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Post  Alena on Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:35 pm

Lordi





From left to right: OX, Amen, Mr. Lordi, Awa, Kita
Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genre(s) Hard rock, heavy metal, shock rock
Years active 1991 – present
Label(s) Sony BMG, GUN, The End, Drakkar Records
Associated acts Dolchamar, Punaiset Messiaat, Arthemesia, Deathlike Silence, Wanda Whips Wall Street, Double Beat Und Bodys
Website www.lordi.fi (http://www.lordi.fi)
Members
Mr. Lordi
Amen
OX
Awa
Kita
Former members
G-Stealer
Magnum
Kalma
Enary


Lordi is a hard rock/heavy metal band from Rovaniemi, Finland. The concept for Lordi was devised in 1992, however, the band was not formed until 1996 by Tomi Putaansuu (known as "Mr. Lordi")[1] of Rovaniemi, Finland. Members of Lordi are noted for their elaborate monster-like costumes seen during live shows and in music videos. Lordi are also known as "The Finnish Monsters" and "The Monsters of Finland".

Lordi won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with 292 points, giving Finland its first ever victory. Lordi featured on the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen when Mr. Lordi presented the award for rock, and they were also the closing act playing their single Hard Rock Hallelujah. They also performed on Britain's Making Your Mind Up for the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi performed on the main stage at Ozzfest 2007 and later that year toured with Type O Negative and Twin Method until Halloween night.Contents
1 Early days
2 Costumes
2.1 Unmasked by the media
3 Eurovision Song Contest 2006
3.1 Controversy
3.2 Concert in Helsinki
4 New record label
5 Tributes
6 Members
6.1 Current members
6.2 Former members
6.3 Vocal and Instrumental Style
7 Festivals & Tours
7.1 Download 2005
7.2 Download 2006
7.3 Bamboozle '07
7.4 Ozzfest 2007
7.5 Type O Negative Tour
7.6 Rock2Wgtn 2008
7.7 Wacken Open Air 2008
7.8 Deadache tour 2009
8 Late Night with Conan O'Brien
9 Discography
9.1 Studio Albums
9.2 Album Certifications and Sales
9.3 Singles and EPs
9.4 Compilation Albums
9.5 Music videos
9.6 Eurovision live performances
9.7 DVDs
9.8 Other
9.9 Cover songs
10 Filmography
10.1 The Kin
10.2 Dark Floors
11 Other releases
11.1 Comics by Mr. Lordi
11.2 Books about Lordi

Early days

In the beginning of the 1990s, Putaansuu played in a small band from Rovaniemi. He left the band when the other members didn't agree with the introduction of theatrical elements and KISS-style rock. Putaansuu started producing demos under the name Lordi in 1991 and continued to do so for a few years. In 1995 he made a song "Inferno" and a music video for it as a school project. The video has not been released because Putaansuu is in the video without a mask.

After "Inferno", Putaansuu had a dream. In the dream he was at a concert and there was a skeleton on stage playing. When he woke up, he knew that Lordi should be a Heavy metal band full of monsters. The monster in the dream would eventually become the bassist Kalma.

The rest of the band members met each other for the first time in 1995 in Stockholm, where they had gone to see KISS perform. From the very beginning, they wanted their band to perform with spectacular pyrotechnics, and wearing "monster style" masks. Lordi almost got a record deal in 1999 but shortly after the contract the company collapsed and lost all their money. Finally, the BMG Finland recording company accepted them and in 2002 their first single Would You Love A Monsterman? became a smash hit and not long after that, their first album, Get Heavy, sold 66,000 copies in Finland.[2]

Costumes

The monster masks and costumes the band use are made of foam latex. Mr. Lordi's mask was first cast and then glued together piece by piece. The other masks are solid helmets. It takes the other monsters about 20 minutes to put the masks on but it takes about 2 or 3 hours with Mr. Lordi. Mr. Lordi mentioned that their suits still have some original pieces from 1996. He has also said that the suits cost them "a few hundred euros".[3] The band members do each others' makeup.

The monster costumes are such an integral part of Lordi's publicity image that they refuse to be photographed or even interviewed without them, even if in some cases it leads to their own discomfort. Lordi has done interviews without their masks but the interviews are always filmed from the back so that you can't see their faces. During interviews, Lordi speaks English to the cameras, not their native Finnish. In a brief segment on the BBC reporting about the band attending the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, they were shown lounging beside the pool in full sunlight, while wearing their costumes. During the segment, Lordi remarked that the costumes and the heat did not mix.

Lordi have stated that their costumes have been inspired by KISS and Horror Genre. Mr. Lordi himself has said that without KISS, Lordi probably wouldn't exist. The costumes have also drawn comparisons to the thrash metal group GWAR, who wear similar foam latex monster outfits, even though their musical styles are quite different. Mr. Lordi has claimed in interviews that he had never heard of GWAR when he first formed Lordi. In a recent interview Oderus Urungus of GWAR called Lordi "a kiddie version of GWAR" but felt that Lordi didn't rip off GWAR, as both bands owed their image to earlier musicians such as KISS. He seems to have a tongue-in-cheek rivalry with Mr. Lordi, as he has stated his desire to "remove Mr. Lordi's mask and expose him as a silly human".[4]

Mr. Lordi's mask was auctioned for more than 6000 euros. It was bought by a Finnish businessman, Vesa Keskinen in an auction organised by YLE.[5]

Unmasked by the media

Despite the band's strict approach in relation to their costumes, and due to their newfound success, multiple newspapers began publishing photos of the band members without makeup. On March 15, 2006, the Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat published a photograph of Putaansuu (Mr. Lordi) in civilian clothing, with his face partially showing. Lordi has called this an insult toward them, and an attempt to destroy the "monster image" they have worked for ten years to create. On May 22, 2006, the Daily Mail published what was believed to be an old picture of the band without their makeup or masks. It was later revealed that the band in the photo was actually Children of Bodom, a different band altogether. This was acknowledged on Children of Bodom's official website.[6] The photograph did feature Erna Siikavirta, who went on to join Lordi as Enary, the band's keyboard player. However, Enary left Lordi in 2005, well before their victory at Eurovision, replaced by Awa. On the same day, Bild-Zeitung, a German tabloid, published what they claimed was a photograph of Putaansuu without his mask in its section "Bild Uncovered" with the German headline "He is the Grand Prix Monster: All of Germany discusses the Ugliest Winners of all Time". Later many other European tabloids and newspapers have published the same or similar photographs.

On 24 May 2006, the Finnish tabloid magazine 7 Päivää (7 Days) published an old picture of Lordi's face on the front page, and two days later another tabloid, Katso! (Look!), published unmasked pictures of the other four band members.[7] Both magazines were heavily criticised by their readers for publishing these pictures, which led to swift apologies from both magazines and promises not to publish unmasked pictures of Lordi anymore.[8]

On 26 May 2006, video footage was shown on television in Lithuania. It featured four men and one woman, dressed in black, sitting by the table at the airport in Athens. After a few seconds, Heikki Paasonen (the Eurovision Finnish commentator) in a black Lordi shirt came and stood in front of the camera, covering the view.

Lordi's costume is currently in the historical costumes section in Turku Castle.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Lordi represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 finals in Athens with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" after getting through the semi-finals. The band won by a significant margin, scoring 292 points, 44 points over second placed Dima Bilan, representing Russia with the song "Never Let You Go".

Having been voted for by all countries except Albania, Armenia and Monaco, Lordi scored the highest number of points for any entry in any Eurovision Song Contest until 2009 Contest. They received 12 points from eight countries: Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK. Coincidentally, Lordi also scored 292 points in the semi-final held two days earlier. They were also the first Eurovision entrant to win in both the Semi-Final and Final stages. Lordi were congratulated on their victory by both Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen.[9] They opened the 2007 Eurovision contest.

See also Eurovision Song Contest 2006: Full Point Table.

Controversy

The choice of Lordi to represent Finland spawned some controversy in both Finland and Greece.

In Finland the choice was criticised by some and a group of religious leaders went as far as calling President Halonen to veto their entry.[10] In Greece, a number of organisations were trying to stop Lordi from competing. The Greek restaurant and bar owners' union President, Mrs. Niki Constantinou made a public plea directed to the people of Finland and Greece not to allow Lordi to perform in the contest, claiming the group is Satanic. Three other organisations in Greece initiated legal action against Lordi.[11]

Mr. Lordi himself responded to the accusations and strictly denied Satanism. He said a Satanist group would not write songs such as "Hard Rock Hallelujah" or "Devil Is A Loser".[12]

Despite, or maybe because of,[13] the controversy, Greece ended up awarding Lordi 12 points, the highest possible, in the contest final.

Concert in Helsinki

Lordi at the Market Square

To celebrate their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi held a public, free, open-air concert in the Market Square in Helsinki, Finland, on 26 May 2006. At the concert, President of Finland Tarja Halonen made an official appearance to give Lordi a bronze key flag award for exemplary Finnish work. The concert was reported to have been attended by over 90,000 people from all over Finland and even other countries, some even on their first ever trip to Helsinki.[14] The concert was the biggest public event to that day in Helsinki. On this occasion, the world record for most people ever to sing karaoke was (successfully) attempted[15] by approximately 80,000 people, singing Hard Rock Hallelujah. The previous record was held by 50,000 Irish rugby fans. [16]

New record label

Lordi on stage at Ruisrock

On December 16, 2006, it was announced on The End Records website that the band had signed on to the label and would be releasing their latest full-length entitled The Arockalypse on March 20, 2007 with three bonus tracks and a DVD release. This same album was released in Finland as The Arockalypse Special Edition.[17]

Tributes

The sign at Lordi's Square in Rovaniemi

A square in the centre of Rovaniemi, Finland, the home town of the lead singer Mr. Lordi, was renamed after them shortly after their victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was part of a redevelopment of Rovaniemi city centre.[9]

Suomen Posti Oyj, the Finnish postal service, issued a Lordi postage stamp in May 2007 in recognition of their Eurovision win. Posti had already released Lordi's Christmas single, "It Snows in Hell" as a special Christmas card edition.[18]

A brand of soda named "Lordi Cola" was named after them and was launched in September 2006, featuring labels designed by Mr Lordi and depicting either one of the individual members or one with the whole band.[19]

Members
Lordi's line-upsOriginal
(1996–1997) Mr. Lordi – vocals
Amen – lead guitar
G-Stealer – bass
(1997–1999) Mr. Lordi – vocals
Amen – lead guitar
G-Stealer – bass
Enary – keyboards
(1999–2000) Mr. Lordi – vocals
Amen – lead guitar
Magnum – bass
Enary – keyboards
(2000–2002) Mr. Lordi – vocals
Amen – lead guitar
Magnum – bass
Kita - drums, vocals
Enary – keyboards, vocals
(2002–2005) Mr. Lordi – vocals
Amen – lead guitar
Kalma – bass, vocals
Kita – drums, vocals
Enary – keyboards, vocals
(2005) Mr. Lordi – vocals
Amen – lead guitar
Kalma – bass, vocals
Kita – drums, vocals
Awa – keyboards, vocals
Current
(2005–) Mr. Lordi – vocals
Amen – guitar
OX – bass
Kita – drums, vocals
Awa – keyboards, vocals


Members of Lordi always wear masks at interviews and have stated their desire for their personal identities to remain private. The band has not confirmed or denied the accuracy of these names, however, they have been widely published in the media and on websites as follows: [20]

Current members
Mr. Lordi - Vocals (1996-present)
Amen - Lead guitar, backing vocals (1996-present)
Kita - Drums, backing vocals (2000-present)
OX - Bass, backing vocals (2005-present)
Awa - Keyboards, backing vocals (2005-present)

Former members
G-Stealer - Bass (1996-1999)
Magnum - Bass, backing vocals (1999–2002)
Kalma - Bass, backing vocals (2002–2005) (He has played two gigs with the band as a secondary guitarist and bassist since he left the band, one in Nosturi and one in London)
Enary - Keyboards, backing vocals (1997–2005)
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Vocal and Instrumental Style

Although Mr. Lordi is always credited with vocals, there are almost always backing vocals. Kita has never sung backing vocals live due to his mask, though he performs and arranges all the backing vocals and most of the voices in the prelude tracks (Scartic Circle Gathering, Threatical Trailer, SCG3 Special Report). On each song, there are five harmonising vocal tracks performed by Kita plus one track for Mr. Lordi's vocals. The other band members only perform the "shouts", for example in "Rock The Hell Outta You" and "Fire in the Hole". Udo Dirkschneider, who guested on the track "They Only Come Out at Night", alternates singing with Mr. Lordi while backing vocals continue as normal. Only in few songs such as "Hard Rock Hallelujah" , "Missing Miss Charlene" and "Hate At First Sight" Awa is singing along with Kita .

Lordi also often have a vocal break in their song to allow Amen to have a guitar riff, normally accompanied by Kita and the bassist (Magnum, Kalma, OX) keeping time softly. After this riff, Mr. Lordi will sing either a short verse (occasionally with a distorted voice) or launch directly into the song's end refrain (always the chorus). The guitar is most often the main instrument.

The keyboardist is most often used as an accompaniment in the band's songs. However, in some songs such as "Icon of Dominance", "Hellbender Turbulence", "Children of the Night", "Magistra Nocte", "It Snows in Hell", "Beast Loose in Paradise", "The Ghosts of the Heceta Head", "Evilyn" and "Rebirth of The Countess" it is the main instrument. "Hate At First Sight", a bonus track on European releases of Deadache features Awa's keyboard throughout and even features a keyboard solo, following Amen's guitar solo.

Kita always plays with a great deal of power, blending very well with the style favored by Amen. The drums are used as changing instruments, using a fast and heavy solo to transition from verse to verse, verse to chorus and chorus to verse. However some songs including "Mr. Killjoy", "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock", "Pet the Destroyer", "Kalmageddon" and "Forsaken Fashion Dolls" and Dingo cover "The House" use the drums as main instrument.

The bass is often used in conjunction with Kita's drumming. It is almost never the main instrument, only in a few songs like "Kalmageddon", "Pyromite", "Haunted Town", "Bite It Like a Bulldog" and Deadache bonus track "Where's The Dragon" but it is occasionally used with drums as changing instruments (see above).

Festivals & Tours

Download 2005

Lordi made their Download Festival debut performing 3rd on the Snickers Stage on the second day of Download 2005. Performing after Chris Jericho's Fozzy[21]

Download 2006

Lordi performed on the last on the third stage at Download 2006 to a rousing reception, hot on the back of their Eurovision Song contest victory earlier that summer.

Bamboozle '07

In May 2007, Lordi performed on both days of the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on the Saints and Sinners Stage. They were one of the few bands to use pyrotechnics.

Ozzfest 2007

Lordi played on the Main Stage at Ozzfest 2007. Mr. Lordi said, "It is a great honor for us to be on Ozzfest and obviously it's gonna be a great opportunity for us to show the people in the U.S. what we can do or what we think we can do." They have received mixed reaction while on tour, with audiences often going as far as booing them in certain cities and chanting other bands names during their performance. However, other shows were more successful and a 10 minute encore was played at one gig.

Later in the tour Lordi was forced to cancel some of their club shows booked during the Ozzfest 2007 tour. The official reasoning given by the band is that they did not want to downgrade the shows and put on their live act in a small club where their pyrotechnics could not be used. On August 8, before their Columbus show, the band's tour bus was hijacked outside a Red Roof Inn, but they were able to locate it before the show started.[22]

Type O Negative Tour

The band featured as the supporting act for Type O Negative for a tour in late 2007. The band has called it their "Halloween Tour". The tour started in New Haven, Connecticut on October 12, ending in Sayreville, NJ on October 31. It was Lordi's second US tour.

Rock2Wgtn 2008

Lordi played the Rock2Wgtn rock festival in Wellington, New Zealand. The two day festival held on the 22 and 23 March 2008; also featured Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Kiss, Poison and Alice Cooper and special effects by Peter Jackson's Academy Award winning WETA Workshop of Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame.

Wacken Open Air 2008

Lordi were the last band to play at Wacken Open Air in Germany (31 July - 2 August 2008). Udo Dirkschneider made a guest appearance for his vocal part in They only come Out at Night.

Deadache tour 2009

On 29 January, Lordi started their Deadache European tour. They started with Germany and the United Kingdom. During the tour some countries like Bulgaria and Hungary were added in the list. The setlists include Deadache songs ( all have been played live except for Ghosts of the Heceta Head ), songs which were hits such as "Devil Is A Loser" and some "rare shit" as Mr. Lordi says: "Monster Monster", "Wake The Snake", "Haunted Town" and "Night of the Loving Dead", the last one was never performed. Some rumors say that it was never performed because it is Mr. Lordi's favorite song. They start with "SCG IV" and "Girls Go Chopping". Before "Bite It Like A Bulldog", OX comes with a hunchback and greets the public. At the half of a concert, Lady Awa plays half of her keyboard solo "Rebirth of the Countess", giving the other members a few minute break. During her piano play, a Zombie with a girl dance on the stage, and when she finishes playing, she stabs them. Usually after Awa's solo "Deadache" is the next song to play . Kita fights with a samurai monster before "Monster Monster". Before "Wake The Snake", Amen comes dressed as a pharaoh and with a book where he signs his autograph and then throws the paper to the crowd. As usual, the concert ends with "Would You Love A Monsterman?" and "Hard Rock Hallelujah".

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Lordi performed "Bite It Like A Bulldog" on the NBC show Late Night With Conan O'Brien on November 6, 2008.

Discography

Studio AlbumsInd US Heart
2002 Get Heavy
1st Studio Album
Released: 27 January 2002
Labels: BMG Finland, Drakkar Records

2004 The Monsterican Dream
2nd Studio Album
Released: 1 June 2004
Labels: BMG Finland, Drakkar Records

2006 The Arockalypse
3rd Studio Album
Released: 10 March 2006
Labels: Sony BMG, Drakkar, The End

2008 Deadache
4th Studio Album
Released: 24 October 2008

Labels: Sony BMG, GUN, The End

Album Certifications and Sales

The Arockalypse
Finland: 3x Platinum 90,000+
Sweden: Gold 30,000+
Germany: Gold
Greece: Gold


The Arockalypse Special Edition (2006)
The Arockalypse CD with 3 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD with:
Hello Athens, Finnish documentary news coverage of Lordi's competition in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.
Live at the Market Square concert video.
Hard Rock Hallelujah; Would You Love a Monsterman? (2006); and Who's Your Daddy? music videos.


Zombilation Greatest Cuts (2009)
Zombilation Special Edition CD with DVD

Singles and EPsYear

2002 Would You Love a Monsterman?
2003 Devil is a Loser
2004 Blood Red Sandman The Monsterican Dream
My Heaven Is Your Hell
2006 Hard Rock Hallelujah The Arockalypse Who's Your Daddy? It Snows In Hell
2008 They Only Come Out at Night Beast Loose In Paradise Dark Floors Bite It Like A Bulldog Deadache
Deadache


Compilation Albums
The Monster Show (2005)
Zombilation - The Greatest Cuts (2009)

Music videos
"Would You Love a Monsterman?" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2002)
"Devil is a Loser" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2003)
"Blood Red Sandman" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2004)
"Hard Rock Hallelujah" (winning song of Eurovision 2006) (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
"Who's Your Daddy?" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
"Would You Love A Monsterman (2006) version" (Directed by Pete Riski)
"It Snows In Hell" (Directed by Pete Riski) (2006)
"Hard Rock Hallelujah" (At The Arctic Circle) Eurovision Edition (Directed by Antti Jokinen) (2007)
"Bite It Like A Bulldog" (Directed by Limppu Lindberg) (2008)

Eurovision live performances
"Bringing Back the Balls to Rock" (performance at qualifying for Eurovision Song Contest in Finland) (2006)
"Hard Rock Hallelujah" (performance at Eurovision Song Contest) (2006)[23]

DVDs
"Market Square Massacre"
"Bringing Back The Balls To Stockholm - The Opening Night"
"It Snows In Hell music video" (available from Finnish Posti outlets)

Other
"Napalm Market" (1993), first demo
"Bend Over And Pray The Lord!" (1999), unreleased first album

Cover songs
Midnight Mover, a live version released on the single They Only Come Out at Night (original by Accept)
He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask), performed in concerts (original by Alice Cooper[24])
The House, recorded for the album Melkein Vieraissa - Nimemme On Dingo, a tribute album to the Finnish band Dingo with songs performed by various Finnish artists. Also featured on the Finnish version of Deadache

Filmography

The Kin
Lauri Haukkamaa (Director)
Amanda Thurman as Anna Henderson
Bruce Marsland as Jonathan
Delia De Giovanni as Julie Henderson
Sirkka Runolinna as Anna's mother
Matti Ruuhonen as Birger Westling
Anna Kaarna as Possessed girl
Nick Lovelock as Marty

In 2004, Lordi co-wrote and starred in their own short film called "The Kin" which was released on a special edition of "The Monsterican Dream" (CD/DVD or DualDisc versions) as a way of expanding the band's image and theatricality. It was co-written and directed by Lauri Haukkamaa and Adam Vandor also had a hand in the script. It introduces the audience to members of the band and establishes the concept of superhuman monsters though at no time is any of the band's music played.

The plot of the film is hard to follow at best due to the disjointed manner in which it proceeds; the story is of a young female writer who loses her mother in a trainwreck while she is trying to get her book on non-human creatures published. After a series of problems arise, the monsters (the band) begin to kill people as well as bend time and space to ensure the publication of the book.

The film shares a lot of Lovecraftian concepts as well as style and pays homage to several B movies and horror films throughout its duration (as well as cameos from their music videos. It also shares the style of demons and doom). Only a limited number of DVDs were published and therefore the film's availability has been low. The Kin has also been released on the "Market Square Massacre DVD".

Dark Floors

Other releases

Comics by Mr. Lordi
"Monster Magazine"
"The Uninvited Guests"
"Jysäys!"
"Lordi 1: Alkuperä" ("The Origin")
"Lordi 2: Verenjano" ("Bloodthirst")
"Lordi 3: Verensininen" ("Blue Blood")

Books about Lordi
Sven Pahajoki: Lordi — hirviön tarina ("A Monster's Tale") - Unofficial
Jussi Alroth: Mie oon Lordi ("I am Lordi")
The Songs For The Rockoning Day — The Complete Lordi Song Book
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