Lead Vocalist for THE 69EYES
(aka Jyrki Linnankivi) is a Finnish rock musician and songwriter who is best known as the vocalist for multi-platinum-selling Finnish glam/goth metallers The 69 Eyes. Citing a wide array of influences who include Elvis Presley, Glenn Danzig, David Bowie, and Jim Morrison, Linnankivi's brooding baritone has drawn comparisons to Type O Negative's Peter Steele, Iggy Pop, and Sisters of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch. In 1989 he began writing and performing with The 69 Eyes, where he remained (and found great success) well into the second decade of the 21st century. He fronts also a dark Rockabilly "supergroup" The 69 Cats - Danny B. Harvey (Rockats, The Headcat) on guitar, Chopper Frankin (The Cramps) on bass and Clem Burke(Blondie) on drums - that released in 2015 an album "Transylvanian Tapes" vie Cleopatra Records. In June 2017 he dropped his debut solo album, "Helsinki Vampire", via Cleopatra Records. In addition to his career in music, he is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, comic illustrator, and writer, and has a degree in analytical chemistry. He is well-known horror, science fiction and Marvel comics enthusiastic as well as an Elvis Presley fan club member since 1977.
THE 69 EYES started in Helsinki, Finland in 1989. Hailing as a glammy Dark Rock band their sound was described as 'Goth’n’Roll' by the turn of the century. With their platinum-selling albums and radio hits in their native Finland, the band has toured all over the world for three decades. The easiest way to find their shows is to follow their fans who stand out from the crowd easily in the way the classic cult band’s fans do. The band has also gained a nickname as 'Helsinki Vampires'. They were awarded the Finnish music industry award Export EMMA in 2009 for selling a million albums worldwide. Their most famous songs are strongly related to horror movies and American popular culture like "Lost Boys" and "Brandon Lee".