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Košice/Moldava nad Bodvou – Muddy open-air festival atmosphere, Hungarian rock, immortal Attila Pataky and fans who have been faithful for ages. The band Edda művek is famous for the fact that during their existence many musicians have been changed around the singer, Attila Pataky, but they have probably been playing for the longest time in this formation. The band, which consist of the following members: István Alapi (guitar), Zsolt Gyömöry (keyboard), Zoltán Hetényi (drums) and László Kicska (bass guitar), started the concert with the song Total Brutal. Among the time to time merging songs the hits like Kör, Minden Sarkon, Kölyköd Voltam or Éjjel Érkezem were dominating. However the band Edda also offered something „unknown“, i.e. songs from their latest album. Many fans have the feeling that Edda is getting commercial, which can be felt on their songs and it also showed a bit during their concert. While playing the newer songs, the oldest generation was only beating the rhythm impatiently with their feet and they were waiting for the well-know big hits. „We do not have the feeling that we have become more commercial. I think it is given by the fact that we are changing, as Attila is not 25 years old today, but 55. We were also commercial in 80s, but we played a music different from what we play now,“ István Alapi, the guitarist thinks. „We have never cared too much about it if the audience is going to buy us, but about what we can offer them. Therefore I think, we have what to offer even to the younger generations. Sometimes it happens to me that such people come to our concerts, whom I remember from the times when they were eighteen years old and they also bring their children to the concerts and it seems that they also like our music.“ The band Edda was quite looking forward to the concert in Moldava nad Bodvou, the leader of the band almost in case of each concert in Slovakia recalls their first concert in the territory of Slovakia. „It was in 1982 and what I remember the most is that there were a lot of policemen and communists,“ Pataky says laughingly. Edda is well-known for its concerts in small towns, where they often play as the only band of a bigger importance. „If we play on big stages, the people are too far. Therefore I like the performances in small towns as the contact with the audience is more personal,“ Alapi says. „But there is no difference between small or big, Hungarian or Slovak audience. If the people like the music, the language does not matter. I know such a guy, who does not know a single word in Hungarian but he knows all our lyrics, while he does not even know what he is singing about (laughter).“

 „I like the performances in small towns as the contact with the audience is more personal,“ Alapi, the guitarist says. (in the picture with Attila Pataky)

 The Hungarian rock legend put the audience in motion during the very first song

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…

Košice – There are only a few days left until the concert of the legendary Omega, which will take place on Wednesday, 24th May in the Amphitheatre. As we have already informed you, Marián Varga and band Sexit from Rožňava will perform before the Hungarian band, which is also called the eastern Rolling Stones. Apart from the fans the performers also look forward to Omega. Many years ago Marián Varga already trained performing with the band Omega and so he knows what a great show they can produce. „We went on a tour with Omega in 1972 all across Hungary. I think it was quite an equal score and the two bands got on well. We were thirty years younger and we had a great time“ he remembers. „It was fascinating for me to hear the excitement and enthusiasm of János Kóbor at the Bratislava press conference when talking about the plans of Omega. The huge dynamism to start a tour of Europe was a big surprise for me" says the musician who has rich experience in performing on the stage. „I am sure that they will play with the same desire. Therefore who likes a 'hot cup of tea', they should not let it cool down“ Varga smiles. „I think that there are surely a lot of rock fans in Slovakia and I hope that none of them will miss this opportunity.“ However the concert for him is not just a „small thing“ as it might seem. „I have huge respect for them, in any case almost as much as for everybody. It will be a bit unequal fight as Omega is a colossus producing (o)mega show (laughter) from the visual and sound aspect as well. I hope that the bit of music I am going to offer the listeners will not drown totally in that ocean." The leader of Omega, János Kóbor alias Mecky also confirmed the words of Marián Varga. „We look forward to you as only two years ago I could make sure that the fans in Slovakia remained as great as some years ago. We have prepared some new songs for you from the album we are preparing now, but mainly we will play our biggest hits" Mecky invited all of their fans with these words.

We talked with the leader and singer of the band concerning their two stops in Slovakia during their tour and launching of their new album. He did not talk only about their own music. We found out that he is also familiar with the rock music of our age and often goes to music shops. He does not often listen to commercial radio stations and since 1995 he has not been to any concerts either. At that time the band Rolling Stones had a concert in Budapest; in his opinion it was the peak that nothing can overcome and therefore there is no musician whose concert he would buy a ticket for. It is a big surprise for me that your new album will be issued by a relatively new Hungarian publishing company. Originally CLS Records had been expected to launch the album, but in the meantime the situation changed. Our old label Hungaroton has recently been focusing on almost exclusively archive music materials and therefore we went to look for a new brand. The CLS team is dynamic and has a well-organised distribution system; however, as it became known that we are about to launch a new album, also multinational companies, having their branches in Hungary, started to approach us. Recently we have decided for the EMI label. Partly because this brand showed great interest in the English version of the music material in Germany and one of these days they are issuing a selection of our biggest hits in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, too. Is it possible to fit in some of the songs from the new, so far unknown album with the old hits during the concerts in Slovakia? We will play three songs. These days the Hungarian commercial radio stations are starting to play the three best songs from the album and we will play the same three songs also during the concerts. We will play them in a shortened version among the other hits. They are typical Omega songs. What is the title of the new album? We discussed it a lot. We want to pursue the tradition of naming the album by one of the songs from it. In my opinion the song Ördögi cirkusz (Devil‘s Circus) has the best lyrics, written by János Bródy. Later I admitted that it would sound to be a somewhat negative title and would not reflect the spirit of the album. Then we thought of naming the album by a song with a more popular title called Koncert a Mennyben (Concert in Heaven) but we dropped the idea as the title is a bit too vague. A person close to us who often attends our rehearsals suggested that the title of the new album should be Égi jel (A Sign from Heaven). Eventually we decided for this title. It will be written vice-versa on the album: Égi jel (A Sign from Heaven): Omega. To what extent will this album follow the classical Omega style and to what extent does it adjust to the modern requirements for rock music? During the last few years the guitar sound gained ground again and we follow this line. We build on our two guitarists; beside Gyuri Molnár on Tamás Szekeres, who has been the sixth, permanent member of the band for more than 10 years. However the songs still carry the mystical and abstract music spirit, which is characteristic for us. I would call this album as a continuation of the albums Időrabló (Time Thief), Csillagok útján (On the Way of the Stars) and Gammapolis. Do you follow the events in today‘s rock music? Do you see that there are better albums issued now than some years ago? Absolutely. Before we started to prepare our new album, I went on a shopping spree and bought many CDs. So did my partners. Recently a lot of excellent bands have appeared, mainly in England. Especially the guitar sound is impressive. The big legendary bands hardly ever admit that they could learn from the young generation. We never denied that we can learn from the young ones. We do not follow just one line as for example the bands AC/DC or the Rolling Stones. They have created their own style and strictly follow it. We are changeable. Our first three albums were in beat style, then three hard rock albums followed, later we were striving for space rock and then three albums with typical rock music followed. Now we are building on the fresh and dynamic British rock but we want to emphasise: the instrumentation is principally in Omega style. Can you name some of your favourites? For a long time I liked the music of U2 and until the mid-80s it was the only music that really addressed me. Later only a few bands could catch my eye, for example the band INXS. I am very sorry that Michael Hutchence died, he was a great talent. As I already mentioned, at the moment I am interested in English bands. I like Oasis but they are not as awesome, as for instance Coldplay. Recently I have listened to Green Day, although they are Americans. Their straightforward drive and dynamic music captured me. Not long ago I also listened to the album of the band Toto. They are also Americans. It is also nice to listen to. If we reached the topic of music range I would like to ask you: how do you see the situation in Hungary? There are some bands, which give the evidence that young musicians with a different music direction also exist here, who do not play stereotypic fashion music. However there are no dominant bands among them, but some of them deserve our attention as they follow the right direction. For example the band Tankcsapda or Hooligans. Recently I have seen the band Supernem in an early morning TV programme; I also liked them. Whose idea was it to go on a European tour? Are you not afraid that today you might reach less success in the international field as before? This tour is our old dream. We always have a big audience at our concerts and we were curious how they would accept us now in the countries where we achieved great success in the past. Of course we did not plunge in deep water directly as we are not at all sure that everything will happen the way we planned at home. Therefore we had 1-2 test concerts last year. In Prague we played in front of 2.5 thousand people and more people came to our concert than to the concert of Duran Duran. We had some concerts in Germany, Northern Romania and also in Slovakia. We found out that there is nothing to fear and we can have bigger plans as well. In fact we made a survey of our possibilities in all of these countries and we know how big concerts we can undertake in each city.

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Košice/Moldava nad Bodvou – Muddy open-air festival atmosphere, Hungarian rock, immortal Attila Pataky and fans who have been faithful for ages. The band Edda művek is famous for the fact that during their existence many musicians have been changed around the singer, Attila Pataky, but they have probably been playing for the longest time in this formation. The band, which consist of the following members: István Alapi (guitar), Zsolt Gyömöry (keyboard), Zoltán Hetényi (drums) and László Kicska (bass guitar), started the concert with the song Total Brutal. Among the time to time merging songs the hits like Kör, Minden Sarkon, Kölyköd Voltam or Éjjel Érkezem were dominating. However the band Edda also offered something „unknown“, i.e. songs from their latest album. Many fans have the feeling that Edda is getting commercial, which can be felt on their songs and it also showed a bit during their concert. While playing the newer songs, the oldest generation was only beating the rhythm impatiently with their feet and they were waiting for the well-know big hits. „We do not have the feeling that we have become more commercial. I think it is given by the fact that we are changing, as Attila is not 25 years old today, but 55. We were also commercial in 80s, but we played a music different from what we play now,“ István Alapi, the guitarist thinks. „We have never cared too much about it if the audience is going to buy us, but about what we can offer them. Therefore I think, we have what to offer even to the younger generations. Sometimes it happens to me that such people come to our concerts, whom I remember from the times when they were eighteen years old and they also bring their children to the concerts and it seems that they also like our music.“ The band Edda was quite looking forward to the concert in Moldava nad Bodvou, the leader of the band almost in case of each concert in Slovakia recalls their first concert in the territory of Slovakia. „It was in 1982 and what I remember the most is that there were a lot of policemen and communists,“ Pataky says laughingly. Edda is well-known for its concerts in small towns, where they often play as the only band of a bigger importance. „If we play on big stages, the people are too far. Therefore I like the performances in small towns as the contact with the audience is more personal,“ Alapi says. „But there is no difference between small or big, Hungarian or Slovak audience. If the people like the music, the language does not matter. I know such a guy, who does not know a single word in Hungarian but he knows all our lyrics, while he does not even know what he is singing about (laughter).“

 „I like the performances in small towns as the contact with the audience is more personal,“ Alapi, the guitarist says. (in the picture with Attila Pataky)

 The Hungarian rock legend put the audience in motion during the very first song

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…

Košice – There are only a few days left until the concert of the legendary Omega, which will take place on Wednesday, 24th May in the Amphitheatre. As we have already informed you, Marián Varga and band Sexit from Rožňava will perform before the Hungarian band, which is also called the eastern Rolling Stones. Apart from the fans the performers also look forward to Omega. Many years ago Marián Varga already trained performing with the band Omega and so he knows what a great show they can produce. „We went on a tour with Omega in 1972 all across Hungary. I think it was quite an equal score and the two bands got on well. We were thirty years younger and we had a great time“ he remembers. „It was fascinating for me to hear the excitement and enthusiasm of János Kóbor at the Bratislava press conference when talking about the plans of Omega. The huge dynamism to start a tour of Europe was a big surprise for me" says the musician who has rich experience in performing on the stage. „I am sure that they will play with the same desire. Therefore who likes a 'hot cup of tea', they should not let it cool down“ Varga smiles. „I think that there are surely a lot of rock fans in Slovakia and I hope that none of them will miss this opportunity.“ However the concert for him is not just a „small thing“ as it might seem. „I have huge respect for them, in any case almost as much as for everybody. It will be a bit unequal fight as Omega is a colossus producing (o)mega show (laughter) from the visual and sound aspect as well. I hope that the bit of music I am going to offer the listeners will not drown totally in that ocean." The leader of Omega, János Kóbor alias Mecky also confirmed the words of Marián Varga. „We look forward to you as only two years ago I could make sure that the fans in Slovakia remained as great as some years ago. We have prepared some new songs for you from the album we are preparing now, but mainly we will play our biggest hits" Mecky invited all of their fans with these words.

We talked with the leader and singer of the band concerning their two stops in Slovakia during their tour and launching of their new album. He did not talk only about their own music. We found out that he is also familiar with the rock music of our age and often goes to music shops. He does not often listen to commercial radio stations and since 1995 he has not been to any concerts either. At that time the band Rolling Stones had a concert in Budapest; in his opinion it was the peak that nothing can overcome and therefore there is no musician whose concert he would buy a ticket for. It is a big surprise for me that your new album will be issued by a relatively new Hungarian publishing company. Originally CLS Records had been expected to launch the album, but in the meantime the situation changed. Our old label Hungaroton has recently been focusing on almost exclusively archive music materials and therefore we went to look for a new brand. The CLS team is dynamic and has a well-organised distribution system; however, as it became known that we are about to launch a new album, also multinational companies, having their branches in Hungary, started to approach us. Recently we have decided for the EMI label. Partly because this brand showed great interest in the English version of the music material in Germany and one of these days they are issuing a selection of our biggest hits in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, too. Is it possible to fit in some of the songs from the new, so far unknown album with the old hits during the concerts in Slovakia? We will play three songs. These days the Hungarian commercial radio stations are starting to play the three best songs from the album and we will play the same three songs also during the concerts. We will play them in a shortened version among the other hits. They are typical Omega songs. What is the title of the new album? We discussed it a lot. We want to pursue the tradition of naming the album by one of the songs from it. In my opinion the song Ördögi cirkusz (Devil‘s Circus) has the best lyrics, written by János Bródy. Later I admitted that it would sound to be a somewhat negative title and would not reflect the spirit of the album. Then we thought of naming the album by a song with a more popular title called Koncert a Mennyben (Concert in Heaven) but we dropped the idea as the title is a bit too vague. A person close to us who often attends our rehearsals suggested that the title of the new album should be Égi jel (A Sign from Heaven). Eventually we decided for this title. It will be written vice-versa on the album: Égi jel (A Sign from Heaven): Omega. To what extent will this album follow the classical Omega style and to what extent does it adjust to the modern requirements for rock music? During the last few years the guitar sound gained ground again and we follow this line. We build on our two guitarists; beside Gyuri Molnár on Tamás Szekeres, who has been the sixth, permanent member of the band for more than 10 years. However the songs still carry the mystical and abstract music spirit, which is characteristic for us. I would call this album as a continuation of the albums Időrabló (Time Thief), Csillagok útján (On the Way of the Stars) and Gammapolis. Do you follow the events in today‘s rock music? Do you see that there are better albums issued now than some years ago? Absolutely. Before we started to prepare our new album, I went on a shopping spree and bought many CDs. So did my partners. Recently a lot of excellent bands have appeared, mainly in England. Especially the guitar sound is impressive. The big legendary bands hardly ever admit that they could learn from the young generation. We never denied that we can learn from the young ones. We do not follow just one line as for example the bands AC/DC or the Rolling Stones. They have created their own style and strictly follow it. We are changeable. Our first three albums were in beat style, then three hard rock albums followed, later we were striving for space rock and then three albums with typical rock music followed. Now we are building on the fresh and dynamic British rock but we want to emphasise: the instrumentation is principally in Omega style. Can you name some of your favourites? For a long time I liked the music of U2 and until the mid-80s it was the only music that really addressed me. Later only a few bands could catch my eye, for example the band INXS. I am very sorry that Michael Hutchence died, he was a great talent. As I already mentioned, at the moment I am interested in English bands. I like Oasis but they are not as awesome, as for instance Coldplay. Recently I have listened to Green Day, although they are Americans. Their straightforward drive and dynamic music captured me. Not long ago I also listened to the album of the band Toto. They are also Americans. It is also nice to listen to. If we reached the topic of music range I would like to ask you: how do you see the situation in Hungary? There are some bands, which give the evidence that young musicians with a different music direction also exist here, who do not play stereotypic fashion music. However there are no dominant bands among them, but some of them deserve our attention as they follow the right direction. For example the band Tankcsapda or Hooligans. Recently I have seen the band Supernem in an early morning TV programme; I also liked them. Whose idea was it to go on a European tour? Are you not afraid that today you might reach less success in the international field as before? This tour is our old dream. We always have a big audience at our concerts and we were curious how they would accept us now in the countries where we achieved great success in the past. Of course we did not plunge in deep water directly as we are not at all sure that everything will happen the way we planned at home. Therefore we had 1-2 test concerts last year. In Prague we played in front of 2.5 thousand people and more people came to our concert than to the concert of Duran Duran. We had some concerts in Germany, Northern Romania and also in Slovakia. We found out that there is nothing to fear and we can have bigger plans as well. In fact we made a survey of our possibilities in all of these countries and we know how big concerts we can undertake in each city.