Article about Marty in a Chicago newspaper
A friend emailed me this story on Marty:
Chicago rocker to learn if he's INXS or out
September 20, 2005
Chicago Sun Times
Tonight we find out if Chicago's Marty Casey is going to be a new sensation on the rock scene.
The musician is one of three finalists on CBS' "Rock Star: INXS," a reality show in which the winner gets to front multi-platinum band INXS.
Casey, the longtime lead singer of local band Lovehammers, has been making his way through the competition by impressing the judges -- the remaining members of the band -- and belting out the tunes. He's excelled in all musical genres, from grunge to the most bubblegum of pop.
Along the way, he has gained the respect of the judges and the love of the audience. So much love, in fact, that a couple of weeks ago someone threw a pair of women's underpants on stage. Casey kept them.
But to land the job, he'll have to beat out some hefty competition. J.D., a Canadian bad boy, has impressed the judges with his rock 'n' roll image and his unique interpretation of songs.
There's also Mig, an Australian like the INXS members, who has a great voice and can work the crowd. His downfall is that he may be too nice and spent too much time doing musicals.
Casey, a 31-year-old commercial real-estate appraiser, as been the most consistent of the bunch.
He performed an original song on the show, called "Trees," and it went to the top of the download chart on MSN. He has also consistently been voted the best performer of the week by the national viewing audience.
Although there is no word on what will happen to the Lovehammers if (no, make that when) Casey wins, the band -- and dozens of his fans -- will show their support at a public viewing party tonight. It starts at 8 at Joe's Sports Bar, 940 W. Weed, with the show beginning at 9. The Lovehammers -- sans Casey, of course -- perform at 10.