I’ve started several new blogs, about the boat, about Avatar, that is yet to be finished. But I have to pause everything I’m writing about currently to talk about something a lot heavier that reached our news today.

After 13 years of service, Mr OX is no longer a member of Lordi.

I… Don’t even know where to begin this entry. I’ll be honest and tell you all, I never thought I’d write an entry like this again, but then it hit me that the only option would be an entry about the band disbanding and it’s like choosing between the plague and the black death.

So. It took me some time to remember, but it just hit me. My first memory ever of him. And I’ll just skip the whole “I almost died during the show” kind of stuff and head straight to the meet and greet.

This was the first time ever I met Lordi, which is you know, 13 years ago now. Shy as we were, as we were approaching OX and Kita who were the two to call me and Lina over, I was looking down at the floor, and walking. As Kita grabbed me (once I reached him) I was stopped. And I saw a big pair of boots, and I slowly raised my eyes until I looked UP to a massive hellbull who was looking straight down at me. Haha. Had I taken just one more step I would have bumped straight into him. Thanks Kita almighty for saving that.

I do have a few small memories with him despite him perhaps being the member I notice the least over the years. I remember an incident more specifically in Italy, 2013, during “To Beast” tour. Or Awca, as I’d call it. I was asking each and every member if I could have a hug (this is from my fangirl days, you know) and I couldn’t quite reach him – in case you guys haven’t noticed… he’s pretty big with them boots.

Some other memories I, we, I guess, cherish with the hellbull himself is the bassolo he conducted during Monstour, that continued on through Sextourcism. His funky bassolo that really, and truly, lived up the mood during the shows. I might perhaps be speaking simply for myself, but still.

In a way, I was very very surprised to see him leave, but on the same time I guess it kind of made sense. I don’t know if perhaps this has to do with age, that it ain’t as big of a deal as it was when you were younger, or if it is because you think about it – he’s been in for some time, and maybe he’s just over it. I guess the surprise moment rather comes from the fact that this line up seemed to be so steady. It’s been the same for seven years, and I guess there is where the torn comes.

With that said, all the best to you OX!



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