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Rock Star: INXS Runner-Up To Open INXS Tour

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Marty Casey, the runner-up on the TV show "Rock Star: INXS," has been tapped with his band, the Lovehammers, to open INXS' Switched On tour, which kicks off in January 2006. "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."

The 32-year-old Chicago 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. We have to work 15 times harder to get to the level that INXS bring on every night."

"Marty is a fresh edgy performer who is captivating," says Tim Farriss of INXS. "He's compelling to watch and listen to."

For INXS, the success 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. The band recently shot a video for the song with director Scott Duncan.

Tickets for INXS Switched On tour, produced nationally by Metropolitan Talent Presents, go on sale the weekend of October 15. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen