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PRAGUE The concert of rock veterans on the 9th of July in the big hall in Lucerna. You will be entertained by Hungarian band Omega and also by home band Blue Effect. János Kóbor, the singer and also the establishing member of Omega, visited Prague on Wednesday. Stadion band Since 1980’s Omega has been in the position of superstar in Hungaria, and its members have organised concerts only in big halls or at stadions. They have kept this position up to this day. In 1999, ninety thousand fans came to a concert at Népstadión in Budapest. Speciffically, these giant concerts represent the main interest and also the source of income of the band. ‘’Whereas in the past we used to sell hundreds of thousands pieces of each album, nowadays we are glad when we sell twenty thousand pieces.’’ said Kóbor. Even though Lucerna represents rather intimate setting for Omega, visitors will not miss even a visual show. János Kóbor added that the program would consist not only of the oldest hits of the band but also of the most new songs from their album. The concert should take place this fall. The origin of the band dates to 1962, and four years later the band produced four singles which contained also the hit of British Rolling Stones Paint It Black. The next year Gábor Presser, a key player and a composer, joined the band, and Omega started to fully concentrate on primal production in mother language. The breakage came in 1968 when the band managed to make a tour around the Great Britain, where they played with famous Traffic. The celebrities as Eric Clapton or George Harrison came to see the concert. The following years Omega produced albums in English and in German, too. However, at the concerts they presented themselves in native language. Kóbor explained that it was easier to express their emotions and the contents of the texts in Hungarian language. Gábor Presser left Omega at the beginning of 1980’s, and he devoted himself to a newly established band – not less famous – named Locomotiv GT. Kóbor said that Omega celebrated its biggest success in Switzerland, Germany, and in the states around the Mediterranean Sea. Within the beat festival in 1971, they made their visit to Lucerna in Prague. In principle, Hungarian rock was very popular in Czechoslovakia during 1970‘s and 1980‘s, and it was Omega which made a big deal in that. „The rock age ended for me with U2" During 43 years of existence Omega passed through changes of style, which more or less reflected the happenings at the world rock scene. The actual course of events in music is not familiar to Kóbor: „The rock age ended for me with the band U2. The bands from the last century seem to me more real than the modern ones. I still watch the happenings at the rock scene; however, I do not find inspiracy for me there.” Even though it is predictable that on the 9th of July Lucerna will serve as a place of “high school graduate party” and not as a place where rock history is made, as it was forty years ago, the influence of Omega on the musical orientation of at least one generation of Czech rockers was so intensive that the concert can be considered one of the main occurrences of rock spring in Prague. The singer János Kóbor He belongs to the constituent members of Hungarian Omega. Six schoolmates started to meet regularly in a clubroom in Budapest in the end of 1950’s. It was the time when even the land behind the Iron Curtain was attacked by rock’n’roll. Named Omega they had their first performance in 1962. “I still watch the happenings at the rock scene; however, I do not find inspiracy for me there.” said the singer Kóbor. Web: www.idnes.cz/omega Photos from the prague press conference MECKY answers listener's questions in two hours of live broadcast of RADIO BEAT in Prague, 2005/05/11

An exclusive conversation with the singer and the leader of the music band called Alphaville. Your songs were very popular in socialistic Czechoslovakia in 1980`s. Did you know about your popularity behind the Iron curtain? -Yes, we had some information that we were popular in eastern Europe, and we were delighted by that. In 1986, we wanted to visit Democratic republic of Germany, but they did not let us publish our album there due to negative comunistic propaganda, so it was useless. Despite this fact, the popularity behind the Iron curtain was incredible. When did you hear about Slovakia for the first time? -When the Slovak republic was established, so it is not a long time ago. Did you visit us before your first concert here? -No, but when we came to Kosice for the first time several years ago, I was amazed by your wonderful nature. Your mountains and forests are beautiful. What do you thing about Slovak people? Certainly, you know some of them... -Yeah, but most of the peole we met was on our tours, in hotels, and at the evening parties; therefore, I suppose my image of Slovaks is not complete. I think you are very similar to Czech people. You are elegant, but still very conservative, and you guard your values. And I noticed that clocks in your hotels are always five minutes late...(laughter) And I like that you have hens in your gardens. It evokes nostalgy in me because when I was a little boy, I used to feed them... What do you think about Slovak women? - They are really very beautiful (laughter). Lets talk about your band. At the beginning of your career you took 10 years` break and you had no concerts. Why did you come back to stage in 1993? - I do not consider it as our comeback because we did not make real concerts before. We did not want to be regarded as an ordinary studio project makers that is why we came back to play in front of people. Till that time we dreamt about recording studio - a place where we could have realized our dreams and musical ideas. Everything we produced was done only by means of electronics and various kinds of instruments. We did not use real musical instruments, and we could not play on the stage with that. In the course of time, key-boards got modernized, samples started to be used, so we decided to do concerts. Besides, we wanted to share powerful stories hidden in our songs with people. I wanted so much to stand on the stage and tell people about their origin. One of your hits is called Forever Young. Do you still feel young? - No, unfortunately I am a mortal and I know that I must die one day (laughter). But now I am here and I compose songs. The song Forever Young is often misunderstood; it is not about immortality or eternal youth but about unreality. Every human being wants to live forever although everybody knows it is not possible. So your texts are also about philosophy... -Sure, none of our songs is a pop one. Our most popular songs carry a deep message. I realize that the song Big In Japan is considered commercial, but if people thought about its verses, they would find out that it expresses unusual feelings. And pop trash cannot do this. And what is your life-philosophy? -I believe that I will never lose my curiosity because it helps me get further and further. Due to my curiosity I can do music, combine words, and seek for new ideas. I cannot imagine my future without curiosity. People know a lot about you, but they know nothing about your family. Can you give away something about your close relatives? -I have three beautiful children, two girls and one boy. They are my life, they mean everything to me. I am single though.

Despite the catastrophic start of the tour of legendary german band Alphaville around Slovakia the concert in Bratislava on Friday was a great celebration of colourful commensalism of electronic melodies and lights. And it proved the fact that age in generally is not a matter of numbers but a matter of our condition and feelings... On Thursday it seemed that the performation of the band and its leader Marian Gold in Slovakia would face only problems. The band was passing the boarder with Czech Republic by bus and it got trapped by Slovak police. The band became a victim of a national precautionary traffic action called Jastrab. They had to pay a penalty for exceeding the speed limit. Then the driver of the bus said that he could not continue driving because according to international rules he had to take forty-five minutes` break after four hours of driving. And this was not the end. The huge double-decked vehicle weighting 22 tons lost its driving mirror on its way through Slovakian minor roads. So the band came to press conference in the hotel Zlatý kžúčik in Nitra three hours late. Fortunately, the leader and the founder of the band was answering the questions of journalists like a real professional - with smile and patience - for more than hour. When everything seemed to be all right, the manager surprised the organisers and also the musicians. He started to claim that Nitra was too far from Bratislava, the place of concert. It was almost 11 pm when he decided that the band should move to Bratislava and find a new hotel... The other day this cultish electronic band convinced its fans that they can overcome problems easily. The band Gréta and Mantinels from Nitra had a performance before Alphaville, and it proved to be an interesting newcomer of home popular scene. The visitors of National Tennis Center were amazed. After all, Gold and the other members of Alphaville showed on the stage and presented their old, new, and also the latest songs which should appear on their next album. The show lasted one hour and a half, and four thousand people were fascinated mostly by evergreens like Sounds Like A Melody or Big In Japan. Ageless Gold, whose voice is unbelievably matured, said good-bye to the audience by the hymnic song Forever Young – a favourite song of older but also young generations. And apparently, also of coming generations...

After 25 years, during which Hungarian rock legend, despite number of invitations, did not have any concerts abroad, Omega comes to Slovakia. Their gigantic concert called I Bring Sun and Stars takes place on a stadion DAC in Dunajská Streda on Saturday, September 11. The organisers promise a fantastic show. Omega comes to Dunajská Streda with a big technical garniture loaded in several lorries. There will be huge videoprojections, massive platform with a roof, laser effects, and naturally, concert lasting more than three hours. The music band taking performance before Omega will be Sexit from Rožňava. The official origin of the band Omega dates to September 23, 1962, when they had their first performance in a student club at Technical university in Budapest. At first they experimented a lot. The members of the band changed often, too. In their begginings, they did not have any specific style. They played music of English rock scene, for example Rolling Stones. From the founders of the band only two of them remained – the key and bandmaster László “Laci” Benkő and the singer János “Mecky” Kóbor. In 1964, present-day bassquitar player Tamás „Misi“ Mihály joined the band. Their first singles got out in 1966, but they contained only songs of Rolling Stones and Hollies. Records with their own songs appeared in 1967. Those which sustained were recorded on CD Az Omega összes kislemeze (1967 – 1971) in 1992. In 1968, they recorded two albums – Red Star of Hungary in England (in English) and Trombitás Frédy és a Rettenetes emberek. That year the band got a new guitar player Győry “Elefánt” Molnár, who stayed in Omega up to this day. The work of the band got more and more professional and throughout the next two years they recorded two more albums – 10000 Lépes and Éjszakai országút. Songs which later became the classic of Omega band came with these albums – 10000 Lépes, Petróleum lámpa, and their hymn Gyöngyhajú lány. These songs made the band famous worldwide, especially on festivals in Palma da Mallorca and in Tokio in 1970. A year later, Ferenc “Ciki” Debreceni joined Omega, and the band copmpilation was complete. The band was very popular the following years. They recorded new albums and had concerts all over Europe. They sold out stadions in Holland, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia. In 1994, they played for 70 thousand people on Népstadione in Budapest. Omega even established a company and started their own television chanel named Omega. During its 42 years of existence, the band recorded 15 studio albums, several selective and concert albums, and albums in various languages.

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PRAGUE The concert of rock veterans on the 9th of July in the big hall in Lucerna. You will be entertained by Hungarian band Omega and also by home band Blue Effect. János Kóbor, the singer and also the establishing member of Omega, visited Prague on Wednesday. Stadion band Since 1980’s Omega has been in the position of superstar in Hungaria, and its members have organised concerts only in big halls or at stadions. They have kept this position up to this day. In 1999, ninety thousand fans came to a concert at Népstadión in Budapest. Speciffically, these giant concerts represent the main interest and also the source of income of the band. ‘’Whereas in the past we used to sell hundreds of thousands pieces of each album, nowadays we are glad when we sell twenty thousand pieces.’’ said Kóbor. Even though Lucerna represents rather intimate setting for Omega, visitors will not miss even a visual show. János Kóbor added that the program would consist not only of the oldest hits of the band but also of the most new songs from their album. The concert should take place this fall. The origin of the band dates to 1962, and four years later the band produced four singles which contained also the hit of British Rolling Stones Paint It Black. The next year Gábor Presser, a key player and a composer, joined the band, and Omega started to fully concentrate on primal production in mother language. The breakage came in 1968 when the band managed to make a tour around the Great Britain, where they played with famous Traffic. The celebrities as Eric Clapton or George Harrison came to see the concert. The following years Omega produced albums in English and in German, too. However, at the concerts they presented themselves in native language. Kóbor explained that it was easier to express their emotions and the contents of the texts in Hungarian language. Gábor Presser left Omega at the beginning of 1980’s, and he devoted himself to a newly established band – not less famous – named Locomotiv GT. Kóbor said that Omega celebrated its biggest success in Switzerland, Germany, and in the states around the Mediterranean Sea. Within the beat festival in 1971, they made their visit to Lucerna in Prague. In principle, Hungarian rock was very popular in Czechoslovakia during 1970‘s and 1980‘s, and it was Omega which made a big deal in that. „The rock age ended for me with U2" During 43 years of existence Omega passed through changes of style, which more or less reflected the happenings at the world rock scene. The actual course of events in music is not familiar to Kóbor: „The rock age ended for me with the band U2. The bands from the last century seem to me more real than the modern ones. I still watch the happenings at the rock scene; however, I do not find inspiracy for me there.” Even though it is predictable that on the 9th of July Lucerna will serve as a place of “high school graduate party” and not as a place where rock history is made, as it was forty years ago, the influence of Omega on the musical orientation of at least one generation of Czech rockers was so intensive that the concert can be considered one of the main occurrences of rock spring in Prague. The singer János Kóbor He belongs to the constituent members of Hungarian Omega. Six schoolmates started to meet regularly in a clubroom in Budapest in the end of 1950’s. It was the time when even the land behind the Iron Curtain was attacked by rock’n’roll. Named Omega they had their first performance in 1962. “I still watch the happenings at the rock scene; however, I do not find inspiracy for me there.” said the singer Kóbor. Web: www.idnes.cz/omega Photos from the prague press conference MECKY answers listener's questions in two hours of live broadcast of RADIO BEAT in Prague, 2005/05/11

An exclusive conversation with the singer and the leader of the music band called Alphaville. Your songs were very popular in socialistic Czechoslovakia in 1980`s. Did you know about your popularity behind the Iron curtain? -Yes, we had some information that we were popular in eastern Europe, and we were delighted by that. In 1986, we wanted to visit Democratic republic of Germany, but they did not let us publish our album there due to negative comunistic propaganda, so it was useless. Despite this fact, the popularity behind the Iron curtain was incredible. When did you hear about Slovakia for the first time? -When the Slovak republic was established, so it is not a long time ago. Did you visit us before your first concert here? -No, but when we came to Kosice for the first time several years ago, I was amazed by your wonderful nature. Your mountains and forests are beautiful. What do you thing about Slovak people? Certainly, you know some of them... -Yeah, but most of the peole we met was on our tours, in hotels, and at the evening parties; therefore, I suppose my image of Slovaks is not complete. I think you are very similar to Czech people. You are elegant, but still very conservative, and you guard your values. And I noticed that clocks in your hotels are always five minutes late...(laughter) And I like that you have hens in your gardens. It evokes nostalgy in me because when I was a little boy, I used to feed them... What do you think about Slovak women? - They are really very beautiful (laughter). Lets talk about your band. At the beginning of your career you took 10 years` break and you had no concerts. Why did you come back to stage in 1993? - I do not consider it as our comeback because we did not make real concerts before. We did not want to be regarded as an ordinary studio project makers that is why we came back to play in front of people. Till that time we dreamt about recording studio - a place where we could have realized our dreams and musical ideas. Everything we produced was done only by means of electronics and various kinds of instruments. We did not use real musical instruments, and we could not play on the stage with that. In the course of time, key-boards got modernized, samples started to be used, so we decided to do concerts. Besides, we wanted to share powerful stories hidden in our songs with people. I wanted so much to stand on the stage and tell people about their origin. One of your hits is called Forever Young. Do you still feel young? - No, unfortunately I am a mortal and I know that I must die one day (laughter). But now I am here and I compose songs. The song Forever Young is often misunderstood; it is not about immortality or eternal youth but about unreality. Every human being wants to live forever although everybody knows it is not possible. So your texts are also about philosophy... -Sure, none of our songs is a pop one. Our most popular songs carry a deep message. I realize that the song Big In Japan is considered commercial, but if people thought about its verses, they would find out that it expresses unusual feelings. And pop trash cannot do this. And what is your life-philosophy? -I believe that I will never lose my curiosity because it helps me get further and further. Due to my curiosity I can do music, combine words, and seek for new ideas. I cannot imagine my future without curiosity. People know a lot about you, but they know nothing about your family. Can you give away something about your close relatives? -I have three beautiful children, two girls and one boy. They are my life, they mean everything to me. I am single though.

Despite the catastrophic start of the tour of legendary german band Alphaville around Slovakia the concert in Bratislava on Friday was a great celebration of colourful commensalism of electronic melodies and lights. And it proved the fact that age in generally is not a matter of numbers but a matter of our condition and feelings... On Thursday it seemed that the performation of the band and its leader Marian Gold in Slovakia would face only problems. The band was passing the boarder with Czech Republic by bus and it got trapped by Slovak police. The band became a victim of a national precautionary traffic action called Jastrab. They had to pay a penalty for exceeding the speed limit. Then the driver of the bus said that he could not continue driving because according to international rules he had to take forty-five minutes` break after four hours of driving. And this was not the end. The huge double-decked vehicle weighting 22 tons lost its driving mirror on its way through Slovakian minor roads. So the band came to press conference in the hotel Zlatý kžúčik in Nitra three hours late. Fortunately, the leader and the founder of the band was answering the questions of journalists like a real professional - with smile and patience - for more than hour. When everything seemed to be all right, the manager surprised the organisers and also the musicians. He started to claim that Nitra was too far from Bratislava, the place of concert. It was almost 11 pm when he decided that the band should move to Bratislava and find a new hotel... The other day this cultish electronic band convinced its fans that they can overcome problems easily. The band Gréta and Mantinels from Nitra had a performance before Alphaville, and it proved to be an interesting newcomer of home popular scene. The visitors of National Tennis Center were amazed. After all, Gold and the other members of Alphaville showed on the stage and presented their old, new, and also the latest songs which should appear on their next album. The show lasted one hour and a half, and four thousand people were fascinated mostly by evergreens like Sounds Like A Melody or Big In Japan. Ageless Gold, whose voice is unbelievably matured, said good-bye to the audience by the hymnic song Forever Young – a favourite song of older but also young generations. And apparently, also of coming generations...

After 25 years, during which Hungarian rock legend, despite number of invitations, did not have any concerts abroad, Omega comes to Slovakia. Their gigantic concert called I Bring Sun and Stars takes place on a stadion DAC in Dunajská Streda on Saturday, September 11. The organisers promise a fantastic show. Omega comes to Dunajská Streda with a big technical garniture loaded in several lorries. There will be huge videoprojections, massive platform with a roof, laser effects, and naturally, concert lasting more than three hours. The music band taking performance before Omega will be Sexit from Rožňava. The official origin of the band Omega dates to September 23, 1962, when they had their first performance in a student club at Technical university in Budapest. At first they experimented a lot. The members of the band changed often, too. In their begginings, they did not have any specific style. They played music of English rock scene, for example Rolling Stones. From the founders of the band only two of them remained – the key and bandmaster László “Laci” Benkő and the singer János “Mecky” Kóbor. In 1964, present-day bassquitar player Tamás „Misi“ Mihály joined the band. Their first singles got out in 1966, but they contained only songs of Rolling Stones and Hollies. Records with their own songs appeared in 1967. Those which sustained were recorded on CD Az Omega összes kislemeze (1967 – 1971) in 1992. In 1968, they recorded two albums – Red Star of Hungary in England (in English) and Trombitás Frédy és a Rettenetes emberek. That year the band got a new guitar player Győry “Elefánt” Molnár, who stayed in Omega up to this day. The work of the band got more and more professional and throughout the next two years they recorded two more albums – 10000 Lépes and Éjszakai országút. Songs which later became the classic of Omega band came with these albums – 10000 Lépes, Petróleum lámpa, and their hymn Gyöngyhajú lány. These songs made the band famous worldwide, especially on festivals in Palma da Mallorca and in Tokio in 1970. A year later, Ferenc “Ciki” Debreceni joined Omega, and the band copmpilation was complete. The band was very popular the following years. They recorded new albums and had concerts all over Europe. They sold out stadions in Holland, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia. In 1994, they played for 70 thousand people on Népstadione in Budapest. Omega even established a company and started their own television chanel named Omega. During its 42 years of existence, the band recorded 15 studio albums, several selective and concert albums, and albums in various languages.