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Many people considered it to be a sensation when two years ago the band Omega, which was formed 44 years ago in 1963, had a concert on the football pitch in Dunajská Streda. The concert in Gombasek followed and now on 23rd May in Bratislava (Sibamac arena, at 7 pm) and one day later on 24th May in Košice (at 7 pm, Amphitheatre) the "Old rascals" will sing again. The band “sent” the singer János Kóbor for field examination and then he answered the questions of journalists. Why did you call this concert series Omegatour – we asked János Kóbor. - On one side we are happy that we could become a member of the European union and on the other side our concerts will direct to some cities of the union. Apart from performances in the Czech Republic, Horná zem, Sedmohrad we also plan to go to Poland, Germany and Holland. But we do not stop at the borders of the EU, we will perform in Switzerland and probably for the first time in history we will also conquer Moscow. What can we know about these concerts? - They can vary according to the term and place they will be held at but all of preserving the traditions of the band Omega, as to outer form and music material. In fact it is not a tour but more like acceptation of personal invitations. We will not stop, - but of course we will take a break during the soccer world cup. We are big football plans; in August we will go on holiday and then in the autumn we will set off again. Next year we plan to celebrate the 45th anniversary of founding the company by organising a concert. After a long time you prepared a new album... Yes and we are happy that right here in Bratislava for the first time we can play some new songs from this album. Not the whole content, only three songs. Of course not at the expense of big Omega hits as without the songs like Gyöngyhajú lány (Girl with pearl hair), Tízezer lépés (Ten thousand steps), Petróleumlámpa (Kerosene lamp) or Fekete pillangó (Black butterfly) it would not be a real Omega concert. The name of our new song is Égi jel (A Sign from Heaven) and relating to its mood, music and text it fits in well with the songs from the albums of the band Omega issued in the 70s, for example like Csillagok útján (On the Way of the Stars) or Gammapolis. Of course on a modern technological level of today's world. But have not been without an album even so far as some best of albums of the band Omega were issued in Germany. We are preparing the English version of the new album, which will be recorded in the summer. The music material was traditionally prepared by the members of the band, but the texts tie with the names of some other persons. János Bródy for the first time wrote an Omega song under his own name, but Péter Sülyi and András Trunkos are traditional text writers of the band Omega. Despite the fact that the texts were written by three different people, to me as a singer it seems that they reflect a unified world of thinking. And as usual, we do not deal with big issues from public life or the society – even if we could talk about many things in Hungary -, but in our songs we still sing about personal fate and feelings of people and the mood surrounding them. What do you expect from Bratislava and Košice? - I think that we have all the preconditions given for having a great party in these cities. As last year in Prague, although the audience have been spoilt by the concerts of world famous stars, more people came to our concert than to the concert of the band Duran-Duran, which took place at the same time. I consider the concert in Prague to be one of our best-level performances in our career. It was an amazing experience when I heard the audience sing the song Gyöngyhajú lány (Girl with pearl hair) in Czech. As to Slovakia, according to our experience from two years ago in Dunajská Streda and last year in Gombasek, I think there is nothing to worry about. Of course Bratislava and Košice are different, but if we were successful in Prague, it should not be the other way round here either. I know that also in Bratislava many big rock concerts take place, which are a kind of competition for us, but we are not afraid to face it. Omega was the first Eastern European band, which could achieve success also beyond the Iron Curtain. Would it be easier now? - Well, the regime change came a bit late for us. It was extremely hard to be successful a socialistic country clearly ruled by capitalistic relations. But when we crossed the Iron Curtain, I think we were interesting for them as they knew where we came from. But we did not give up! I can assure you that the band has never been in such a good form and condition as today, not even 30 years ago. We have a permanent challenge: as long as the Rolling Stones remain on stage, we shall not give up either! The Rolling Stones also had a concert in Budapest. Did you go there? - Yes. It was in 1995 and it was a great experience for me, I could not even imagine it before. I think that nothing can beat the performance of the Rolling Stones in Budapest. I promised to myself that after this concert I will never go to a rock concert any more, no matter who comes to Budapest. I still keep to it. How many albums have you sold for the past years? - I can tell you exact figures. Gammapolis is on the top of the albums in Hungarian language with 625 thousand pieces sold. In 1987 we got an award for 5 million albums sold from the company Hungaroton, now this number has amounted to about 7 million pieces sold. From the worldwide aspect the most successful album was the English version of the album Időrabló (Time Thief) with 2 million pieces sold. Totally there are about 15 million albums of the band Omega and of course it does not contain the counterfeit copies and the albums issued in the former Soviet Union, as we cannot even estimate their number. What are the chances of rock music nowadays: - In my opinion the second half of the last century was the most successful era of this music genre. Some decades passed and it is slowly becoming a classical music genre. But if the "old mammoths" die out, we do not expect its really successful continuation, as up to now there is no real continuation of the Italian opera from 200 years ago or of the Hungarian operetta from 100 years ago. I say it despite the fact that even nowadays there are many excellent rock bands but if rock wants to conquer it also requires an atmosphere, which is not really characteristic for today’s world. Photogallery

Košice The rock legend of the eastern block, the Hungarian band Omega led by the long-haired János Kóbor alias Mecky is also coming to Košice after an unbelievably long time! On Wednesday, 24th May at 7 pm the old rock fans and also the younger age groups will have a rock holiday in the Amphitheatre - simply everybody who has been seduced by this music. "We played more than twenty years ago directly in Košice therefore we are really looking forward to it" Mecky admitted. „We were in Slovakia two years ago and then I found out that the fans have remained the same, they are as great as some years ago. All the fans have the chance to sing the good old hits, but Omega will also surprise them with some new songs. We are going to play 3-4 new songs from the album we are finishing now Mecky said. The band Sexit from Roňava and Marián Varga will play before the actual performance of Omega. I have huge respect for this concert, 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" Marián Varga said for Korzár. He has already trained how to perform with Omega as Collegium Musicum went on a tour with Omega all across Hungary in 1972. 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. His fans can enjoy a mixture of older and new hits, however in a bit different version as they did not manage to call Collegium Musicum to the concert.

Omega – the biggest name in rock music from the days of the old Eastern Bloc, the only band, in fact, from the Communist era to make it all over Europe, are hitting the road again and going on their EUROMEGA TOUR 2006 Omega are giving two concerts in Slovakia, one in each of the country’s two biggest cities, playing in the National Tennis Centre in Bratislava at 7pm on May 23rd /www.ntc.sk/ and in the Amphitheatre in Košice at 7pm on May 24th. The support act at the concert will be Marián Varga /ex—Collegium Musicum/ as a solo performer, and in Bratislava Radim Hladík’s Blue Effect - a band with a brilliant guitarist and in Košice instead of Blue Effect Marián Varga and the band SEXIT from Rožňava. Radim Hladík and Blue Effect with their new line-up will launch a dynamic show with classic numbers like Kuře v hodinkách (Chicken in the Clock) or Sluneční hrob (Sunny grave) with Hladík using his famous bow not only with the whole band but also in solo numbers with his drummer. Nearly an hour long, the support show should get the crowd in the right mood for the main act of the long May evening!  Omega – the band Fans who remember Omega from ten or more years ago can enjoy their music again. To the sounds of guitar and keyboard and the big screen image, enters the main front man, the long-haired Janos Kobor - „Mecky“. As in the old days, Janos still knows how to thrill his fans with his unique stage presence.  The Omega band has been expanded by talented musicians and vocalists. The forceful line-up will present some of the songs from their new album that is being prepared and of course they will play some of their most famous songs. Even young members of the crowd who have never seen Omega before will be carried away by the power of their performance.  Omega is not playing in Slovakia for the first time and after many years they played two years ago in the stadium in Dunajská Streda and last year on June 9th in the Lucerna hall in Prague, and fans could enjoy a memorable musical experience. It will not be different this time either.  Such a band will come to our country again, which despite the language barriers, broke through into Europe during the Communist era with its music, texts, concerts spiced up with pioneer amazing laser pyrotechnic elements and won themselves fans all over the continent and people still want them and love them - it is a band that is called the Eastern Rolling Stones – not without any reason. For more information about Omega in more languages – a discography and biography, see the website www.gammapolis.de. Ageless band of yesterday and today

Omega – the biggest name in rock music from the days of the old Eastern Bloc, the only band, in fact, from the Communist era to make it all over Europe, are hitting the road again and going on their EUROMEGA TOUR 2006 Omega are giving two concerts in Slovakia, one in each of the country’s two biggest cities, playing in the National Tennis Centre in Bratislava at 7pm on May 23rd /www.ntc.sk/ and in the Amphitheatre in Košice at 7pm on May 24th. The support act at the concert will be Marián Varga /ex—Collegium Musicum/ as a solo performer, and in Bratislava Radim Hladík’s Blue Effect - a band with a brilliant guitarist and in Košice instead of Blue Effect Marián Varga and the band SEXIT from Rožňava. Radim Hladík and Blue Effect with their new line-up will launch a dynamic show with classic numbers like Kuře v hodinkách (Chicken in the Clock) or Sluneční hrob (Sunny grave) with Hladík using his famous bow not only with the whole band but also in solo numbers with his drummer. Nearly an hour long, the support show should get the crowd in the right mood for the main act of the long May evening!  Omega – the band Fans who remember Omega from ten or more years ago can enjoy their music again. To the sounds of guitar and keyboard and the big screen image, enters the main front man, the long-haired Janos Kobor - „Mecky“. As in the old days, Janos still knows how to thrill his fans with his unique stage presence.  The Omega band has been expanded by talented musicians and vocalists. The forceful line-up will present some of the songs from their new album that is being prepared and of course they will play some of their most famous songs. Even young members of the crowd who have never seen Omega before will be carried away by the power of their performance.  Omega is not playing in Slovakia for the first time and after many years they played two years ago in the stadium in Dunajská Streda and last year on June 9th in the Lucerna hall in Prague, and fans could enjoy a memorable musical experience. It will not be different this time either.  Such a band will come to our country again, which despite the language barriers, broke through into Europe during the Communist era with its music, texts, concerts spiced up with pioneer amazing laser pyrotechnic elements and won themselves fans all over the continent and people still want them and love them - it is a band that is called the Eastern Rolling Stones – not without any reason. For more information about Omega in more languages – a discography and biography, see the website www.gammapolis.de. Ageless band of yesterday and today

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Many people considered it to be a sensation when two years ago the band Omega, which was formed 44 years ago in 1963, had a concert on the football pitch in Dunajská Streda. The concert in Gombasek followed and now on 23rd May in Bratislava (Sibamac arena, at 7 pm) and one day later on 24th May in Košice (at 7 pm, Amphitheatre) the "Old rascals" will sing again. The band “sent” the singer János Kóbor for field examination and then he answered the questions of journalists. Why did you call this concert series Omegatour – we asked János Kóbor. - On one side we are happy that we could become a member of the European union and on the other side our concerts will direct to some cities of the union. Apart from performances in the Czech Republic, Horná zem, Sedmohrad we also plan to go to Poland, Germany and Holland. But we do not stop at the borders of the EU, we will perform in Switzerland and probably for the first time in history we will also conquer Moscow. What can we know about these concerts? - They can vary according to the term and place they will be held at but all of preserving the traditions of the band Omega, as to outer form and music material. In fact it is not a tour but more like acceptation of personal invitations. We will not stop, - but of course we will take a break during the soccer world cup. We are big football plans; in August we will go on holiday and then in the autumn we will set off again. Next year we plan to celebrate the 45th anniversary of founding the company by organising a concert. After a long time you prepared a new album... Yes and we are happy that right here in Bratislava for the first time we can play some new songs from this album. Not the whole content, only three songs. Of course not at the expense of big Omega hits as without the songs like Gyöngyhajú lány (Girl with pearl hair), Tízezer lépés (Ten thousand steps), Petróleumlámpa (Kerosene lamp) or Fekete pillangó (Black butterfly) it would not be a real Omega concert. The name of our new song is Égi jel (A Sign from Heaven) and relating to its mood, music and text it fits in well with the songs from the albums of the band Omega issued in the 70s, for example like Csillagok útján (On the Way of the Stars) or Gammapolis. Of course on a modern technological level of today's world. But have not been without an album even so far as some best of albums of the band Omega were issued in Germany. We are preparing the English version of the new album, which will be recorded in the summer. The music material was traditionally prepared by the members of the band, but the texts tie with the names of some other persons. János Bródy for the first time wrote an Omega song under his own name, but Péter Sülyi and András Trunkos are traditional text writers of the band Omega. Despite the fact that the texts were written by three different people, to me as a singer it seems that they reflect a unified world of thinking. And as usual, we do not deal with big issues from public life or the society – even if we could talk about many things in Hungary -, but in our songs we still sing about personal fate and feelings of people and the mood surrounding them. What do you expect from Bratislava and Košice? - I think that we have all the preconditions given for having a great party in these cities. As last year in Prague, although the audience have been spoilt by the concerts of world famous stars, more people came to our concert than to the concert of the band Duran-Duran, which took place at the same time. I consider the concert in Prague to be one of our best-level performances in our career. It was an amazing experience when I heard the audience sing the song Gyöngyhajú lány (Girl with pearl hair) in Czech. As to Slovakia, according to our experience from two years ago in Dunajská Streda and last year in Gombasek, I think there is nothing to worry about. Of course Bratislava and Košice are different, but if we were successful in Prague, it should not be the other way round here either. I know that also in Bratislava many big rock concerts take place, which are a kind of competition for us, but we are not afraid to face it. Omega was the first Eastern European band, which could achieve success also beyond the Iron Curtain. Would it be easier now? - Well, the regime change came a bit late for us. It was extremely hard to be successful a socialistic country clearly ruled by capitalistic relations. But when we crossed the Iron Curtain, I think we were interesting for them as they knew where we came from. But we did not give up! I can assure you that the band has never been in such a good form and condition as today, not even 30 years ago. We have a permanent challenge: as long as the Rolling Stones remain on stage, we shall not give up either! The Rolling Stones also had a concert in Budapest. Did you go there? - Yes. It was in 1995 and it was a great experience for me, I could not even imagine it before. I think that nothing can beat the performance of the Rolling Stones in Budapest. I promised to myself that after this concert I will never go to a rock concert any more, no matter who comes to Budapest. I still keep to it. How many albums have you sold for the past years? - I can tell you exact figures. Gammapolis is on the top of the albums in Hungarian language with 625 thousand pieces sold. In 1987 we got an award for 5 million albums sold from the company Hungaroton, now this number has amounted to about 7 million pieces sold. From the worldwide aspect the most successful album was the English version of the album Időrabló (Time Thief) with 2 million pieces sold. Totally there are about 15 million albums of the band Omega and of course it does not contain the counterfeit copies and the albums issued in the former Soviet Union, as we cannot even estimate their number. What are the chances of rock music nowadays: - In my opinion the second half of the last century was the most successful era of this music genre. Some decades passed and it is slowly becoming a classical music genre. But if the "old mammoths" die out, we do not expect its really successful continuation, as up to now there is no real continuation of the Italian opera from 200 years ago or of the Hungarian operetta from 100 years ago. I say it despite the fact that even nowadays there are many excellent rock bands but if rock wants to conquer it also requires an atmosphere, which is not really characteristic for today’s world. Photogallery

Košice The rock legend of the eastern block, the Hungarian band Omega led by the long-haired János Kóbor alias Mecky is also coming to Košice after an unbelievably long time! On Wednesday, 24th May at 7 pm the old rock fans and also the younger age groups will have a rock holiday in the Amphitheatre - simply everybody who has been seduced by this music. "We played more than twenty years ago directly in Košice therefore we are really looking forward to it" Mecky admitted. „We were in Slovakia two years ago and then I found out that the fans have remained the same, they are as great as some years ago. All the fans have the chance to sing the good old hits, but Omega will also surprise them with some new songs. We are going to play 3-4 new songs from the album we are finishing now Mecky said. The band Sexit from Roňava and Marián Varga will play before the actual performance of Omega. I have huge respect for this concert, 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" Marián Varga said for Korzár. He has already trained how to perform with Omega as Collegium Musicum went on a tour with Omega all across Hungary in 1972. 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. His fans can enjoy a mixture of older and new hits, however in a bit different version as they did not manage to call Collegium Musicum to the concert.

Omega – the biggest name in rock music from the days of the old Eastern Bloc, the only band, in fact, from the Communist era to make it all over Europe, are hitting the road again and going on their EUROMEGA TOUR 2006 Omega are giving two concerts in Slovakia, one in each of the country’s two biggest cities, playing in the National Tennis Centre in Bratislava at 7pm on May 23rd /www.ntc.sk/ and in the Amphitheatre in Košice at 7pm on May 24th. The support act at the concert will be Marián Varga /ex—Collegium Musicum/ as a solo performer, and in Bratislava Radim Hladík’s Blue Effect - a band with a brilliant guitarist and in Košice instead of Blue Effect Marián Varga and the band SEXIT from Rožňava. Radim Hladík and Blue Effect with their new line-up will launch a dynamic show with classic numbers like Kuře v hodinkách (Chicken in the Clock) or Sluneční hrob (Sunny grave) with Hladík using his famous bow not only with the whole band but also in solo numbers with his drummer. Nearly an hour long, the support show should get the crowd in the right mood for the main act of the long May evening!  Omega – the band Fans who remember Omega from ten or more years ago can enjoy their music again. To the sounds of guitar and keyboard and the big screen image, enters the main front man, the long-haired Janos Kobor - „Mecky“. As in the old days, Janos still knows how to thrill his fans with his unique stage presence.  The Omega band has been expanded by talented musicians and vocalists. The forceful line-up will present some of the songs from their new album that is being prepared and of course they will play some of their most famous songs. Even young members of the crowd who have never seen Omega before will be carried away by the power of their performance.  Omega is not playing in Slovakia for the first time and after many years they played two years ago in the stadium in Dunajská Streda and last year on June 9th in the Lucerna hall in Prague, and fans could enjoy a memorable musical experience. It will not be different this time either.  Such a band will come to our country again, which despite the language barriers, broke through into Europe during the Communist era with its music, texts, concerts spiced up with pioneer amazing laser pyrotechnic elements and won themselves fans all over the continent and people still want them and love them - it is a band that is called the Eastern Rolling Stones – not without any reason. For more information about Omega in more languages – a discography and biography, see the website www.gammapolis.de. Ageless band of yesterday and today

Omega – the biggest name in rock music from the days of the old Eastern Bloc, the only band, in fact, from the Communist era to make it all over Europe, are hitting the road again and going on their EUROMEGA TOUR 2006 Omega are giving two concerts in Slovakia, one in each of the country’s two biggest cities, playing in the National Tennis Centre in Bratislava at 7pm on May 23rd /www.ntc.sk/ and in the Amphitheatre in Košice at 7pm on May 24th. The support act at the concert will be Marián Varga /ex—Collegium Musicum/ as a solo performer, and in Bratislava Radim Hladík’s Blue Effect - a band with a brilliant guitarist and in Košice instead of Blue Effect Marián Varga and the band SEXIT from Rožňava. Radim Hladík and Blue Effect with their new line-up will launch a dynamic show with classic numbers like Kuře v hodinkách (Chicken in the Clock) or Sluneční hrob (Sunny grave) with Hladík using his famous bow not only with the whole band but also in solo numbers with his drummer. Nearly an hour long, the support show should get the crowd in the right mood for the main act of the long May evening!  Omega – the band Fans who remember Omega from ten or more years ago can enjoy their music again. To the sounds of guitar and keyboard and the big screen image, enters the main front man, the long-haired Janos Kobor - „Mecky“. As in the old days, Janos still knows how to thrill his fans with his unique stage presence.  The Omega band has been expanded by talented musicians and vocalists. The forceful line-up will present some of the songs from their new album that is being prepared and of course they will play some of their most famous songs. Even young members of the crowd who have never seen Omega before will be carried away by the power of their performance.  Omega is not playing in Slovakia for the first time and after many years they played two years ago in the stadium in Dunajská Streda and last year on June 9th in the Lucerna hall in Prague, and fans could enjoy a memorable musical experience. It will not be different this time either.  Such a band will come to our country again, which despite the language barriers, broke through into Europe during the Communist era with its music, texts, concerts spiced up with pioneer amazing laser pyrotechnic elements and won themselves fans all over the continent and people still want them and love them - it is a band that is called the Eastern Rolling Stones – not without any reason. For more information about Omega in more languages – a discography and biography, see the website www.gammapolis.de. Ageless band of yesterday and today