P R E Z E N C E
We arrived in time to see Stargazer doing their highly acclaimed Deep Purple, Dio and Rainbow set. This band have picked up a large following and a reputation for being the best and most authentic around, so the early time slot was a bit puzzling - there was a view that they were on so early to encourage punters to arrive in time – it certainly seemed to work as there was an influx of arrivals to the park who had specifically timed their arrival to make sure they didn’t miss out. The band members have a unique chemistry and frontman Tamas Czemez has an incredible voice, capturing the essence of David Coverdale, Ian Gillan and Ronnie James Dio while keeping his own identity. We were treated to a range of classics over the ninety minutes including Burn and Stormbringer, taking in Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Catch the Rainbow, Perfect Strangers and putting in a brilliant Child In Time. A great, great start to the weekend, setting the bar very high indeed.
I first fell in love with rock music in the 70s and early 80s through Whitesnake and Rainbow, and to hear the songs recreated in this setting touched a special place in my heart, and judging by the reactions of the rammed to the rafters crowd many others felt the same way. From the opener, Walking in the Shadow of the Blues, right through to the finale of In the Still of the Night, the boys played an absolute blinder and basically won the V Lounge. Prezence is the same line up as Stargazer and with the extraordinary talents of Gus Mark, Mark Parkin, Rob Hulford and Pablo Vieda providing a rock solid base for Tamas, and the band need to be celebrated for even making the poodle-hair AOR period of Whitesnake sound brilliant. Many audience members lost out as there simply wasn’t room to fit everyone in who wanted to be there, and there wasn’t a spare space anywhere in the entire room – the only time this happened over the event.