Mr Lordi

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Mr Lordi
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Mr L on stage during Lordi's concert in 2013.
Background information
Birth name Tomi Petteri Putaansuu
Also known as Hulk from Hell
Biomechanic Man
Mr L
Born (1974-02-15) February 15, 1974 (age 40)
Rovaniemi, Finland
Genres Heavy metal, power metal, hard rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, painter, special effects make-up artist, actor, comics artist, graphic designer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 1987–present
Associated acts Lordi, Wanda Whips Wall Street, Double Beat Und Bodys, Aliens, Holy Shit, Metalox

Mr Lordi aka Mr L (born Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, 15 February 1974, Rovaniemi, Finland) is a Finnish musician, businessman, special effect make-up artist, songwriter, actor, painter, comics artist and graphic designer.

Mr L is best known as the lead vocalist in the heavy metal/hard rock band Lordi. In the band Mr L is responsible for songwriting and creating all the masks, costumes, graphics and stage props. He studied film making in Tornio and, while there, created Lordi's first music video "Inferno".[1]

Mr Lordi has written songs and painted cover artworks for many bands and artists like Rotten Sound, Jope Ruonansuu, Domination Black, Grandevils and Agnes Pihlava. He has also had a few art exhibitions in Finland.

All publicity photographs of Mr Lordi have his face concealed with his mask and stage makeup. He doesn't want to talk about his real face or name for the media.[1] Many tabloids have published fake photos of his unmasked face. A real published photograph of his unmasked face was taken in the early 1990s, as the chairman of Kiss Army Finland.

Career[edit]

Musician[edit]

Before Lordi Mr Lordi had played in many rock bands from Rovaniemi, best known as the lead singer for his former band Wanda Whips Wall Street.

Mr Lordi founded Lordi as his solo project in 1992, when he was 18 years old. He produced the first demo, Napalm Market, in 1993. He described Lordi's desired sound as "a song made by Kiss back in 1983, covered by Pantera in 1992 and remixed by Puff Daddy".[1] Lordi became a band four years later when Mr Lordi met Lordi's original line-up during Finnish Kiss cruise, organized by himself as a president of Kiss Army Finland.

While working as storyboard artist, Mr Lordi spent his freetime producing the first Lordi album Bend Over and Pray the Lord in 1997. He could not, however, find a publisher for the album and it was left unreleased. Since then, he has also illustrated a comic book featuring Lordi.[2] After 2002, when the first single Would You Love a Monsterman? and the album Get Heavy were finally released by BMG Finland, Mr Lordi is still responsible for all the album artwork, merchandise design and masks and outfits of the band members. The songs he writes along with the other band members.

Mr Lordi has written songs and made album covers for many Finnish bands and artists like Rotten Sound, Agnes Pihlava and Neljänsuora. Outside Finland Mr Lordi has been featured as a live guest on U.D.O.'s and Doro Pesch's concerts.

In 2011 Mr Lordi created his own choir from Rovaniemi for Finnish version of Clash of the Choirs miniseries. He named his choir as "Rock'n'Rollo" and invited the choir to perform in Lordi's anniversary concert in 2012.

Film making[edit]

In end of 80's Mr Lordi started to make horror movies with friends. As a movie director and effects designer, he, with the young movie-makers Pete Riski (Lordi's future music video director), Petri Kangas, Kimmo Valtanen (to-be Sony BMG Finland CEO) and Tomi Yli-Suvanto received many awards and represented Finland at international film festivals.[1] Mr Lordi has also worked as a storyboard artist for Finnish movie producers and directed many Finnish music videos.

Painter[edit]

Mr Lordi at the opening event of his second art exhibition on October 2011.

Mr Lordi has had three art exhibitions in Finland. The exhibitions has contained also Mr Lordi's artwork for Lordi and other bands.

Private life[edit]

Born and raised in Rovaniemi, Mr Lordi soon became interested in monsters and special effects, in major part through horror movies. He was also an avid fan of The Muppet Show and E.T. and soon was introduced to the world of heavy metal through his friend Risto Niemi, when he was 8 years old.[1]

Always interested in masks and visual performances, he took special interest in Alice Cooper, Kiss and Twisted Sister. He started numerous fictional bands with his friends and designed logos and album covers for all of them.[1]

He did not do well at school - except for music and drawing. After years, he graduated as a medianomi (equivalent to Bachelor of Arts), specializing himself in video editing. He made Lordi's first music video Inferno, a seven-minute combination of horror fantasy and heavy metal music video, in 1995. The video featured Mr Lordi's friends in heavy makeup and masks and horror decorations made by Mr Lordi - and Mr Lordi himself singing without any makeup. Shortly thereafter he met his future band members on a Kiss Army trip to Sweden and Lordi turned into a real band with four members - Mr Lordi, G-Stealer, Enary and Amen.[1]

He married his long-time girlfriend and personal assistant Johanna Askola in early August 2006 in his home town Rovaniemi.[1]

Character background[edit]

Mr Lordi and his poleaxe.

Like the other members in the band Lordi, Mr Lordi too has a fictional background story and appears as fictional monster in comic books and music videos of Lordi. His character has been described as the names "The Hulk from Hell", "The Most Fearsome Khan of All", "The Biomechanical Man" and "The Unholy Overlord of All Tremors". His most known weapons are his biomechanic armor and poleaxe.[3]

The fictional history of Mr Lordi tells that his father was a Demon of the South and his mother a Troll of the North. The Demons invaded Lapland and raped the Trolls. As a bastard son of both, Mr Lordi received the supernatural powers of them and during centuries appeared as several historical figures, such as Genghis Khan and Vlad the Impaler. After defeating the Demons and Trolls, as the Lord of Lapland, he rode in a sleigh, given to him by Puuhkalakki, pulled by flying zombie reindeer.

According to one theory, Mr Lordi has spent centuries searching for His One True Love, but has not found her. Kalmaged the Time-traveller tells that Mr Lordi has integrated himself to the magnetic field of the Earth and thus controls the whole planet and can now travel between different dimensions effortlessly. Mr Lordi has personally gathered the other band members as allies in the trans-dimensional war against their enemies.[1]

Discography[edit]

Lordi[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Grandevils: Grandevils (2005) – Mr Lordi featuring with songs "Grandevils" and "Play and Party"
  • Martti Servo & Napander: Täältä pesee! (2007) – Mr Lordi featuring with "BoogieWoogieReggaePartyRock´nRollMan" song
  • various artists: Welcome to Hellsinki (single, 2007) – Mr Lordi featuring with single
  • Domination Black: Haunting (EP, 2008) – Mr Lordi featuring with "The House Of 1000 Eyes" song
  • Naked Idol : Filthy Fairies (EP, 2013) - Mr Lordi featuring with "Filthy Fairies" song

Other[edit]

  • various artists: Rovaniemi Rokkaa (1992) - includes Wanda Whips Wall Street's song "You're Dead Wrong"
  • various artists: Rockmurskaa (1995) – includes Lordi's song "Inferno" and Wanda Whips Wall Street's song "Caught The Black Fire"
  • Agnes Pihlava: When the Night Falls (2006) – includes Mr Lordi's written song "Danger in Love"
  • 1827 Infernal Musical: 1827 Infernal Musical (CD, 2010) - includes Mr Lordi's written song "Devil's crashing the party"
  • Neljänsuora : Valtava Maailma (2011) - includes Mr Lordis written song "Testamentti"
  • Martti Servo: RoPS- Sinisellä Sydämellä (song, 2013) - song written by Mr Lordi

Filmography[edit]

Other releases[edit]

Cover artwork by Mr Lordi[edit]

Mr Lordi's art exhibitions in Finland[edit]

  • Kulmagalleria: Mr Lordi's art exhibition (8.–30. August 2009)[5]
  • Kulmagalleria: Ihmeellistä Mautonta Menoa (7.–30. October 2011)
  • Kauppakeskus Revontuli: Vistoja Kuvia (July 13 – August 11, 2012)

http://www.lordiarmy.com/exhibitions.htm

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ahlroth, Jussi Associated By Bigpa (2006). Mie oon Lordi. Juva: Johnny Kniga. ISBN 951-0-32584-8. 
  2. ^ "Lordi saa oman sarjakuvan". Helsingin Sanomat. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  3. ^ "Facts File: Mr Lordi". Lordi. Archived from the original on 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Lordi in work". LORDI Army. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.lordiarmy.com/exhibitions.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Christos Dantis
Eurovision Song Contest winning composers
2006
Succeeded by
Vladimir Graić
Preceded by
Greece Elena Paparizou
with "My Number One"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2006
(as par of Lordi)
Succeeded by
Serbia Marija Šerifović
with "Molitva"
Preceded by
Geir Rönning
with "Why?"
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2006
(as par of Lordi)
Succeeded by
Hanna Pakarinen
with "Leave Me Alone"

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