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Interview with Lordi


Interview with Mr. Lordi by Lucy Hall

The Finnish theatrical Metal band Lordi was formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter, artist and costume designer, Mr. Lordi. In the same vein as Sorcery, Alice Cooper, KISS, GWAR, W.A.S.P and Twisted Sister; Lordi's melodic style of Heavy Metal fuses with horror-related elements, along with elaborate monster costumes worn by all band members, anthem-worthy songs, catchy lyrics, hard-rocking riffs and impressive theatrical stage performances, complete with monster style sets, and pyrotechnics which are Shock Rock staples. I had the pleasure of interviewing frontman Mr. Lordi himself to discuss his passion for Heavy Metal and horror; his early influences from shock rock pioneers, his creative process, how he has recruited monsters from across dimensions to join his band, and his latest album release and tour for Sexorcism.

Lordi - Band - Rocktopia Interview

What did you think life as a musician would be like when you first started out and how does that compare to what it is really like? Has your vision for the band's image and sound been executed as you hoped it would be?

Hmmm... well reflecting back on my career I would have to say it has been pretty much the same vision originally. When I started out under the name Lordi I initially didn't have the entire monster image in my mind. I developed this idea of monsters originally and all the theatrics myself. Then this concept became more of a one-man project for a few years. I would have to say it has become about ninety-nine percent of what I had initially envisioned. If I compared it to what the band has become today and what for example it was in 2002, or even in 1998. If I look at the original pictures, sketches, or notes, so reflecting back on these I would have to say it is pretty much in line and the same pattern. I'm the type of person who pretty much does what I want and I don't work well with compromise, especially if the one I have to compromise with is myself. I really don't allow a lot of compromise with my creativity, therefore I would like to say it has actually been about ninety-nine percent of the vision I initially havd, both musically and image-wise. Well, actually now that I think about it, musically it is a bit different because the first demos were a lot more industrial. When I first started doing Lordi demos in the early nineties I wasn't at that point in my career thinking about the concept as a band.

At this period in time it was just my own project. I needed to get the songs I was writing out of my system and I was a singer in another local band at this time for quite a few years. The problem was when the Metal scene started changing from Hair Metal to Speed Metal, then eventually to Grunge, my bandmates, especially the guitar player, refused to play my songs anymore. The songs that I was writing were still in the same vein as KOSS, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P and Alice Cooper, while my bandmates were going forward concerning popular music of the era and they wanted to play Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer. Then after a few years, they went on to play Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and all the Grunge Rock while I remained true to the musical styles of KISS, Motley Crue, and other theatric bands; so that was the reason I went on to do my own Lordi demos. Playing in a regional band was just a way to get the songs out of my system because I didn't have a band that would play them. The first demos, the songs are actually way more industrial sounding and they are more complex. The music was a weird combo of melodies like Desmond Child meets Pantera guitar riffs, meets complex structures, meets Nine Inch Nails kind of Industrial Tock.

So yeah, it was a bit different now than it was at that time. It wasn't until later on in the nineties ... '97/'98, maybe 99 when eventually Lordi retained the first manager who owned his own record label. He asked me, "Is there a song that you could write that would ever have the potential to be played on the radio. A song that would be three minutes long, really simple, not too complex, and not to weird or all over the place?" I said sure I can and that song that was written was 'Get Heavy'. That was actually the starting point musically for Lordi. This is what initially shaped the first six albums pretty much because it's the eighties meat and potato kind of stuff. This was prior to that outside input that little innocent remark of 'Could you please write a song that could even have a potential to become a single and get airplay.' I never even thought of it in this concept because I had initially thought all those songs before were very radio friendly in my ears but of course, now that I listen to them, I think they were way weirder even though the melodies were always present. Quite a few bits and pieces of songs on pretty much all Lordi albums, well actually let us say the first couple of albums, are songs that were a chorus, verse, riff or melody from old demos from the 90s. For example, the main riff on 'Who's Your Daddy?' is actually from the very first Lordi demo from '92.

Does that mean that you are an Industrial Music fan? I like a lot of industrial bands such as Prong, KMFD, and Ministry because of the heavier and tuned down guitars. Which are also are elements I love about Lordi, my favorite Lordi song being 'This Is Heavy Metal'.

In a way, yes. In those days I did enjoy Nine Inch Nails. I think the main thing for me concerning that band wasn't the entire Industrial element. I think it was more the simplicity of their sound. It wasn't the electronic sounds but it was more of their way of writing. For example, if you think about it, 'Head Like A Hole' is very simplistic. In my ears, that song fell into the same basket as most of the W.A.S.P songs or other 80s Metal songs when it came to being very simple songs. I mean 'Head Like A Hole' could be a Twisted Sister song and funnily enough Dee Snyder has already, of course, covered the song. So I wouldn't actually say I was an Industrial Metal fan but I do enjoy the certain style of songwriting, keeping the lyrics and melody very simple; that was appealing to me. Concerning melody, there had been some Industrial music in the early nineties that was the key factors for me and I got drawn into. At the same time, my favorite bands were pretty much doing the same music they had always been doing so Industrial was something a little different that influenced me. Some of the new bands at that time were way too complex in a way, but not in a way that they were lacking melody and that has always been my main problem with new bands. I mean, for example, I can hear a great musicianship, a great production of an album or I can hear awesome arrangements; individual musicians who are like virtuosos of their instruments but if the vocals don't have good melodies I am not convinced. Musically the main attraction for me is vocal melodies. No matter what the genre of music, it can be Pop, Rock, or Metal; so for me the vocal melody is number one always.

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What was the music scene like growing up in Finland? Has the Rock star lifestyle been all sex, drugs and Rock n' Roll there?

Growing up the first band I majorly got into was KISS and they continue to be my favorite band today. I initially I heard 'Creatures of the Night' in 1982. It was a year or so before I ever saw what the band actually looked like and by that time they had already taken off the make-up. I didn't even know that they had makeup and I was a hundred percent fan of the music I heard. Later on, seeing their image just resulted in me becoming an even bigger fan. I soon got into bands like Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P, Accept and King Diamond. I would say that my musical childhood and influences were pretty much the same as everywhere else in the world, at least in Scandinavia and Europe. Actually, I have relatives in the States so I know they had the same musical experiences growing up. Well, I guess that would depend on the age of course. I'm 44, and when I was around eight years old I was at the right target age for that stuff back then. The music in Finland back then that somehow broke through the barriers and glass roof of getting out of Finland and becoming successful outside the country was Hanoi Rocks. Growing up everyone knew the band and that they were from Finland. However, I was not convinced by them and was not a fan at all. The guys in the group looked cool but the music was way to hippy poppy, sloppy for me back then. However, now I can hear Hanoi Rocks and I'm like I have absolutely no problem with that; but my ten-year-old self-was like, "Nah, this is for pussies."

What is your creative process? From what dark place do you draw your inspiration and is it hard to retrieve yourself from those dark places you go to write and create?

No, it's not hard because I'm there the whole time! Actually, it's not a dark place at all. Let me put it this way, my creative factory is operating 24/7. The machine is working all the time and I'm writing music continuously in my head. For example, I already know exactly what kind of an album will be next. I have tons of ideas, riffs, and melodies; that is just how I roll. I do not take breaks because I literally cannot. That's the way I've always been it is very natural, and not pushed at all. I whistle and hum all the time and there are all kinds of melodies in my head always. Sometimes I record them on my phone. Writing music is easy because I have way to much stuff coming up from the radio that plays in my head and it plays all the time. It's a 24/7 station that plays all kinds of songs and I just have to pick up some of the stuff I hear on it. Stuff I hope is not already someone else's material [laughs].

This is something that occurs a lot; I will be writing a song and I realise, "Oh, Fuck! This is Alice Cooper's 'Hey Stoopid'. I will be writing a song thinking this sounds perfect ...hmm sounds like something I've heard many times before then I'm like whoa, wait for a second! Oh, Fuck! This is 'Shout at the Devil'. Concerning lyrical content and our band's image with the costumes, masks, album cover art, that's a bit more complicated. It's actually more like work because I have to think about it a little more. My influences for the band's image have been, surprise, surprise, horror films. I watch a lot of movies and I'm just a total movie freak. For example, the films The Conjuring and Annabelle were the main influences for the theme of our latest album, 'Sexorcism'.

You kind of answered one of my later questions themes of the album.

Right, well most of my influences come from horror movies. I tend to discover new elements from horror films when I re-watch them. The Conjuring films, for example, I watch those over and over and discover new things I didn't notice during the previous viewings. These things inspire me and I am grateful when this happens and I wish it would happen more often. The Exorcist franchise has been a major inspiration on me creatively and especially for our latest album. However, for some reason, although I have been a long-time fan of the films, it never occurred to me before that I could use them as a platform for an album concept. So, I basically took my version of the films and combined that work into the Lordi world for the album by adding in the mix sex which was developed into 'Sexorcism'. Well, actually every time I made an album sex is in there as part of a celebration of Heavy Metal.

Actually, you know what is funny? I am so simple-minded because basically there are only two or three things that interest me and that's horror, sex and Rock n' Roll. Those three things are pretty much the only things I write about, with some exceptions to the rule. However, it's pretty much just a combo of those three elements. Then again, if you take the horror out the equation you get Rock and sex, then you have KISS. Then if you take out sex and put in just Rock you get seventy-five percent and then add twenty-five percent horror, then you have Twisted Sister. Thus, you can see how obvious my influences are and how I roll because if you add eighty percent horror, nineteen percent rock and one percent of sex you will have Alice Cooper lyrics.

You are a horror movie fanatic and I am also a horror movie fan. With that said, what is your favorite horror movie?

My favorite horror film is Evil Dead 2. This is why Sam Raimi was once my favorite horror director. I only wish he would have continued to make horror films because I really love his style. I have always been really drawn to the 1970's and 1980's horror film icons such as Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and the Hellraiser Cenobites. I love zombies and I'm such a big nerd when it comes to Walking Dead.

Well considering you are such a big Raimi fan, what did you think about the Ash vs. Evil Dead series?

Oh, yes! I loved it!

I totally enjoyed the series and I am also a Raimi fan.

You know it's not often fans of genre films or franchises can be satisfied with remakes. It doesn't happen often that something which is so legendary, such as Evil Dead for example, after all these decades they actually get the original masterminds and the actors. Then they create something that actually lives up to the fucking legacy which they had left off. That is exactly what happened with the Ash Vs. Evil Dead series. It is exactly what fans hoped for and not one bit disappointing because it is what it promises to be. This is something that many other filmmakers should learn from, understand and follow suit. If you have created something so worthy of a cult following, you have all these adoring fans, then be loyal to your work to continue that legacy. This is exactly what the series has accomplished.

Lordi - Ox - Rocktopia Interview

For me, being a major Lucy Lawless and Bruce Campbell fan, and having the two star in the series together was a treat.

You know, actually, I didn't even realise initially that the actress in the series was Lucy Lawless. This was because, to say it nicely, she got a little older.

Well, it was confusing because Lucy Lawless didn't have her signature Xena raven hairstyle.

One of my dreams would be that someday, somehow, I would actually have the balls to seek out the contact for Bruce Campbell. I would love to get him to do a few lines on a Lordi album, like for example have him say "Groovy" or something of that sort.

Oh, Wow! That would be so great!

That would be fucking awesome! It would also be cool to get Robert England to quote some Freddy Kruger on an album also.

I am a cosplay enthusiast, so, of course, your costumes are part of the attraction to me. Who designs and inspires your characters?

Well, I am doing all the costumes and masks myself. I have always been a fan of monsters. As a kid, maybe seven or eight years of age, I started doing makeup and experimenting with my mother's eyeliner. When it comes to the monster makeup I am very possessive. There is like literally not a single person I would assign the Lordi masks or costumes designs to other than myself. However, of course, in the past three years I have had a few helping hands. Lordi does have a great prop master in our crew. A girl named Jessica, who is an awesome sculptor and painter who has awesome ideas. Jessica is actually the first who has been able to get to the sacred area where I plan out what to do with the masks and costumes. Therefore she is actually the only artist I am allowing to do some sculpting and things for me and that's because she is super good.

Concerning your love of monsters, had you ever been a fan of the monster maker Ray Harryhausen?

Not really a fan of Harryhausen. I will tell you how my love of monsters came about. It began on New Year's Eve in either '79, '80, or maybe '81, when the original King Kong aired. Then following that film the next day one of Bella Lugosi's Dracula movies aired. These were the starting points for me; although they were black and white features I saw the creatures and was like whoa! This is awesome! I wondered, at that young age, who are those cool dudes and what is that big ape? During this stage of life, I was also a huge Muppet Show fan and I continue to be today. Growing up it was the combination of seeing monsters, finding old horror comics and books that created a sort of awakening to horror for me. The first actual horror film I saw that left an impact on my art was Alien. This was around probably 1983, and I was in third grade because I can see from my early drawings at that time. I was already drawing all kinds of monsters, zombies, dead people and decapitations.

Since you are such a great Muppets fan, which is your favorite episode? The one starring Alice Cooper or Vincent Price?

Hmm, very good question and I would have to say neither because my favorite was the Star Wars episode. I am such a huge Star Wars geek. You know one of my favorite past times is to watch the Muppet Show at least six times a year. At least every two months I watch an episode or two and I always carry the DVDs on tour. I always have them with me and well you know I have to have my Muppets right?

Lordi - Animal

Exactly! Inspiration right?

Yeah, some very cool nostalgia moments and you get to be a little child again. You know another thing I love about that show is the craftsmanship. How the puppets move and work amazes me. I love the shows humor and the great characters.

Who is your favorite Muppet Character?

Animal of course!

Well, Animal is mine too because he is the wild crazy drummer.

Right! Animal was my number one but I also liked the Swedish Chef. I was never a big fan of Kermit, which is funny because of course he's the dude, the main character but with Kermit, I was like, well nah!

Actually, I can totally relate. I am never inclined to favor the main characters. The sidekicks or villains are often the ones I tend to favor.

Right! As a kid, everyone was a Star Wars fan and they all wanted to be, of course, Luke. When I would go outside to play and everyone wanted to choose Luke or Solo for themselves, I would be like what the fuck is wrong with you? Are you fucking pussies? My favorite character had always been Chewbacca. I always wanted to be Chewy, that big hairy, simple-minded creature. The only fault I had with Chewy was that he was not on the dark side. I always thought he should have been Darth Vaders' sidekick solely based on his looks. However, later on, I learned to appreciate Chewy's character for who he was and I adore his entire goofiness. But I remember as a kid being like nah, he is on the wrong side, he should be on the cooler side, which of course was the dark side.

Like many Shock Rock legends in music, Lordi is transcendent. How did you choose characters to be assigned to each member? Are the band member's identities so secretive due to the members being interchangeable with the characters?

One thing is for sure, there have been some occasions when the dilemma arises that a decision should be made on whether characters and musicians should be interchanged. I will give you an example ─ next week we are shooting a German television show and our keyboard player, Hella, can't be there. She has another engagement and will actually not even be on the same continent as the rest of the band. So, the obvious question that always rises my hair and makes me growl is can someone else just put on the costume and play the character. I'm like no! No! No fucking way! First off it's impossible because the mask and costumes are done for each person portraying the character. I mean it is physically impossible to put on. For example, Amen's mask because it is fitted for his face. It's not some pull on rubber mask, it is actually airtight and molded for that member's face.

The process of choosing characters begins with the individual member. That member is expected to come up with a character along with my help. I always ask, and I'm hoping I don't have to ask this again because there are so many changes in this band in such a relatively short history already. I also have high hopes that this line up is the final one and we don't have to change members anymore. But alas sometimes shit happens with people and they decide to quit the band for whatever reason. You know life is shitty like that and you can't really predict that when it comes to members and the characters. It is like we never know if this guy or girl is going to be in the band or work out. I initially ask a new member what is your favorite monster or horror character? What kind of monster would you like to be? I remember initially asking our drummer Manna, when he joined the group, what kind of character would you like to be. He said you cannot make me a raging werewolf because that's not who I am at all.

This sums up or describes the situation every time there has been a new band member who becomes a new character in the Lordi world. My philosophy is you must already have that character inside you because the masks and costumes are just like an extension of your own persona. In a way, I know it sounds cliché because Gene Simmons has been living this for forty years; that the KISS characters are just extensions of their actual personas. Whenever there has been someone in the band that wasn't completely comfortable in their mask or costume it becomes apparent to everyone around them that this person is not into his own character. That is where things start to go wrong. You should be your character's number one fan because if you are looking around at the other members thinking, ahh fuck, I wish I were Amen or thinking I wish I looked like Ox, then there is something wrong. I mean you should look in the mirror and think I'm the coolest looking monster in the band. This is how it should be in every single character in the history of the band. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. For example, Kita, our first drummer is not a horror fan at all. He doesn't like horror movies at all but he chooses the band to join. It never was a problem for him to portray a character for a monster themed band but in some ways, his lack of understanding the scene was like someone was pulling the break when you are trying to push the accelerator and then there is a crash. When you don't share a common language with someone and that person doesn't understand what you are talking about when it comes to horror themes and image when horror is the band's premise and primary focus and you have a member who could care less about it then some complications occur.

It has not been easy sometimes and the same thing occurred with Awa to a certain degree; she was not a big fan of horror movies. Of course, this preference didn't affect her playing or musicianship at all. It doesn't interfere with the studio work or writing, playing or chemistry, but when it comes to playing your role as a character and what would be cool on stage then that is an issue. If you don't know how to act like a monster or you don't feel how the monster should act it is quite difficult, quite impossible and it just doesn't add up. You should know how to carry your character appropriately in order to have a stage presence, and you should appreciate the character for what it is. If you haven't ever imagined yourself or fantasised about being a monster as a kid in front of the mirror, then it's pretty hard to do so as an adult being thrown into that world and told to act like a monster.

Hella's character appears to be sexier than the Ghost Witch character. Was that something that Hella added to her character or did you come up with that idea?

Actually, she came up with it. She is a different type of person. I mean Hella is very sexy, not modest in the least. She is very open and proud of her body and she is very flirty with the guys. I am very happy that this comes from inside her. When Hella joined the band she already knew the band well. She had already had the idea for her own character, which is quite funny. When I asked what kind of character she wanted to be and she said a doll it was just unbelievable. Prior to meeting with her, I told a friend of mine that Awa was going to leave the band and that it would be awesome if the next keyboard player would be a doll. As soon as I was speaking with Hella and she said she would like to be a doll, I was like okay, this is the universe speaking to me right now because this was a match made in heaven. So yeah, she is very sexy in real life so that is how the entire sexy doll character began. It's funny because I think this is Hella's third costume and mask, or is the fourth already. I think it's the third, no let me think ... it's the 4th because the first one was a blonde schoolgirl type costume. Then she had a kind of like a Barbie doll costume, then a black cat-suit, and now it's a sexy lingerie corset outfit. She gets sexier all the time and the funny thing is she says to me, how about if Hella would be naked? I said well, I love how your mind works and I'm giving you two big thumbs up for that. However, let's not forget that we still have to be able to get photos printed in magazines and have to actually be able to show our Rock videos. Therefore we cannot be X-rated, although I do love how you think. She responded with yeah but you know, it's like a Barbie doll that's without clothes that have been abandoned and lost outside for years. When children throw them out and abandon them and they don't have any clothes on those Barbies. I say to her I know that most people are aware of that, however, if you put on the Hella mask and come out on stage with your pussy hanging out, it's not going to be the same message or idea. It will definitely create some ideas but not the one you would like to portray, which is that of a naked Barbie doll.

Lordi - Hella - Rocktopia Interview

Hella definitely sounds like my kind of girl!

Yep, it was all definitely all Hella's idea. I have to say that Hella and Amen are two members who have the most common ideas when it comes to characters. They have a good sense of how they should look and what kind of change would be made for the next costume and mask. We are definitely speaking the same language. It's really cool with Hella because she is always very excited when we start designing a new costume. She contributes a lot of input and thought. She has lots of ideas which is awesome because it's not that the others wouldn't care it's just that they aren't necessarily as creative in that field of life. They are not thinking about it or about their character as deeply and especially in terms of thinking of their characters as visually as Hella does and that is a huge help when it comes to deciding on the new costumes and masks. This is because Hella has tons of great idea every time.

I really love the concept of Hella looking like the Living Dead Dolls.

Yea exactly. You know though, the shitty thing about the Living Dead Dolls is that they are so small. They are designed to look like little girls. However, Hella is, of course, a woman.

Yes! She is definitely all woman!

I can reveal to you something ─ there is another option for the Hella costume. We had been thinking on which look would better suit the new 'Sexorcism' album. We knew the album was initially going to be about sex and also about exorcism. Therefore, we considered Hella's costume to be like Samara from The Ring movies. This would have consisted of Hella wearing a nightgown, with a look of the little-drowned girl. She would have looked something like a very pale or white Japanese or oriental porcelain doll. The kind of porcelain doll that looks fragile and easily broken, like Annabelle for example. Instead, we decided to stick with the Lordi look of the sexy creepy Barbie who is wickedly smiling. However, the white fragile eastern porcelain doll concept is definitely an idea that Lordi will revisit in the future.

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Personally, I think there should be Lordi action figures on the market.

Well you and me both! There were Lordi action figures in the works. Argh, it is fucking unbelievable so many bands have action figures. I'm not saying my fucking band is the number one band that should have action figures but yeah, we should have action figures. We should have had them now for the last fifteen years. Since about 2002, like going on sixteen years now there have been three separate occasions where a deal has been offered and signed for figures. But, alas, shits always seems to happen. There have been three fucking times that the figures were already in the making but all those times the company who was doing the deal would go bankrupt, every single time this has happened. Recently, maybe a month and a half ago, we had a discussion about doing this project an easier way. Instead of action figures, the idea of doing statues instead was conceived. They wouldn't be action figures per say but would be figures of us. This is something that is in the works and talks. Actually, the same thing happened concerning rubber masks. We had a fucking company in 2007 who had manufactured the Slipknot masks and the next line of masks was set to be produced was Lordi masks. Sculpts were made and prototypes produced. They were approved and everything was ready to go. Unfortunately, once again, three months later the fucking company went bankrupt. It's like oh fuck no, not again!

Well, that is just awful and unfortunate. Fans and the band deserve to have action figures to collect.

There is definitely something bad going on with Lordi. It's as if we are cursed or have a bad aura. I must have done some terrible things in my past life because when it comes to action figures or masks it's a disaster when it should be no-brainers. If any band should have this type of merchandise it should be a theatrical band like Lordi. Every single fucking time it backfires from somewhere! Everything will be falling into place. The paperwork for the contracts will be signed. Everything will be good to go, all lights are green everywhere, the factories are ready, everything is ready and then something will go wrong. After such a struggle it's like after a while you just give up. You get really skeptical and pessimistic about it because whenever you get a new offer and a company approaches you think yeah right, we have heard this a few times and it's not going to happen. I hate to sound so negative about it but it's like for some reason or another this never seems to become reality. It has never been up to me or the band, nor our management. It is never up to anybody behind us, we are always like yeah sure let's fucking do it. Finally, let's do it and every single time it backfires from somewhere. You just can't see beforehand when it happens.

Well, that really fucking sucks! The band and your fans do not deserve that!

Well, this is how it plays out for us, everything is ready to be produced and we will get a call or email saying, oh I don't know how to tell you this but it's not going to happen. I'm like oh fuck! So, if there is anyone reading this that works in toy manufacturing, please contact our management!

Lordi - Amen - Rocktopia Interview

Is there anyone in the studio who pushes you to do a song or is everything written by you?

I would say about ninety-five percent of the material is written by me. I write a lot of stuff. I always write more than what will be on the album track-list. There are approximately ten songs on the album and I'm not exaggerating, there will be at least twenty, thirty or even sixty songs that I demo. So you can imagine if there is one song on the album that means that there are at least two to six songs that were left out for each album. So there is like a huge fucking vault of unreleased Lordi songs that I have demoed. However, this is a very positive problem but still, it is a problem because every time we have so many songs to choose from for each album it becomes a nightmare of how do you rate these songs. How do you choose just ten or thirteen of them out of literally twenty to sixty tracks? The songs I demo pretty much stays the same as they are recorded in the studio. The lyrics in most cases are completely different. I always write what I call demo lyrics. Which don't make sense or are just to fucking point out the melody because I'm not one of those kinds of guys who just do demos like spending hours playing guitars and coming up with bass lines or keyboards. So the lyrics usually change for the album; not every time but at least I'd say ten songs are completely different lyrics on the demo than they are on the album. Once we get into the studio the songs do tend to change a little bit depending on the song of course.

All the band members write too, so for this album I wrote thirty-five complete songs which I only had time to demo twenty-two of, and then Hella came up with one riff and Amen came up with five different riffs, and two of those riffs made it to the album. I think Ox came up with maybe six riffs and I think two went on the album. Then Mana wrote three riffs and one made it to the album. So it's that simple mathematics because the others are not even writing full songs. They are writing riffs and I combine those songs into my own or use them as a starting point. A good example of a starting point is when someone else writes something and I use it as a platform for an opening track. Such as, for example, on the previous album 'Monstereophonic', the track 'Let's Go Slaughter He-Man (I Wanna Be the Beast-Man in the Masters of the Universe)', Hella created the main keyboard riff. She wrote the riff and everything else in the song is written by me. But the starting point was when I heard that riff and I built the whole song around it.

So we collaborate in writing sessions. I will sit in a session with Amen and Manna and come up with some good material. On the previous album, there is 'Mary Is Dead' which we three started jamming, but mainly the songs are written by one and they remain loyal to the form. The tracks are already on demos when we go into the studio and it's funny, sometimes I tell Manna ─ because he is a great fucking drummer ─ "Dude, you don't have to lay down what I have done with the computer. You don't have to play exactly as I did them." I tell him don't, please come up with your own beats because I know you play what you feel. His drumming is always way better than what I had produced using the computer. He will say okay, I'm sorry, I thought this has to be this way. Then I will be like, no, no, do whatever you want to do. When Manna does his own work it's awesome and way better than anything my stupid brain could come up with using a computer.

Concerning hooking up, when you are out has a date ever asked you to wear your costume?

No, not really because it doesn't really work like that. Nope, I know what you mean. If you are asking if "Mr. Lodi" has had sex, then the answer is yes, yes he has, but I can tell you for him it is pretty fucking difficult; lf you can imagine having sex while wearing a suit weighing about twenty-three kilos. I don't know what it is in the United States, what the weight system there is but I know that twenty-three kilos are very heavy. It's like if you could imagine if you were wearing a full-size body condom that doesn't breathe. It's rubber so you have the smell bad factor because you are sweating like a pig. Even before you begin your funky business, it's very difficult and there is a lot of rubber so you don't need a condom. I mean a lot of big rubber, you know, in the pubic area that you have to get rid of and cast away somehow, plus you are wearing these huge platform boots and gloves; all that shit is pretty fucking difficult to maneuver. I have been there and I'm telling you it is not easy. Concerning licking and Mr. Lordi, well that can be done pretty easily; the licking stuff is alright. Unless you are the one that is licking Mr. Lordi because I tell you, it's very, very dirty down there. It's all covered in grease paint, latex, sweat and shit. Yeah, Mr. Lordi doesn't have the area too clean and tidy. It's actually looking really bad ─ it looks like a fucking crotch of some hobo or something nasty.

So, in other words, it looks like something from a horror movie in itself?

Oh yeah!

In the seventies, KISS keep their identities secret and remained unmasked, and Lordi has also maintained an unmasked persona. In addition, Lordi did a cover of the KISS song, 'Almost Human'. With that said, how much of an influence has KISS been on your career? If not KISS, which artists have inspired the direction you decided to take in your career?

Well, without KISS there would not be Lordi and I would not be sitting here talking to you right now, for sure. Without Gene Simmons I could say the same thing. Like I mentioned before the first music I heard growing up that really got my attention was KISS, then afterward I discovered their image. So that band is and has remained my primary influence. I suppose one could say I was made for loving that band! Haha!

[laughs] That's awesome!

It would be really stupid of me to deny my idols, which are of course KISS, and the magnitude of their influence on me. I mean I always wanted to be Gene Simmons. That's what I wanted to be, so actually in a way Mr. Lordi is my own version of Gene. I wouldn't have the big shoulder pads, platform boots, the costume and theatrics if it weren't for Gene. I mean now-a-days no one is wearing platforms other than KISS and Lordi. We have what you would call the 'authority boots'. I'm a normal height guy but whenever I put on those fucking Lordi boots I am like two heads taller than anyone else in the room. I become huge in my platforms and I bring some mother-fucking authority to the room. I can tell you that and you can see also that the whole black and silver colour scheme is totally intentional. Even though it is intentional and it's not something I'm doing consciously because I'm not thinking about it, but I can see already from the first photo shoots that I am doing the so-called Gene Simmons impersonations on stage. It's something I use to do as a kid in front of the mirror; I would put on a KISS album and pretend to be Gene and I would do the same face impressions which I would mimic from my poster on my bedroom wall. I was doing it in the beginning and I am still doing this today. I owe so much to KISS and Gene. They have influenced Lordi but mainly the entire image, the visual aspect comes from there. Lordi is a combo of horror and KISS; these were the starting points of Lordi. It's obvious and it's really not a big secret. Of course, I had other influences ─ Alice Cooper for sure, Twisted Sister absolutely and all these bands pretty much played a big part in Lordi's image and music.

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I am a huge fan and collector of Rock horror films. Your band starred as Heavy Metal monsters in the 2008 movie Dark Floors. Did you enjoy acting and any highlights to share about the filming?

A couple of years back I had already had some talks with some producers that I would personally like to direct a horror movie. Actually, my civil profession is a film director; I graduated from film school in 1994. It's what I should actually be doing, even though I don't, so yeah, that I would love to do. There is one thing on my bucket list that I must complete before I go to my grave and that is to do a full-length feature horror film that would be one that will kick everybody else's ass.

Well, you would definitely give Rob Zombie some major competition.

I wish! I mean I love his movies, especially his Halloween remake. I think that film is his best. I am a huge fan of his band White Zombie, Rob is awesome. I love his music, his movies and all his works. There is only one thing I don't like and that's his extreme visual imagery in some of his films. Those films could be categorised into the 'art deco' genre. They become more akin to art films than horror. I enjoy getting sucked into a horror film. When I see a horror film, I want to be sucked into and feel as if I am part of that world on the screen. If the surreal visual elements overwhelm the film, say with camera work, lighting, or whatever, then it will work against the viewing experience for me. It takes me out of the film world and transports me back to either the theater seat or back to my sofa. I'm not able to stay in the movie world if there is something strange happening and it starts to look like more of a music video. I know there are a lot of people who fucking love that out there, however, for me it just doesn't work. This is the reason that Halloween is my favorite of his films. It contains the right amount of craziness but not too much, which does not alienate the viewer. Well, I know it doesn't alienate all the viewers but it does for me. What I would do differently would be to make a film that is very gory and super-duper politically incorrect. Something that would really shock people and people would be like, 'Oh my God, this is a sick fucking mind that comes up with this stuff!'

Considering you are a big fan of gore in horror films, are you a fan of the Italian gore master Lucio Fulci?

I'm not a fan because the production value in those films was, with all due respect to those makers, they are fucking legends, but the production value is so bad and low. There is too much camp in those films, they are not believable and the idea of it is way more brutal than it ends up being in the actual execution of the film. I know these horror masters did very well, of course, but they are signs of their time and times were different then. So therefore I'm not a big fan. I can enjoy them for what they are but I don't go woo hoo!

So, for example, like in the Fulci film City of the Living Dead there is a scene in which a female character regurgitates her own intestines; you like the idea of that because it is sick but the actual execution of that scene, the special effects were not good?

Yeah, I love all that stuff but what I'm thinking I would do, well I would definitely go more gore and splatter. However, I wouldn't do the impossible gore, I would want to do very disturbing images such as boiling kittens. I mean not actual real kittens but I would start a film in that manner, with an opening scene of fucking boiling baby kittens, just put them in a pot and boil them alive.

You would just boil the shit out of the little kittens?

So yeah,

I would go that direction or maybe do a scene in which someone would be holding up an infant and you would see it being cut up and eaten. I would mainly go with the shocking idea behind it and would like to do gore that would be physically possible. I would create scenes that could be real and would be shown as brutally realistic.

In that case, I suppose that a scene involving throwing up one's own intestines would be illogical?

Well, I wouldn't be opposed to a scene of someone forcing his or her hand up a person's ass and then pulling out the fucking intestines. This, I believe, could be physically accomplished or at least to some extent.

Lordi has had a Cola named after the band. How do you feel about that, was it a big deal for you or would you have preferred to have had a whiskey named after your band? What is your drink of choice, is it the blood of sacrificial goats like your fans would like to believe?

Well yeah, Mr. Lordi should say it's the blood of the virgins or whatever. However, my answer is I have two favorite drinks of choice: Dr. Pepper, especially Cherry Dr. Pepper, and Pepsi Max. I'm not sure if you have Pepsi Max in the United States.

I am pretty positive that we do have Pepsi Max.

Some States may have it but surprisingly not all do. I find it difficult to locate in some places when we have been on tour in the states. It's funny that it came out in the early nineties in Europe but didn't come out with it in the States, which is where it is fucking made, fucking Pepsi was born there. It was tried out here in Europe for ten years before it launched there. So there you have it, Pepsi Max is my coffee, my water, that's my liquid and I drink like three liters of it per day. I have ruined my fucking teeth with that shit; I am so addicted to that fucking black death and if I don't have the Max every day then I end up getting a huge fucking headache; I could live solely on Pepsi Max and Cigarettes. So, if I don't get my smokes and I don't have my Max then I go crazy. I get a huge headache and I get a little annoyed, to put it mildly.

What can you tell us about the band's ninth album, 'Sexorcism', released May of this year and what fans can expect?

Well, it's a Lordi album for sure. I knew there would be a lot of fans who were wishing or, actually depending on the fan, were afraid we were going to go in the direction which we had on the previous album. Well, maybe the second half of the previous album, the 'Demonarchy', which is a little more modern, and more complex. We wanted to do a Lordi album that had the signature Lordi sound, which would be bringing back the big hooky choruses we had on the first three albums. That's not to say that I hadn't tried to do this every single time because that's what I do and I think the chorus of a song is the heart of it. I mean you could have a great song but if you got a shitty chorus then the song is just a great song but it's not going to be super-duper awesome. It won't be classic so for me, the chorus has always been the heart, the brain and the main part of a song. It's funny because our bass player Ox thinks that the riff is the main element of a song; Ox doesn't care what happens in the chorus but if the riff is good than he is sold. We wanted to make a simple Rock or classic Heavy Rock album when we did 'Sexorcism'.

You know, it's really hard with genres because you don't know what genre you are anymore. If you were living in 1984, then Lordi would be a Metal band, but now a day with all these Metal music subgenres and the varying bands around, I think Lordi might even be categorised as a Classic Rock I guess, or heavy Classic 80s Metal or something. With the new album I knew I wanted to remain a little more KISS influenced, I wanted to get a bit more Gene Simmons with my lyrics. I didn't want to be so cryptic with what I'm trying to say, so I will quote the great Gene Simmons, "I want to put my log in your fireplace, ooh, baby, baby you are going to get laid." That's exactly what I wanted to say, so it's not hidden or cryptic. The funny thing is that some people thought oh no, Lordi is turning into Steel Panther now and it's becoming a fucking parody. Why are they doing this sex thing now? Why is this so porn? What is this? This is stupid! I think they should stick with horror because this is stupid that they are singing about sex. So when fans respond with this, I'm like whoa! Our first single was 'Would You Love a Monster Man?' which was not a romantic song at all. The lyrics say 'I would do it all for you, would you do it all for me?', that doesn't mean in a romantic way but it actually means are you letting me fuck you in every hole, so whatever I want to do to you that would be alright. So that is the actual message of that song, which apparently many of our fans thought it meant something more on the romantic side.

You know in Rock & Roll you have to throw some sex in the mix?

Yeah! Alright, getting back to the actual answer the only difference I would say to the normal Lordi formula, if you will, is that the lyrics are a little bit more straightforward concerning sex. Again the album is called 'Sexorcism'. I knew that the album would be titled Sexorcism and I had already had the concept in my mind prior to beginning to write songs. I already had a vision of the world this album was going to take place in so yeah, it's another Lordi album, I'm very proud of it, but then again I'm always very proud of all the albums we do.

What I find to be funny is that bands will say this is our best album so far. When this is how you should feel about every album because no artist should ever let out of the studio an album until they are convinced that this is their best work. I mean what's the point if you leave the studio and you are like hmmm, well we tried our best but this is definitely not as good as our previous ones. If that's the case then you should get your ass back in the studio then. It has been more than a year that I had written the songs for this album. When people hear the new music from any band, it's funny that for that band the music is already old to them. It's already been played through, rehearsed millions of times, thought over and rearranged. The music has been in your mind and you have been thinking about those songs in your head for months. So when the album is finally released it is already old to the artists and new for the listeners. It's a weird paradox in a way because my mind is already on the tenth album.

I'm already there and working on the tenth album. The tour for 'Sexorcism' hasn't even started out and I'm already thinking about the tenth album. That's just the way I roll and I always find it quite strange in a way when bands have long pauses between album releases. When they have years and years between the albums and I'm thinking what are they doing? Then in interviews these bands will state they need some time off or whatever. Well for me, it is like I breathe these things, I mean I cannot help the songs are coming out of me. If this band wouldn't tour and wouldn't have masks, and costumes, we could easily come up with three albums per year, no problem. I mean there is so much material we have ─ not to say that everything would be good but there is a lot of it.

Oh, I'm sure anything you produce would be good because you are very passionate about your work, although not all musicians are the same way.

Well, thank you but that still doesn't say that it's all good. I can tell you there are some demos that when I was writing the songs at the time, they were the best songs I have ever written. When I'm playing my guitar and keyboard and I'm coming up with a new riff, chorus, melody or song I am convinced that it is the best I have ever written. That is the feeling I always try to have and must have to try to continue. I have to be really super-duper excited about every song I write but in retrospect, if I go back and listen to the demos, which are in the hundreds; actually they aren't really songs so I can see why they were not chosen for the album. I can tell you there are some pretty crappy songs but it's funny to think and realise that I actually thought that although these were crappy songs, they were the best fucking songs ever at that time I was writing them. That is just the way my mind works.

You are what I call a creative genius.

I am creative yes...genius not so much. You could say that I'm a creative moron.

Well, in my opinion, you are definitely a creative genius.

Heh, well you don't know me well enough to say that, but that's you. If you knew me well enough, you would probably go more towards the moron side rather than genius. [Laughs]

You shot a music video for your 'Naked In The Cellar' track recently. What was that experience like and are there any fun experiences from the set you would like to share?

This was an interesting video shoot because I tell you, everybody knows what the video budget had been in the past. So let's say in less than ten years, say five or six, the budget has gone down ... you have taken out zeros at the end of the sums and it's crazy. I mean I remember the first videos from the first albums they cost something like forty thousand Euros to fucking half a million Euros. Now-a-days the budget is nowhere near even ten thousand. You know it's crazy because of the internet, which was killing all the television channels that actually pay to show music videos. There are no more budgets to do videos in the way that you would like to because the only bands that can afford to do music videos that look like feature films and shit are the bands who are swimming in money. They are the bands who can put forth their own money because there is no label in the world that would put forth money for something that will not bring the money back. So our new video was something that was really cool yet a weird experience at the same time because it was like a flashback to ten or twelve years ago. We shot this video at a theater in Russia and you would not think that you would go somewhere like Russia to do a video. It came about because my good friend was involved in the music Theatre Company in Russia in St. Petersburg.

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In Russia they have a really high professionalism in the film industry but at the same time, their salary for filming is much lower. Therefore if you shot a video in Russia you get the production value of something that you get would get in Europe around ten years ago. This is obviously how the world works. I would have never imagined that we would be going to Russia to shoot a video but then again it worked out well. Even though there was a language barrier which was really difficult. Who would have ever thought all these professional people didn't speak English and we didn't speak Russian. We had only the producer and his assistant who spoke English, so they had to be there in every single shot to translate. They had to translate what the director wants us to do and it ended up being a long shoot because of that, and at times was frustrating. At times you wouldn't know when we were taking it again or was that a wrap, was it good? The band would wonder what is it exactly that the director wants us to do but then again everything, in the end, went well.

We were all very happy with the result of the video; it looks great and we got a lot of positive feedback from our fans. After quite a few years of Lordi videos that look, well, you know with all due respect to the directors and video makers of our previous videos, they look a little bit low budget. How should I say this nicely? Well they don't exactly look like they were done by amateurs but they do look very low budget in a way that the fans were really fucking happy to see the film-like quality in this Lordi video again. I gotta tell you, as a film director by civil profession myself, that I was really happy with the result. I would say the next time we are going to shoot a video I would vote for going back to St. Petersburg, Russia to do so. Because I mean the whole production value is literally so good. What you would spend there would be more for your Euro or dollar. You couldn't get that quality production on such a great budget anywhere else.

Lordi - MrLordi - Rocktopia Interview

Does it get harder to reinvent yourself, as time goes on, for each album?

Yes and no. Musically it is not difficult at all, not at all! The music, like I have already stated, comes from inside and it doesn't change that much. I am writing continuously and I stay with my strong mannerisms, which I do all the time and my own Lordi themes. It is really natural for me and I know the music will continue to flow out of me till the day I die. The difficult part of reinventing the band for each album again and again after every two years is actually on the visual and dramatic side. It also becomes harder and harder to think about themes for song lyrics. I mean how many songs can you write about zombies having sex? I can tell you, actually not that many. Well, on the other hand, surprisingly I suppose you can write many because I have actually written a lot of those 'The Night of the Loving Dead' type songs. I guess this is why I was so fucking happy to get the whole exorcism slash 'Sexorcism' themes out for this album because I know, okay, now at least we are going to do something that is a little different than our normal.

As far as writing creepy songs with themes such as somebody wakes up from the dead and haunts you, yeah we usually do that and it's that stuff I usually write. When it comes to the costumes it gets harder and harder. I mean it's still pretty easy for the so-called new members but of course, for me, it's different because I have always been in this band. Hella and Manna have been in the band around six or seven years, it's easier for them because it is only like their fourth costume. But, for example, Amen and Mr. Lordi who are in their ninth costume it is not so easy. It becomes difficult to keep the characters the same yet still switching up the styles from head to toe and every single mask. The costume is literally always different, every single part and are re-scripted and thought out again and again. So that is the difficult part because how many different versions of Mr. Lordi can you get? Well, now it's been about nine and I gotta tell you that at eight or nine it's been pretty difficult to figure out what the Hell, or how the Hell am I going to do the next new Mr. Lordi look and it continues to still look like the same character without it being something I had done before. It's really rewarding when you finally get the idea, and once again we will discuss KISS. The funny thing about my new costume is it has a lot of these metallic pyramid shaped studs. The inspiration for this came from my own living room; I have a huge Gene Simmons figure on top of my television. I was looking at it and on this particular Gene figure, he is over exaggerated with so many studs on the costume.

They are way too big than they actually are on his real costume and I thought hmmm, what if the studs were actually that big? So then I had the idea for my costume. I know it's just metal pyramid studs but again it is something that I haven't done before. I'm sure that's how many other bands have done it, like maybe GWAR has been inspired in this same way. I'm not all that familiar with GWAR's costumes that much but I'm sure ideas might come all the sudden and from surprising places, like in your living room. You look around and you are like hmm, I could use that. For example, the previous costumes that had those bubbles, the ones that looked like bubbling silver or something. A lot of fans thought this look was an interpretation of Gene's Dynasty costume from '79. Yes, it looks like that and it happens to be my favorite Gene Simmons costume but I didn't even think about that. It's funny how I actually conceived the idea for the costume. The idea of that surface, the bubbly thing, came from a chocolate bar. A fucking chocolate bar! I took a bite and looked at it and it looked like bubbles. I was like well hmm, this is a really cool pattern. So, yeah that's where it came from, a fucking chocolate bar!

You have visited a ton of places during your tours. What has been your favorite venue or city you have visited, and during the upcoming tour dates are there any particular places you are most excited to visit?

Yes, there is one place in Pratteln, Switzerland. A venue called Z7 which is a place we have played some gigs. We have played there on every single tour actually. There is no other venue we have played more than that place. It's a huge, nice venue with such a great personnel. During this tour, we are going to end the tour there. It will be our last date of the tour and I might add something that no one else knows and you will have a scoop now! Maybe, just maybe, there is a possibility that we might be shooting our live DVD during this tour there. So far we hadn't had a live DVD that is fully a hundred percent approved by the band. There was a television appearance from 2006 filmed in Market Square Massacre which was a crappy gig and I'm ashamed to watch it. This was because at that time half the band is drunk and it's like we didn't want that to be a DVD release, but shit happens. There was also an opportunity for a concert DVD for another past tour but it was on the opening night and the day of the shooting the local label decided not to do it and pulled out. That would have been a crappy gig to record because it was the opening night and you shouldn't film on an opening night of a tour. I mean not in the beginning because during this time the band is kind of searching, like uh. okay, what song is next. Since this will be a later tour date then it could be the first real band fully approved DVD release.

Well, thank you for letting us, your fans and Fireworks & Rocktopia readers, in on that information. I really appreciate you sharing that with us.

Well, then again there are different venues, cities, and countries that stand out for different reasons. The best crowds are definitely in the Czech Republic; those concert goers are amazing. Any band that has performed there will know what I am talking about because that audience is just fucking insane. They seem to care more and you can clearly see their enthusiasm and it's fucking great!

What about the fans in the United States, any favorite venues there?

A little over a year ago we had tour dates in the States and a couple of Canada dates. I remember that Dallas, Texas was the last show and it was really fucking great! You know, year after year all the cities and venues become the same. You don't necessarily remember any that stand out unless something special happens. At times the crowd, tour bus, backstage is the same. You eat the same pizza and burgers every day, so it becomes like one fucking gig. In particular, when we played in Cleveland, Ohio...I'm trying to remember the venue because I got a hoodie there and it was my birthday. So that was awesome of course, and I remember these places that had something different at them. Manna and I almost missed our gig in Anaheim because we decided to go to Disneyland during the day because they had a Star Wars attraction. So we went, but well, that doesn't really say anything about the venue but it says how I spent my day outside of the gig. So yeah, it's hard to say.

What is the strangest experience you have had on the road while touring?

Coincidentally, there was an incident in the United States in 2007. I guess actually there were two weird things happening on that tour. The bus driver of our night crew hijacked the bus. I'm sure you could Google that, just look for Lordi bus driver hijacks the bus. I don't remember which city or even State it was but we went to the bus and we were waiting. We were like where is the crew? What the hell! The bus was taken to some sort of fucking compound or harbor. The bus driver apparently had gotten mad at the bus company or something. He decided to fucking hijack the fucking bus with our crew sleeping in it. Once he had taken the bus to that compound or whatever it was then the crew started waking up and realised they were in a really strange place, the bus was locked and they couldn't get out. So yeah, that was definitely weird. Another thing that happened was during Ozzfest. I don't remember the date or city, maybe it was someplace like Detroit or Chicago. Our tour manager almost got shot outside the venue. He was leaving a bar which was near the venue with our drummer. There was some weird drive-by shooting, exactly right there and it was like only a hundred meters from our manager. It was literally on the same fucking block. I would have to say that was something that happened weird but the strangest thing, I mean in my opinion, would be the bus hijacking, even though I wasn't personally directly there. I was just waiting there for the crew to arrive but it was definitely strange.

In the very far future when the band goes into retirement, what do you want your legacy to have been?

Hmm, huh, ahh you got me there! No one has ever asked me that before. I don't know. I think well, I would want my legacy to be that I left my mark and I would like to go to my grave knowing that there are people that enjoyed and appreciated the things that I did and were entertained and got something out of it. Also, now I will quote you ─ that I would be acknowledged as a creative genius. I would not like to go out and be forgotten.

I don't think there is any way possible that you could ever be forgotten. Look at your amazing body of work, no-one can forget that.

Well, you know I have never thought of that so it was a good question.

Do you have any final thoughts to share with the readers of Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia, any other upcoming projects to share?

Well, unfortunately for the American people, we are going on tour in Europe in a little more than a month and will be touring all over Europe. However, hopefully, I know there are talks of an American tour maybe in 2019. We will have to wait to see if this becomes a reality, I hope so. Other projects? Not really, just touring is next. I am already planning the next album which will be our tenth. For the readers of Fireworks and Rocktopia, I got to say this, if you are a fan and know us then I want to thank you sincerely for your loyalty. Lordi fans are pretty fucking loyal which is awesome! If you are a Lordi fan then you get pretty fanatic which is awesome because I know I have my own Rock idols and I have their images tattooed on my skin, such as KISS, Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister. Tons of fans, old and new ones, on every tour will have Lordi tattoos and shit. It is a huge compliment for any artist, of course. So, if there are any Lordi fans, I am very thankful for your loyalty and I always say this but will say it anyway ─ we try our hardest to not suck! That is our motto, but if you don't know us then go check us out, if you don't like it then oh well.

Well, thank you so much! I have enjoyed talking to you immensely and I'm looking forward to everything that creative genius of a brain will be churning out for us fans.

Thank you so much, this was a pleasure! I mean you had some pretty good questions, which has been really good and not your typical normal interview for sure. I will go get back to doing my graphics and all for the band and preparing t-shirt designs for our upcoming tour.

Current Band Line-Up and Characters:

Mr. Lordi - vocals, the Biomechanic Man/Hulk from Hell Amen – guitars, The Mummified Pharaoh / Ancient Assassin
Ox – bass, The Bulltaurus / "Hellbull"
Hella – keyboards, The Scarbie Doll
Mana – drums, The Minister of Sinister / Insectoman

Former Members and their Characters:

G-Stealer – bass, The Alien Man-Beast (Kita also)
Magnum - bass, The Cyborg from Space
Kalma - bass, The Motorbiker Zombie
Kita – drums, The Alien Man-Beast (G-Stealer also)
Awa – keyboards, The Ghost Witch
Otus – drums, The Butcher Creature

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  • iangreenfiel : Can issue 97 only be ordered online? I've tried several branches of WHSmith and had no luck
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!

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