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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 Europe-wide competition to find the “Strat King of Europe.” Of course, Thomas won the competition and still holds the “Strat King” title.

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 amplifier 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 projects.

 

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 flute 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 flute 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 first 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.