Lordi Fires Unmasked Drummer

By Andy Doerschuk Published October 5, 2010

There are many ways to get fired from a band, but today’s news about Lordi’s drummer was a first. Kita (whose real name is Sampsa Astala) got sacked after auditioning to represent Finland in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with another band, Stala & Co. However, his dismissal apparently had nothing to do with his dallying in an outside project. Instead, he got the boot for auditioning unmasked. For those unfamiliar with the band, Lordi is an operatic metal outfit that appears only fully costumed in elaborate monster guises, and actually won the Eurovision contest in 2006 for their song “Hard Rock Hallelujah.” The band released the following statement: “It is our unfortunate task to inform that Kita is no longer a member of Lordi. Kita has made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself, without his alter ego Kita. This is in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of Lordi's image. Therefore it is not possible for him to continue as a member of the band anymore. Lordi will continue as always, masked and costumed, consisting of monster personas. Also, the upcoming tour will happen as planned. We thank Kita for the years he has been an important part of the band and our successes and wish him all the best in his future.”