Alex Band, frontman of once-popular US rock outfit The Calling, has reportedly been kidnapped, beaten and mugged before being abandoned by train tracks following a performance over the weekend.
The confusingly surnamed Band was apparently grabbed while entering a store in Detroit in the moments after a gig in Lapeer, Michigan in the early hours of Sunday morning (18th August), according to statements from police and The Calling.
According to the reports, as Band entered the shop, two men grabbed him by his shirt then pulled him into a van where he was beaten with a baton and threatened with a gun before being ordered to hand over his “Hollywood money”.
After Band made it known he is a father-to-be, the bandits said, “We don’t kill fathers,” and let him go. Band suffered a spinal fracture, three broken teeth and needed 15 stitches in his chin.
Band, apparently going the way of most 90s vocalists, apparently had his drama with drugs back in the day, though has denied any rumours that this incident is somehow drug-related or for that matter faked.
“I take my rehabilitation very seriously,” he said in a statement. “I was near death due to this unbelievable situation, and the rumours are categorically false.”
The Calling hasn’t really been a band since 2005 where they officially hit hiatus. Reunion shows began to pop up here and there, though it became obvious Band was the only original member on stage. The Calling is most famous for landing their Creed-esque track Wherever You Will Go on the Coyote Ugly soundtrack. REMEMBER?!
Listen: The Calling – Wherever You Will Go
(Via The Australian)