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Local Band Wins Contest to Open for Slash

Lovehammers to perform at rocker's Riviera Theater show



    Local Band Wins Contest to Open for Slash
    Marty Casey, lead singer of The Lovehammers.

    A Chicago band is hoping to slash its way to fame and fortune.

    The Lovehammers beat out a host of other local bands to get the opportunity to open the legendary guitarist's September 28th show at the Riviera Theater.

    The Guitar Center OnStage contest provides unsigned artists a chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crue, KISS and Jane's Addiction.

    Twenty bands were chosen to perform during Slash's summer/fall tour, and the musician chose the bands himself.

    The top performing opening act during the tour will be selected to win a grand prize of $30,000 in merchandise, including guitars, drums and everything else an up-and-coming band needs.

    It's not the first brush of fame for the Chicago band. Lead singer Marty Casey was a finalist in the reality show Rock Star: INXS in 2005. The band signed with Epic records soon after, but has been independent for the past few years.