July 30, 2011 12:00

John Grant uses copy of The Times to obtain emergency passport

Ex-Czars singer allowed onto plane after appearing on newspaper front page

John Grant uses copy of The Times to obtain emergency passport

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John Grant has claimed he managed to obtain an emergency passport after presenting a newspaper frontpage which featured his photo.

The former singer with the The Czars was due to fly from London Gatwick to Verona, Italy earlier this month but was turned away when he couldn't find his passport, reports BBC News.

After the US Embassy refused him an emergency passport due to a lack of ID, Grant showed them a copy of The Times. The cult US singer had made it onto the frontpage after winning a Mojo award the previous evening for his 2010 album 'The Queen Of Denmark'.

Grant said:

Luckily I was on the cover of The Times that morning. When I showed that to the security guard, he said 'Well, that's good enough for me'. In about a half hour I was on my way back to the airport to catch a later flight to Verona and ended up making our stage time, so it all worked out really well.



A US Embassy spokesman declined to comment on whether Grant's recollection of events was true.

Grant’s band The Czars split in 2004 after releasing six studio albums over a decade-long career.

The singer took some time out from the music business before returning six years later with ’The Queen Of Denmark’, which has since received widespread critical acclaim.

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