Alex Band, lead singer of The Calling, has spoken about the kidnapping and violent attack he suffered on Sunday (August 18) in Lapeer, Michigan, in a new statement issued by the band.
It was reported that Band, whose group recently returned from a long hiatus and performed in the US city the previous night, left his hotel room to walk to a local convenience in the early hours of the morning when a van pulled up alongside him. The 32-year-old singer was kidnapped, beaten and dumped on train tracks nearby, where his bandmates, who had assembled a search party, found him some time later. He suffered a fractured lower spine, three broken teeth, bruising to his side and stomach and a gash on his chin requiring 15 stitches,
A statement from the band’s representatives obtained by Us Weekly sheds more light on the story, reporting that Band was initially grabbed by his shirt from behind and lost his footing. He was then beaten with a police baton and had a gun pointed at his face as his abductors demanded his “Hollywood money”.
The statement continues: “After Band fought back, he was cornered in the van with the gun to his face, and Band told the assailants, ‘Don’t kill me as I am about to be a dad.’ After more beating, the assailants responded with, ‘We don’t kill fathers,’ and then left him for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer.”
In the statement, Band says: “I never thought my unborn child would be my savior. I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans.”
Band announced just four days ago (August 15) that he had reformed The Calling after an eight-year hiatus with a new line-up. The 2013 incarnation of the band played its first gig on Friday night (August 16) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Band has addressed speculation that the kidnapping story was a hoax designed to get press for his comeback. “This just happened to me. I didn’t kidnap myself, or beat the crap out of myself. So the whole hoax thing is honestly kind of disgusting to even think about, or hear,” he told CNN.
In the statement, Band also addresses the notion that his abduction was drug related, saying: “I take my rehabilitation very seriously. I was near death due to this unbelievable situation and the rumours are categorically false.”
The Calling are best known for their 2001 hit ‘Wherever You Will Go’.