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Thomas Blug

Thomas Blug has been a sought after artist
in the German and international music
scene for many years. In 1997 he was
awarded “best German Rock-Pop guitarist”
by Deutscher Rock Musik Verband.
In 2004 celebrating the 50th birthday of
the Stratocaster, Fender held a Europewide
competition to fi nd the “Strat King
of Europe.” Of course, Thomas won the
competition and still holds the “Strat King”
During the past 20 years Thomas has
performed with international greats like
Percy Sledge, Bobby Kimball and Hazel
O’ Connor, German acts like Purple
Schulz, actor/singer Uwe Ochsenknecht,
the Rainbirds, Bastiaan Ragas, Pop newcomers
like No Angels, Planet Claire or
Germany’s No.1 female rappers Tic, Tac,
Toe (opening for Michael Jackson in his
2000 European tour).
Besides live performances and studio
projects, Thomas produced several solo
albums which made him a respected artist
known for his ‘powerful and expressive
guitar playing, emotional live performances
and great song writing’. In addition to
his main role as leader of the Thomas
Blug Band, he also writes and produces
music for TV and radio.
Since the late 80’s he has worked as
sound designer and endorsing performer
at music fairs around the globe under
the German amplifi er company Hughes
& Kettner. Known professionally for his
drive, ambition, inspiration and global
sophistication, Thomas Blug is a versatile
performer with a gift for delivering excellence
in both artistic and technical musical
The Band
Thijs van Leer is best known as the creative
force behind the 70’s group Focus, a Dutch
progressive rock band and Billy Graham
favorite. Performing at such legendary venues
as the Fillmore, Focus burst onto the U.S.
scene with their 1973 hit “Hocus Pocus,” which
reached #9 on the US charts. Their follow up
hit, “Sylvia,” also received great acclaim in
the U.S. and worldwide. Last fall, Thijs was
knighted by the Dutch queen receiving the title
of “Ridder in de orde van Oranje Nassau” -
meaning “knight” of Oranje Nassau, for special
service as a musical ambassador for the
Netherlands. He plays fl ute and many different
types of organ, but also sings, yodels, and
whistles, skills in evidence both with Focus
and the Thomas Blug Band. He received a degree
for fl ute from Geneva Conservatoire and
also studied piano, orchestration and organ.
As well as continuing his leading role in Focus
and maintaining a solo performance schedule,
Thijs has been a key member of the Thomas
Blug Band since 2003.
Raoul Walton, born in Manhattan, New York,
studied at the noted Laguardia School of
Music and Art. His music career began with
the support of jazz stars Kenny Kirkland and
Marcus Miller, Tito Puente, Michael Urbaniack,
Ursula Duziak, Aierto, Sam Rivers, Elliot Sharp
and James Mason. After moving to Europe,
Raoul worked with Fusion Pioneers Kjöl, Tom
Van der Geld (ECM), Benard “pretty“ Purdy,
Doug Hammond and worked with the late,
great producer Conny Plank.
Raoul played bass on 90 percent of the
German Rock and Funk produced from the
80´s and 90´s, which lead to work with artists
as Brian Eno, Holger Chukay (CAN), Andy
Thoma (Mouse on Mars), 5 AM, LOOPHOLE,
Klaus Doldinger, Marius Müller-Westernhagen
(“Germany´s Bruce Springsteen”). He became
the “house” bassist for Milk and Sugar recently
recording with Mouse T.
Wolf Simon, born 1962, has been a professional
drummer since age 17. Being initially
self taught, he began taking lessons after his
fi rst tours and recording sessions. Among his
mentors were prominent colleagues such as
Peter Erskine, Enzo Todesco and Gary Chaffee.
Simon is well known for his taste and groove.
He has played countless tours and concerts as
well as some hundreds of recording sessions
having several chart hits. He has worked with
the likes of Miller Anderson, Lydie Auvray,
Axxis, Billy Bang, Howard Carpendale, Bobby
Kimball, Kisha, Klaus Lage, Ronan Leonard,
Udo Lindenberg, Albert Mangelsdorff, Doro
Pesch, Wolfgang Petry, Jennifer Rush, Purple
Schulz, T.M. Stevens, Sweetbox, Tic Tac
Toe, Triumvirat and many more.
Besides his work as a drummer he is also
in demand as a musical director, e.g. for Tic
Tac Toe, Peter Maffay´s musical “Tabaluga &
Lilli” and for his own all star project “The Real
Groove Band”.
Wolf has worked as a drum clinician since
1984, also offering workshops and master
classes, such as the annual drum recording
workshop at the University of Düsseldorf’s
school of music. In 2004 he became Assistant
Professor for drum-set at the university.
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