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Local Band Wins Contest to Open for Slash

Lovehammers to perform at rocker's Riviera Theater show



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    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.