”

Focus 11 is on sale now. The band are currently on tour in support of the album (see the Focus website for dates).

The new issue of Prog Magazine is on sale now. You can buy it online here (opens in new tab).

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.