“It’s Been a Long Time Since We Rock-N-Rolled”

Today rings in a wave of nostalgia as it was ten years ago today that I stepped into Schubas Tavern in Chicago and auditioned for an unknown Mark Burnett television show called Rockstar:INXS. I was persuaded to try-out by my good friend Scott Shapiro who had been an early believer and supporter of the Lovehammers and he thought that I had a real shot at winning the challenge and fronting INXS.  I was reluctant at first and he persisted and convinced me to at least give it some serious consideration.  I had discussed the potential audition with my good friend Jimb Kozak. From the moment I mentioned the TV show and the premise of INXS looking for a new lead singer, he literally took the beer out of my hand at the Super Bowl party we were hanging out at, sat me down and told me this was the biggest opportunity of my life.  He said this challenge was meant to be.  He told me what a big fan he was of INXS and started singing “Devil Inside” with these really intense eyes.  He grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye and said “You Got To Do This Man!”

I went home and over the course of that evening and the next morning, I sat on the floor and rehearsed a few original songs including “Tunnel” and “The Riddle (Yes It Do)”. My excitement level at this point was reserved as I had never watched a “Reality Show” and I had a slight feeling that this sort of thing was probably not for me.  I went to work the day of the audition and brought my guitar along.  I was the first employee opening the satellite commercial lending office for Independence Community Bank out of New York City. That being said, I was the only person in the couple thousand square foot office and I would stroll thru private offices, thru the conference room, past the water cooler and thru the reception area with my guitar in hand and I would sing thru my audition songs. I think the other tenants on the floor must have thought this new company that moved in must do singing telegrams!

I realize looking back that my life at this point was being set-up for a big transition.  I was living in an apartment with no furniture (only a bed). I worked at a satellite office and was the sole employee in a large office.  I had no girlfriend and I had no clear vision of what was ahead for me.  On top of all of that, it was the lonely months of winter in Chicago and it had been a snowy one with the city entombed in a casement of ice. I think I was to prideful to show the slight depression that was colliding with my brain at that time.

The audition email I opened from Scott Shapiro was a slice of light that cracked thru my eggshell mind and let in one beaming strand of hope.  Something to start to dream about and something to talk about when people say “What you been up to Mart?”…. “Well I got this opportunity to try out for this TV show?!”…… Even at this initial stage, I was building up momentum towards taking the first step which would begin a whole new journey for me. I was at the exact right time and place in my life to take a big leap.  Just when I thought my rock-n-roll dreams were nearing an end, I start to get the feeling they have only just begun.


Marty Casey

10 Responses to ““It’s Been a Long Time Since We Rock-N-Rolled””

  1. Debbie says:

    So glad you did <3

  2. Lisa says:

    If you never took that step towards your big transition I would have never known about you and Lovehammers. Thank you for taking that journey…I can’t imagine my life without your music.

  3. Brenda says:

    So glad you were on the show….I’m in Texas and would never had known about Lovehammers otherwise. You guys are in my music on my phone along with Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones. I almost was scared away by the term “alternative”, but what I found was an amazing hard rockin’ band that reminded me of the music I grew up with. The best of “alternative” and classic rock. Love you guys.

  4. Karen says:

    Marty, just as you were at a point in your life for change and growth, I was also realizing I too, was reinventing myself and the demands of life were very heavy. For some reason, your music on that very show enveloped my weary soul and gave my grief an outlet. Funny what 10 years means in a life, eh? Thank you. You are awesome!

  5. Sharlet says:

    I loved you on rock star inxs! That was an amazing show, I thought for sure you had it. But I think you were meant to sing your own music. You are an amazing artist!!! I remember sitting in the edge of my chair excited to see what u came up with each week. The energy you had in performing was felt around the world my friend. Love from Minnesota!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Yay for good friends that encourage us to do new and scary things that are in our best interests. If you a friend that knows you well enough to do that, listen! Luckily you did… : )

  7. Liz says:

    Thank you Scott and Jim!! It is so brilliant what happens when we choose the road unknown. One small step in a different direction and it starts a chain reaction of astonishing sparks. You started a spark that changed so many lives including yours. And continues. It is the ultimate love story with no ending.

  8. Elaine says:

    I can not thank you enough for taking that leap, Marty. Seeing you on that show literally changed my own life. It reignited a passion in me and gave me the courage to go back to school. It lead me to the amazing music of Lovehammers. And in that, lead me to this incredible circle of friends who share so many of the same passions and love of Lovehammers & you…my Hammerhead family. You have touched and inspired so many people, Marty. Thank you.

  9. Alicia says:

    I want to personally thank you for your trust in music, you are an amazing person with great talent..I can say your music has Changed the way I see life. I love coming to your shows and will go to as many as I can.. I even went to Peoria four you guys..
    And I listen a lot to my fav song call of dis stress …

  10. Kent H. Theesen says:

    Marty, I was part of ROCKSTARINXS as an extra in the crowd when it was down to 5 I remember seeing you perform TREES. Will never forget that experience.. I would like to get some of your music..

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