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