Lordi: "Eurovision Is Something No Rock Band Should Do If They Want To Keep A Shred Of Credibility"
Finnish 2006 Eurovision Song Contest winners Lordi were recently interviewed by Chad Bower of About: Heavy Metal on everything from their expectations for their up-coming U.S. tour to their album The Arockalypse and their stage performance and costume, and their plans for a follow-up album, to the band's "horror and rock restaurant" in the Arctic Circle. Some excerpts from the interview follow:
Chad Bowar: Lordi are hugely successful in Finland, and have done very well in Europe as a whole. What are you plans and expectations for the United States?
Mr. Lordi: Plans and expectations can be two different things! The plan is to tour there and see how it goes and see how the audience will react to us and our music and the whole package. Our expectations are to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Everybody in the band is optimistic about everything, but on the other hand you have to be realistic at the same time. We are hoping we’ll be a huge major act there, but we have our feet firmly on the ground. We’ll see what happens.
Chad Bowar: It must have been an amazing experience to have 600 million people watching you win Eurovision, and then be welcomed home by the President of your country.
Mr. Lordi: We’ve been doing this for a while, and we’ve been doing our own thing against the mainstream. Any critic in Europe will say that we’re just about the image, it’s just a gimmick. But that’s not true. We’re 100 percent honest in what we do. With Eurovision, we didn’t think we would win. We thought we could win, but we didn’t think that kind of miracle would happen. To suddenly go from being a marginal heavy metal band dressed up as monsters to national heroes overnight has its pros and cons. It’s nice to get recognized and be treated well by important people in your own country. Orf course that feels good. But then again Eurovision is something no rock band should do if they want to keep a shred of credibility. But we won and still did our own thing. It was nice we won. We got all sorts of good stuff because of that. One thing leads to another.
Chad Bower: Will U.S. audiences be seeing your full light and pyro show on this tour?
Mr. Lordi: If it were up to me, I would say yes, but we are newcomers and nobody knows us over there and we don’t have the budget to bring over the whole show. We want to bring as much as we can. This is our first album there. Hopefully everything goes well and then we’ll be able to bring the full production. Thanks to the internet we already have a small but loyal fan base in the U.S. that have been there since our first single. Those guys have seen the DVDs and videos and have watched You Tube to see our shows in Europe. But they know they won’t see that full show the first time we go there. But there is one thing for certain: we’ll look prettier than any other band.
Chad Bower: Speaking of that, how long does it take you to get in and out of the costumes?
Mr. Lordi: For me it takes around three hours for the face. I have to glue all the prosthetic pieces on my face and hide the edges of the pieces. The costume takes 10 to 15 minutes to put on. The rest of the band can get into their costumes and characters a lot faster. It takes them anywhere from a half hour to an hour and a half. Then after the concert it takes me an hour and a half because I have to get all the latex and glue out of my hair and beard before I go to sleep.
Source: About: Heavy Metal
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