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Košice – Memories of times past, rock-‘n’-roll after sixty and unbridled energy – yesterday’s concert by the Hungarian legend, whose success bounded over the iron curtain, validated their years of tried-and-true quality. Led by irreplaceable János “Mecky” Kóbor, Omega had everyone on their feet – from the thirty and forty-something crowd who perhaps lead boring lives, the eighteen to twenty year-olds ardently boycotting electronic music, 12-year old kids who succumbed (and apparently gladly) to parental influence, all the way through rejuvenated retirees. The three and one-half hour “thunderstorm” began with a brief, but all the more resonant performance by Marián Varga. The balance between rock and classical music led up to the appearance of a momentarily very successful Hungarian band. Sid doesn’t say much to Košice residents, but the rhythms emanating from their guitars prepared the audience for the “old” rockers. After the intro, Mecky ran out onto the stage in a red and black cape and the audience finally got what they came for. The concert hall began to roar through the intro songs Addig éls and 10 000 lépés, with a characteristic laser show, and it kept on roaring right through the end. Old classics rang out – Babylon, Naplemente, Fekete pillangó – but Omega offered a peek at its upcoming album as well. A song by vocalist Ildikó Keresztes, during which Mecky took a break, was a pleasant surprise. The unexpected termination of the concert was subjected to stomping, applause and rising chants. Everyone who had dragged their old leather jackets with polished studs out of their closets – and dusted off their vinyl – forced Omega to return to the stage and put on a big finish to their performance. Their biggest hits – Léna, Petróleum lámpa, the legendary Gyöngyhajú lány – and “head pyrotechnician” Mecky, waving flares in his hands, ended the rush of memories of pre-1989 rock-‘n’-roll. Probably the only band under socialism to literally break through into world standards brought, for the most part, beautiful memories of its days of youth. And for that, the audience requited them with at least undying applause…

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