Marty Casey, 32, didn't win the televised competition/reality show to become INXS's next lead singer, he came in second. But in this case there is no shame and a fair amount of gain in grabbing the silver.
While Rock Star: INXS winner, Canadian J.D. Fortune, also 32, will be fronting the veteran Australian rock unit — which has sold over 30 millions records in a 25-year career but has struggled without a permanent lead singer since Michael Hutchence took his own life in 1997 — on their forthcoming "Switched On" tour, Marty Casey and his band the Lovehammers will be opening act.
Being the opening act is really the best possible scenario for me," Casey says. "I've been with my band for 15 years and now I get the best of both worlds." Or at least second best.
The singer describes his band's performances as a "high energy, fast-paced, big-time rock and roll show. I want to get out there and get people excited," he says. "We have to work 15 times harder to get to the level that INXS bring on every night." Casey's song "Trees" is the #1 download on MSN this week.
For INXS, the visibility of Rock Star has also meant sales. Recently, The Best of INXS (Atlantic) reached #1 on Billboard's catalogue chart, and INXS' new single "Pretty Vegas," (Epic Records) hit #4 with over 20,000 downloads via iTunes (see video here).
The tour begins on January 18, 2006 in Vancouver and will extend to more than 20 U.S. cities and two stops in Canada. INXS is Andrew Farriss (keyboards/guitar), Tim Farriss (guitar), Jon Farriss (drums), Kirk Pengilly (guitar/saxophone), Garry Beers (bass) and new lead singer, J.D. Fortune.
INXS "SWITCHED ON" TOUR ITINERARY 2006
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