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LORDI FAN NATION
INCLUDES THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
WITH THE MANBEAST HIMSELF
Table of Contents
This magazine was made in honor of Lordi’s previous drummer, Mr.
For me Kita was one hell of a cool looking drummer. He gave the band
the color it needed, red, and his character became cooler and cooler
each album. He became the coolest looking monster of the group this
era. I loved his new red mohawk and The Monsterican Dream -looking
mask. I loved how he looked like they had took the best parts of each
era, spicened it up a bit and gave birth to the new Kita (which they
actually did, too).
His drumming style was amazing. Every hit started from behind his
shoulders. His backing vocals will live forever and his compositions
will remain as the favorite ones of some fans (including me). I think
that he’s a true genious when it comes to music. His character was a
fierce manbeast but when he opened his mouth in interviews, he was
so funny and nice.
I came up with an idea of interviewing Kita and I was really happy
when he agreed and arranged time for it. It was a dream come true to
meet him, to talk and interview him about Lordi. He was extremely
nice. I hope I’ll meet him someday for another time.
See you in the future
and all the best for your
future career! I will
remain as a fan of
LFN does not own the picture nor the video clip the picture
was taken from.
I will miss Kita’s personality, but I haven’t yet met Otus. Still, for me
Kita is still Lordi’s drummer. I haven’t yet got over it.
The exclusive interview with the
I came up with this idea shortly after Kita had left the band and I started to
plan it a bit more with Ida. And then it happened… On one rainy autumn
day I met Kita in the shades of the Skull Forest and interviewed him of all
the years he had spent in Lordi. We get to know his favourite era, album
and for example how Hate At First Sight built up.
So, are you prepared?
Ladies and gentlemen:
this is the final big,
with the manbeast
Copyright Judge Death
I hope you enjoy the
How are you, Kita?
Fine, thanks. [laughs a bit] All kinds of little hassle are on, of course, naturally.
Meetings and such. In fact I’ve helped Lordi a bit as they’ll have, how soon was it, in
three weeks the first gig of their tour. I’ve done like live intros and such to the songs,
you know when there’s all kinds of sounds of clatter and clack. And then of course
we’ve started to rehearse with my other band, and we’ve been thinking of actually
playing a couple of gigs still this year. And of course as I’m the manager of myself so
I’ve been doing that job, too.
What memories come first in mind when you remember of all the years you spent in
Well of course there’s naturally a lot of memories. But what comes first… all big
gigs, big festivals, Wackens, Download festival in Donington, Rock2Wtgn in New
Zealand, and of course the Kauppatori gig in 2006 was great. But then there’s a lot
of small: small succeedings, nice trips, nice people… well, there’s many of them and
there’s many stories too. Mainly positive and nice big things - and of course some
funny mishaps have happened. But I happily remember those times.
What things you will miss the most from those times?
Maybe it would be those long trips - we probably aren’t going to do those with Stala
& So at least for a while. [laughs a bit] But on the other hand the world has been
travelled a few times already, so the novelty has quite gone. But maybe, you know,
meeting people, spending time together, meeting fans… I’m not so sure how much
I miss that, but at least it would probably be nice to go and go touring the world. So
tours, in short? Yeah.
What Lordi era is or was your favourite?
Yeah. And regarding the events happened during the eras.
Well of course so many big things happened during the Arockalypse era, so
naturally it was big, but somehow musically speaking I personally like The
Monsterican Dream and the making of it a lot. When you think that Get Heavy was
a collection of old songs mainly by Mr. Lordi - it had songs from ten years - The
Monsterican Dream was the first “band album” and the band improved a lot in the
making of it. It also was some kind of a showcase and I think we redeemed it pretty
well. And somehow it feels like after that album people started to see us as a real
It didn’t get so good reception, or did it?
Yeah, no it didn’t. But that’s how it goes; if someone would record the best record in
the world now, without a doubt, it doesn’t necessarily mean everyone would buy it.
Fans liked it. And the same happened to Deadache. Even the critics flattered it but
it didn’t sell as much as people maybe expected. But that was because there came the
Eurovision hangover, that we ”weren’t a trend” anymore.
How about your favourite Lordi costume? My personal favourite is your Babez
Yeah, Babez’s costume was cool but I didn’t have it on so many times. I like Japan
a lot so I like the Deadache costume a lot. But on the other hand, there’s certain
memories related to every costume. I don’t really count the Babez costume in
because I didn’t really get into it. But… I’d probably say the Deadache costume. I
liked that ”samurai-monster” thing.
What’s your favourite Lordi album?
Well… If I had to listen to one of our records from the very first second to the last,
I think… Arockalypse is our hit album, musically inter alia. Of course there’s great
moments on every album, but in my opinion Arockalypse kicks the most. Regarding
to its song material it’s in my opinion the strongest. If I should recommend someone
who has never heard Lordi which Lordi album he or she should listen to, I’d say The
But Babez had Michael Wagener...
Yes, but he didn’t participate in the writing of the songs, he just produced. So I’m
more speaking of the content. The producer has his own vision, of course, but if I
had to choose. The name doesn’t make the record any better; it’s more the music. Of
course the new album is good too. I think Lordi has never done a bad album. And
probably never will. But regarding to the song material The Arockalypse is stronger
Which of all five albums was the most painless to do?
The newest. Definitely. At least on my part. I sort of achieved the top of my
drumming. I’ve never kept myself as a drummer, so when you think that I played
fifteen songs in in four days. And we’ve always used a lot of computer before, we’ve
edited a lot, changed the grid of the drums if you know what it means. Like we put
everything like it’s a… machine. But this was really a creation. Everything was played
and replayed to the point it sounded good. Same with the backing vocal sessions. It
was all easier than before. I don’t know is it that I had got better comparing to the
beginning when it was a lot of trying. But yeah, this newest was, for me, clearly the
Do you have a personal favourite song on Babez?
I like the opening track and… Rock Police is good. And then one that was left over,
a little similar to Rock Police… what was it…
Lord Have Mercy?
Yeah, I like that! I think it had a great spirit. I wouldn’t have taken it off the album
but wiser people decided to leave it off.
There were a lot of guest stars on Arockalypse and on Babez you had Bruce Kulick and
Mark Slaughter. How did it feel to work with these kinds of big names?
Well, on Arockalypse we didn’t work with anyone else than Udo. Udo was the only
one who came to Finland. All the others recorded in their own studios and sent the
files via the Internet. Though this time Lordi visited Bruce and made a song with
him, and Mark Slaughter… It can’t really be called working with him as he just came
to the studio, spoke the speeches and walked away [laughs]. But it’s always nice! It’s
always fun to see that those old own idols you have dug when you were a kid are
really relaxed people. For example: we were some years ago - actually this time of the
year, it was Halloween - on a Thanksgiving dinner with Jay Jay French. We visited his
place and he showed us all his guitars and…
…and played with you on the gig…
Yeah! The same time.
Has any Lordi song ever got stuck in your head and you haven’t managed to get it out?
[Laughs a bit] Quite often I guess, as they are pretty catchy. But I don’t really
remember is there any I haven’t managed to get out… Then of course there are songs
I’ve done myself; I could have noticed that if some song gets stuck it might be good,
there’s some catchiness in it. Actually I just read from somewhere that when ABBA
made songs in the 70’s, they didn’t record the ideas. If they didn’t remember the
same song the next day…
…it wasn’t good.
Yeah, it wasn’t good then. It’s quite well said.
You wrote Hate At First Sight with Amen. Many Lordi fans think that it’s Lordi’s best
song, or at least the best b-side. How did the song build up?
We were in the studio with Amen and we wanted to get something melodic,
pretty pop also. Something like KISS’ Million to One. It came up pretty quickly. And
actually the intro melody was different in the original version. We changed that
then. I agree that it’s one of Lordi’s best songs and now when we rehearsed it to
Nosturi for example, it turned out really great. Of course we laughed with Amen
is there any sense leaving these best songs off the album, but the record company
decided to drop it off in its great wiseness.
Did the song feel like the best during the Deadache sessions?
Yeah, it felt really good back then too. But Deadache is so much heavier and darker
album so it probably was a bit too zappy. I guess that’s one of the reasons why it was
You co-wrote It Snows In Hell, too...
Well, it’s mainly Mr. Lordi’s song, but when you hear those response lines in the
chorus, I wrote them. But otherwise it’s Mr. Lordi’s song.
Eurovision Song Contest is a big part of Lordi’s history. You explained participation
by stating that “you do things other bands don’t do”. What was your opinion in the
participation and do you regret it?
Well, I don’t regret it, and I was the one who thought that this is a good thing and
let’s do this. And what we said was that ”we are that kind of band that is able to
do things other bands don’t do”, but we didn’t do it because of that. We had a new
album coming out and the previous album Monsterican Dream didn’t succeed so
well, so we thought that we could get a good publicity from this and so called free
advertising. That’s why we went, and part of the band was pretty sceptic about it. I
myself am so positive person that I said that our starting point was to win it, at least
the Finnish preliminary. And in Athens we’d go at least to the finals. Which actually
happened. [laughs] It was of course a good thing but it wasn’t so big thing in Lordi’s
history, it was quite short thing in time actually…
But the effect was big.
Yeah, the effect was big. Also the side effects were big, as we got that certain mark
which exists still and what has been tried to shake off. Media has marked Lordi
and it’s interesting will Lordi ever get to ABBA. It’s quite seldom that the media
speaks of “ABBA who won the Eurovision” in the articles. It’s there in the end of the
article, like ”oh, by the way… they won too”. Of course they achieved so much that the
Eurovision was just a small thing among the others. And I think it’s also because
of our image [the Eurovision mark]. It was funny enough to think that guys who
look like monsters won the Eurovision, that the press, especially in Finland wants to
advertise it every time.
You filmed 10 music videos overall. Which one of these was the most easy and
pleasing to film? Did we make 10 of those? Yeah, 9 or 10 depending on how you count
it. If we count the Eurovision 2007 video in... Is it included in this 10?
Ok. What was the easiest? The easiest to film was This Is Heavy Metal, there we got
off lightly. Hmm… well, Who’s Your Daddy was fun to film ’cause there were those
girls. But I think Blood Red Sandman is still as a video definitely the best and the
most pleasing. There was that flaw in Lordi’s videos, which many fans, and some of
the band too, have been criticised: in some point they started to repeat themselves,
they were really similar to each other. I think that Blood Red Sandman is the most
succeeded; there’s a good plot, it’s pretty fun and the band looks good. It just works
You also filmed a full-length horror movie with Pete Riski. I remember you’ve said in
some interview that you don’t really like horror movies.
Yeah, I don’t like them at all. [laughs]
So what do you think about this movie?
Well, how could I say it somewhat discreetly…? [laughs] It is a good movie and so,
but… Of course my part in the making of the film was so small - I had only one
shooting day - that I didn’t really get into the making of the film.
How does it look like in your opinion?
It looks great; there are few pretty good scenes. But I still don’t really get the ending
[laughs]… But on the other hand, it’s really cool that a band gets to do a movie.
Even it didn’t really succeed…
Yeah… How many films has WASP done? None. [laughs] But I have a gold DVD
record on the wall of my apartment, so I think it has succeeded pretty well.
And it’s been sold to many countries…
And awards have come from Spain… here we see how the Finnish media likes
to crush. But when you think that Lordi is in the horror movie genre - you can’t
compare James Bond to Dark Floors - this is horror and in horror genre this
succeeded really well.
Your first gig was in Nosturi…
And my last one, too. The circle closes. [laughs a bit]
But that wasn’t the intention?
No, it wasn’t.
…and your second gig was in Germany. How did this kind of giant leap feel like?
It was quite big [leap]. The first gig in Nosturi was sold out, there were 900 people
and the next gig in Germany was also sold out, there were 9000 people. It was a clear
dream come true to get to play in that kind of ice halls.
Taught a lot?
Yeah. Somehow it was just so fucking cool. We just sat on the benches and watched
mouth open how roadies road, ”how cool is this”. And the fun thing was that I had
the ear monitor, from which I could hear all the stuff, and it got loose in the very
first song. The plug got loose and I didn’t hear a thing in the first song. [laughs] All
blindfolded. All kinds of mishaps happened on that gig. We got it fixed and the gig
How did it sound like?
I guess ok… I don’t know. Of course I didn’t hear anything. [laughs]
Did someone tell you?
Yeah, not many even noticed that. It’s great that we got some die-hard fans from that
gig that are still around. No one knew who this Nightwish’ support act was. It was
great. We were in Oberhausen and then we were in Munich and in Munich there
were ”only” 6500 people. But that gig went as a gig much better. In fact I’ve saved the
drumsticks I played with on that Munich gig. I have them at home. When I’m old I
can sell them in eBay very costly. [laughs]
You played in many different countries during the years. Which country was your
favourite? Where could you leave to anytime to play a gig or two?
New Zealand in all its exoticness and of course as it was the only stadium gig I ever
played with Lordi. It rises to the top spot.
You could return to New Zealand?
Yeah. Willingly. And just for a vacation, it’s pretty cool place. It’s in the same
landscapes where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. And of course the festival
was pretty cool, as there was Poison, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Kiss and Alice
Cooper besides us. It was pretty much the perfect line-up for myself. Also as a fan as
we met some of the guys there… It was great.
Did you meet KISS?
Yeah, I shook hands Paul Stanley and Gene. It was fun.
Did they say anything about Lordi?
Yeah and Gene especially, he digs the band, he thinks that Lordi is ”my boys”. He
always admires and digs.
Which venue was your favourite? Was it Wellington, too?
Well, of course the stadium was cool. What else could have been?
What would have been in Finland?
We played at Hartwall Arena, but personally I’d say the old ice hall. We just never
But you were planned to play.
We were, but that got cancelled back then. I saw KISS in there in 1988 and after
that many other bands so it’s important to me. It would have been nice to play there
sometimes. There’s that certain feeling in it. Maybe with my own band in some point.
What’s your best tour memory? Is it the Wellington, too?
But it’s not a tour memory… Well, yeah. But there are a lot of memories in that
trip too, for example: When we were on our way home we had to wait hours for a
continuation flight at London’s Heathrow. We met Ronnie James Dio. He came to
the neighbour table, we said hi and talked this and that. He was recording the last
album of Heaven And Hell with Tony Iommi and he gave us some Tony’s guitar
picks and offered us beers. He was leaving back to America. He was going to play a
gig at Lahti (Finland) that summer so he grabbed some paper and pen and asked us
to write our names so he’d put our names to the list. It was pretty cool.
Did he put you on the list?
I don’t know. We had a gig the same time so we couldn’t make it to the gig so I don’t
know what happened. But what I knew him I don’t doubt it at all if there would have
been our names on the list.
What song was the most fun to play at the gigs?
Well of course usually a song you haven’t played for a while, for example Hate At
First Sight that we rehearsed to Nosturi. It was really nice to play. But if we think
of songs what we played every night, I think They Only Come Out At Night. It’s a
nice song to play, you get a good spirit and as it builds up on the way and in the end
you get to seriously smash the drums. There were some songs you probably got a bit
bored to play too, but I never got bored to play They Only Come Out At Night. It
was always cool.
What were those songs you probably got a bit bored to play?
Well, you know, some songs where was something straight, for example Who’s Your
Daddy? It was so much the same beat throughout. Maybe to get bored is a bit wrong
word but necessarily those songs weren’t as good.
Are you still good friends with Lordi members?
Sure. Earlier today I spoke a long time with Mr. Lordi on the phone, as I help them a
lot with the tour and so… We have known each other all the way from 1996, before
the band even existed, that’s important. The things argue, not the people.
Who’s the closest one to you of Lordi members?
Well of course the original members Amen and Lordi, we were from the beginning
together in this. Of course our history is a lot longer.
Were they only coincidences that you weren’t credited as a composer on any of the
songs on Babez and on the This Is Heavy Metal video you were seen just a bit. Did you
think of leaving Lordi?
Why there are no songs of mine on Babez is purely the decision of the
producer. [laughs] My songs weren’t good enough for the producer. And the video
thing was all the vision of the director’s. It’s sort of funny to think that it was because
I was ill on that press day [Kita was ill on the Nosturi gig week, he was still ill on
the gig]. It wasn’t my intention that I’d go anywhere. But what was there was that I
started to do my SO./solo album a year ago and I had decided that it was what
I’d start to do like, the next year. The band had the ball. It was like “ok, I’d do my
own thing but I’d also happily play in Lordi”. Even I’d have to leave Lordi, I’d do my
own thing. It was the starting point. But I have to say that I wasn’t, in any point,
leaving. I didn’t say that ”I leave now” in any point. It wasn’t the point. So any of those
speculations are not true. I wasn’t going anywhere; it was just that it got to that.
You help Lordi with the new member and the new tour. Have you met the new guy?
Yeah. Many times. The last time I spoke to him was on the phone today.
What do you think of him?
He’s a nice guy. Really professional drummer. He’s much harder drummer than me.
[laughs] So I don’t see any problem with that, I’m sure it all works well.
Does he fill your boots well?
Easily. There’s no much filling in them.
[laughs] Of course he has his own style. Everyone must remember that he doesn’t
even try to fill my boots, in that way. He comes and stands with his own boots on
the same place I stood. Of course things change now a bit - and has to change, too.
The same thing with KISS: when Eric Carr started to play the songs Peter Criss had
previously played, you could easily notice the difference. There are differences in
opinions; who likes what. No one has to compare anything. And it’s cool that he’s the
tenth monster now. I have seen him as a monster, too. Really? Yeah.
Is it a cool costume?
It is a cool costume. It’s the tenth monster… and I think it’s cool that we get more
members to the monster family. I think it’s fun for the fans, too that there comes
something new. For myself it’s always been really fascinating when I’ve dug KISS
that there’s some rare pictures of for example some Vinnie Vincent’s mask, I think
it’s always great that there’s some other members too than just the main, recent, or
well-known members of the band.
Have you checked the Lordi forum what people have said about your leaving?
No, I don’t read any forums. Somehow I’m not that interested, as it usually pretty
quickly goes to arguing and squabbling… I’m just really bad at reading forums.
And actually there was some talk with Mr. Lordi that I’d go and write something
but I didn’t have the passwords, I don’t remember, so I didn’t get in. Maybe three
years ago I last visited that place, or more. I have received a lot of cheering tweets
and good spirit via my twitter account and I think that people understand that I
just had to go and implement myself more. Of course people are sad but I’ve tried
to say that this is just rock ’n roll, it’s nothing bad, and you can always listen to
the albums. Kita will come and feature Lordi for a special gig when people least
expect it. Then explodes. You can’t do something because fans want, you have to
follow your own heart and do how you feel. Hockey players change the team too
and there might not be anything personal in it. But if it feels like you could win the
Stanley Cup better in the other team - it doesn’t mean it is like that - but if it you feel
something… You know: businessmen change the building, F1 drivers change the
team. It’s not personal. You got to do all kinds of things in life, and we’ve been up for
10 years that have been really great. Someone asked it and I said that there’s nothing
embarrassing, I will proudly remember and tell people of those times, it has been a
big part of my life. I read a lot of band biographies and I don’t get why bands start
squabbling right away - why you’d have to start arguing? Adult people. Everybody
understands it in the Lordi camp. I played the wrong instrument, in a way, all the
time. I did it for common good. They understand it. I have to do my own thing. Also
for my mental health. [laughs]
So it’s possible that Kita returns to the stage?
Yeah. We just agreed it and it would happen when no one expects it to happen.
Of course it would be great if it would be in Finland…
Can’t know. Probably not in the near future, though, but sometimes in the future. It’s
fun, exciting. Never say never.
Then after that particular gig the fans go like ”whoaah, Kita was there”.
Yeah and people are like ”I’m not going to that gig, I just saw them” and then you’re
sad when Kita actually was on that particular gig. So, fans, you got to come to every
What are your last words to the fans of Lordi?
Of course I have to thank you all for all those years you’ve been digging and
supporting. And I hope the fans will dig Lordi further on, too. War doesn’t miss
one. Lordi is a great band and will always be, you need to give the new guy a
chance. He will surely find his place and his fans. And all the Kita-fans who have
started to play drums because of Kita, I challenge you all: You must become
fucking big rock stars and then I get my name to the list on your gigs.
Thanks for the interview!
So many memories I have with you ever
since back when I saw you for the first time
at ESC Kita, to the Deadache era when I
for the first time meet you. You have been a
big part for me in the band and will never
forget you. Your energy behind the drums
and amongst the fans and happiness you
had around you I won’t ever forget nor the
long time you have played in the band.
But everything has its end so I guess
it is time for you to do other things in life
and I wish you luck on that Kita.
I met Kita the first couple of times at
signing sessions all around Finland. They
were really fast-paced events, but I
remember he was really nice and funny.
One of the most recent times was after
Nosturi gig two months ago. He left the
building hood covering his face, but peeked
under it and looked to me. It was a magical
I met him for the last time few weeks
ago when I made the interview with him.
He was so nice and answered to all of my
questions. He was and is a fun, relaxed,
creative and greatly talented person, who
I’ll respect and appreciate eternally.
Kita -- rock on.
Kita’s departure came as a shock for me. I
wondered how the heck is he going to have
time for Lordi and SO, but I didn’t really
think that he could leave, actually.
First time I heard Lordi, I really got into the
backing vocals. I like backing vocals, and the
backing vocals in Lordi were just perfect. Kita’s
voice was a great part of Lordi’s music in my
opinion, an essence. Thinking about that it’s
gone is hard… I’m actually a bit nervous how
Lordi songs will sound without Kita.
He was one of those funny guys - when
I met him backstage he made me laugh. He
had such a cool outfit, too, and his humor was
Kita will always be remembered by me
and the other monstermaniacs. I will miss his
voice, his costume - everything of him. Thank
you Kita for 10 fantastic years in Lordi, you
did a great job!
My very first memory of Kita is when I
discovered his voice. I read an interview
of Kalma, where he complimented Kita’s
voice and that made me curious. I was then
trying to focus on backing vocals, it was after
my work when I was waiting the traffic lights
to turn green, when suddenly I heard it on
Hellbender Turbulence. Some people fall in
love with someone, on this day I fell in love
with his voice. Since then that I have called
him “Angel Voice”.
I also remember when I had the chance
to meet the band backstage. First time was in
Paris when I gave an envelope to every band
member with drawings and letters from fans.
Kita asked “Is it money?”. A week later I met
them again in Lyon and once again I gave
him an envelope and once again he asked “Is
it money?”. For this tour I had a plan to give
him an envelope once again but this time with
money inside… Some false money with a little
note: “you never told it had to be real money”.
I remember in Lyon when it was time for a
picture, everybody were going next to Amen
and Ox. My turn came and I went next to
Kita and Lordi. I remember his look, it was
like “what? She doesn’t go next to OX?”.
I don’t know why, at last moment, I had
changed my mind and decided to go next to
Kita but I definitely don’t regret it.
Later I was at the tourbus with some
fans. It was time for the band to leave and I
was sure Kita would just go inside without
a word, but before he went in, he looked at
me and said: “Be careful”.
When I heard Kita wasn’t in the band
anymore, I was sad like all of us but I didn’t
cry, and now I have realized that Lyon was
definitely the last time I saw him as Kita. If I
could one advice to fans for who it’s hard to
tell or give the band something, no matter
what others have told you, no matter how
much you are scared to look stupid, just tell
or give them because you never know if it’s
going to be your last chance.
of being a drummer.
The day Kita left the band on 4th of
October was of the saddest days in my life. I
had guitar lesson later that night but I really
didn’t want to go, but I thought I’d better be
happy with great times I had with Kita than
crying and yelling.
It will be hard to accept Otus as the
new drummer of Lordi because Kita was my
Now I have decided to buy drums
within a few years and get drum lessons. I’ll
try to be a drummer like Kita was…
On my first Lordi gig on 26th of
November in the Netherlands, I would have
seen Kita and maybe got backstage to have
him sign my CD’s and other stuff. So I hope
I’ll still have a chance to see or even meet Kita
He is and will be my number 1 favorite
of all times!
I heard of Lordi for the first time after ESC,
when “monsterboy” told me about them.
After that I heard Hard Rock Hallelujah on
the radio and I fell in love with Lordi.
Few days later I bought the HRH
single. I listened to it all day. I didn’t know
who that freaking awesome monster with
red face and horns was... Later I saw that
on the back of the single there were each
monster’s name and instrument. I fell in
love with my new favorite artist: Kita.
I was very young then and I thought
he was a she. I wrote ‘Kita’ on every
single nickname I had and searched for every
detail of him. I wanted to play drums just
like Kita. I drummed tables and I wanted
to have red drums like Kita, but my parents
that there’s not enough space in house… But
in the music store my dad said I’d better buy
a guitar and so now I’m a guitarist instead
Kita has always been one of my (two)
favorite members along with Mr. Lordi. I
find his original Get Heavy costume the
scariest, I love his drumming style and of
course his voice. They all identified Lordi
for me and when I found out that he won’t
be a part of the band anymore I was so
distressed. One of the most essential parts of my
favorite band was taken away. I never
really met Kita… except in my dreams of
course where I’ve talked to him many times.
The only real memory I have of him
is when I saw Lordi live in 2009 and I
managed to touch his hand when he got
off the stage and walked past the fans.
Even though I haven’t spoken with him
I’ve seen enough interviews to feel like I
know him and how amazing and fun he is.
That’s why I cried when I read the bad news
and that’s why I’ll never forget him and in my
I remember when I was meeting Kita and
Amen at EMPIk (Polish music store).
There was a queue for having photos with
them. It was my turn: I went all excited,
my friend took a photo of me with them.
Kita was looking for me and he said:
“notebook?”. I forgot to give them a
notebook for autographs. I’ll never forget
that and I’ll never forget him as a great
drummer, great singer and as a great human.
What I first remember about Kita is how
happy he was every time. Or he seemed
happy. When I saw videos from Lordi’s
backstage or videoblog, Kita was always in
the front row, when acting. Let’s take that
video, where Kita is dancing, when they
watch “Would you Love a Monsterman”
live video from TV. Kita also loved the
camera, he had different position every
time. I remember his “goodbye heavy sign”
after Wacken 2008 festival, that he showed
to camera. At gigs he was my favorite
member, I waited for his drum stick
everytime and he was the one, who was
“the leader” of Lordi musicians for me. He
played so well... Otus is different, but not
worse. Let’s have some honor for him and
let’s not compare him with Kita.
I “fell in love” with Kita while watching a re-run of
the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. It was when
they had won, when he was standing on the drums
waving his drumsticks like a conductor of an
orchestra. He was so cute and sweet doing that, I just
fell for him. And ever since I’ve loved him with heart
I remember how excited I was about going to their
gig in 2006. Mum dragged me around to every Wig
Wam gig available, and a week before the gig I got an
email from Amen asking if we wanted to meet them,
and we signed up for it. I was amazed by him at the
concert. Monsters and horror things aren’t really
usually my kind of thing but Lordi works fine.
Afterwards we went backstage. We were so nervous
that we went as far away from the “stage” as possible,
sitting on the chairs at the back.
OX spotted us and after a while Kita saw us
too. He saw my shirt, pointed at me and then started
calling me. Tommi Niemi came to get us and I walked
up to Kita, he grabbed me, turned me around and
gave me a hug… We took a picture and he told me
my shirt looked cool (of course he would think, it’s a
Kita Face Shirt!) Not much more happened, he tried
talking to me but I couldn’t get out a word. I just
nodded and agreed in anything he said… I hope I
didn’t agree in something stupid, haha!
The years passed by and it wasn’t until March
28th, year 2009 until I’d get in real touch with him
again. For this special event I had gotten myself a
photopass, which would actually help us get backstage.
We weren’t even supposed to meet Lordi this
time, but we managed. I was first at the backstage
(actually Eric Young from Crashdiet was our
guide this night). I think I was talking to KittyCat,
because I walked backwards. All of sudden someone
says “Hello!” and the shock I got for someone saying
that practically threw me up the roof. But who wasn’t
it, if not the adorable Kita sitting on a chair in the
hallway down. Cheering us. After pictures Kita gave me a
monsterhug and signed my shirt, also asking me how
I was. He was so kind.
Copyright Juha Syrjänen (psyanide)
...he’ll forever be Lordi’s drummer.
LORDI FAN NATION
§ THE KITA MAGAZINE §
The publisher of the magazine: Judge Death & Isa
Creator of the Kita magazine: King
Original idea for the magazine: Ida
All text written by King if not else mentioned
Promo pictures taken by Petri Haggren
All the pictures on the leopard pages taken by Juha Syrjänen
except the pictures from Nosturi 18.9.2010 taken by King
Spell checking by King
Thanks to Petri Haggren and Juha Syrjänen for letting me use their pictures!
Thanks to Ida for coming up with the idea of the interview being in an actual Kita
magazine and for helping. Thanks to Judge Death (the picture is so cool, thanks!) and Isa
for helping me out and to all the fans participated in the making of the magazine. Lordi Fan
Nation for letting me do this magazine. Special thanks to Kita, you’re the manbeast!
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pictured in this magazine prohibited. You are not allowed to print or copy this magazine to
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Big thanks for reading the magazine,hope you liked it!
“If an alien race came to us one day
What would we ever, ever say?
Would we scream in terror, run away
Or get out a ball and bat and start to play?
If a member of that alien race
Decided to stay with us on this place
Would we make him love this new place
Or make him bury himself in tears flowind down his face?
If that alien that came to us from the sky
Decided to leave us, the swell guy
Would we moan and whine and start to cry
Or realize if we never say hello, we never say goodbye”
- Nightmare Wings Hell
Copyright Juha Syrjänen (psyanide)