Marty Casey

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Marty Casey, 32
Musician
Lives in: Beverly
Backstory: Long before Casey’s appearance on the reality show Rock Star: INXS ignited his music career, the Hickory Hills native worked as a commercial real-estate appraiser, putting his finance degree from the University of Illinois to good use. “I was a weekend warrior,” he says. “I was a musician only on the weekends.” Casey and his band, Lovehammers, are wrapping up a world tour opening for INXS.
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What’s your necessary extravagance?
Really, really expensive dinners. There’s something really nice about spending a lot of money on dinner and paying for your friends.

Favorite TV show?
The Surreal Life.

Favorite magazine?
Time Out. I use it a lot when I’m in New York. I haven’t picked one up in Chicago but I imagine it’s just as good.

Favorite Web site?
www.putfile.com

What CD is in heavy rotation right now?
The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along.”

Item of clothing you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing?
A Members Only jacket.

Item of clothing you can’t throw away?
Converse black-leather All Stars. I wore them for every single show during Rock Star: INXS and for the first leg of the tour.

How do you order your steak?
Medium.

What’s your drink?
Tequila and ginger ale.

Use two words to describe yourself in high school.
“Smart ass.”

When it comes to dates, what’s your secret weapon?
Valet parking. Simple as it is, it looks good when you don’t drive around for 20 minutes looking for parking with your date.

What song would you sing if you were forced to do karaoke?
Anything other than a song by INXS. How about “(Hit Me) . . . Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears?

WBEZ or WXRT?
WXRT.

Deep dish or thin crust?
Thin crust.

Describe your exercise routine.
I try to run every day. But mostly it’s jumping around the stage like a maniac for an hour or hour and a half.

Favorite time of day?
Between midnight and 4 a.m. It’s a great time to write songs. You’re tired, you let your defenses down and it’s a great time to expose yourself, expose your mind, and your creative side.

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl.

How much do you tip?
Usually well over 20 percent. Sometimes, I like freaking the waitress out and leaving $100 when the bill is 100 bucks.

Favorite bar in Chicago?
Rockit on Hubbard.

I own too many . . .
Unused airline tickets. My schedule is so hectic; I’m just throwing away money.

What color is your bathroom?
On the tour bus it’s half mirrors and half chocolate brown.

Bad habit you wish you could break?
Biting my nails.

Ever been skinny-dipping?
Yes.

Recently?
Last summer, the end of June, right before I left to do the show, I took a ceremonial dip because I knew I wouldn’t be there all summer.

I could not date someone who . . .
Didn’t want to have kids.

Cubs or White Sox?
Let’s just say I’m a fan of any team that will let me sing the national anthem.

My idea of a perfect vacation is . . .
Somewhere on the beach at Tulum, Mexico.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
I have a bunk in a bus. I don’t have a nightstand.

Last movie you LOVED?
Wedding Crashers.

Favorite meal?
Steak.

If you could have dinner with three living people, who would they be?
Brooke Burke; Syd Barrett, the founder and original singer from Pink Floyd; and Fiona Apple.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I have an amazing power to bring people together.

Guilty pleasure?
Unauthorized biographies.

How much was your last haircut?
It was a trade—dinner at Wildfire for a free haircut.

At which store would you max out your credit card?
Binny’s.

I can’t stand people who . . .
Don’t listen.

What do you do when you’re bored?
I like to randomly call my friends.

If money were no object, I’d go back to school and become . . .
A professor. I’d go back and do something with chemistry or something science related.