Finnish beast metal gang Lordi are currently embarked on the latter half of their “North American MonsTour,” which kicked off earlier this month in Canada and is set to come to a frightful close this weekend in Texas. New York City hosted a stop on the infamous run at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen last Thursday, February 23.
Dressed up in their detailed makeup and costumes and led by The Biomechanic Man himself Mr. Lordi, the demonic metal crew hit the NYC stage slightly after 8pm to their instrumental intro “SCG VIII: Opening Scene” from the band’s latest AFM Records release, Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy). Ushered in by “He-Man” villain Skeletor, the Finnish fiends exploded on stage for the night’s first of many monstrous anthems, the newish “Let’s Go Slaughter He-Man (I Wanna Be the Beast-Man in the Masters of the Universe).” Without skipping a beat, the band immediately jumped into the title-track from 2010’s Babez for Breakfast, which was met with thunderous fist-pumping and horn signs from the ecstatic Manhattan crowd.
“Thank you New York…It’s been a while, what, eight years? Nine years? Something like that? Well it’s good to be back!” proclaimed Mr. Lordi, adding, “You realize it’s Thursday evening, right?…So that means that some of you might need to go to work tomorrow morning, right?” Before fans could react, Mr. Lordi yelped “No you do not! I called your bosses and I told the mother fuckers that you ain’t coming in tomorrow…this means that tonight is a mother fucking party!” As fans shrieked and hollered in approval, the ghastly quintet erupted into “The Riff” from 2013’s To Beast or Not to Beast, which was followed by a gnarly bass solo courtesy of OX aka The Hellbull aka The Bulltaurus, and a sinister performance of “Bite It Like a Bulldog” from 2008’s Deadache LP.
Introducing the rare gem “Icon of Dominance,” Mr. Lordi stated, “there’s a big chance we might fuck it up, because we haven’t really been playing this song since the Get Heavy days,” which fans responded with accepting roars and cheers. Thanks to the melodic rhythms from keyboardist Hella aka The Scarbie Doll and the memorable riffs from veteran guitarist Amen aka The Mummified Pharaoh aka Ancient Assassin, the costumed metallers did not “fuck up” said classic track, they instead delivered one of the night’s most amicable and harmonious moments. It was drummer Mana aka The Minister of Sinister aka Insectoman‘s turn to shine next, as he pounded away in total darkness for a full minute using only special glowing drumsticks.
The band kicked things into high gear with the catchy and riffy new song “Hug You Hardcore” off Monstereophonic, followed by the erie “It Snows in Hell” off 2006’s The Arockalypse, “The Children of the Night” from 2004’s The Monsterican Dream, and a haunting keyboard solo from Hella. An excited New York crowd screamed “Do I go down! Down with the devil! Down with the devil I go!” during the group’s fresh hit “Down With the Devil,” which ended with OX playfully slamming a chair over their stagehand (a running joke) as she attempted to organize and clean the stage in-between songs. Fan-favorites “Blood Red Sandman,” “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and the oldie “Devil Is a Loser” rounded out band’s main set. By this point, Mr. Lordi‘s horrific wings were fully unleashed.
Encores have become a concert standard, and Lordi are not ones to mess with tradition, returning to the stage for popular numbers “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “Would You Love a Monsterman?,” ending with a modest confetti blast and walking off stage to outro track “The Night the Monsters Died.”
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Lordi Setlist NYC (2/23/2017) [via]:
God of Thunder (KISS song)
SCG VIII: Opening Scene
1. Let’s Go Slaughter He-Man (I Wanna Be the Beast-Man in the Masters of the Universe)
2. Babez for Breakfast
3. The Riff
4. Bass Solo
5. Bite It Like a Bulldog
6. Icon of Dominance
7. Drum Solo
8. Hug You Hardcore
9. It Snows in Hell
10. The Children of the Night
11. Keyboard Solo
12. Down With the Devil
13. Blood Red Sandman
14. Hard Rock Hallelujah
15. Devil Is a Loser
16. Who’s Your Daddy?
17. Would You Love a Monsterman?
OUTRO: The Night the Monsters Died
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