What a way to be welcomed back.
Less than a week ago, singer Alex Band announced that he had re-formed his band The Calling with a new lineup, The next night, the band played its first show in eight years in Atlantic City, NJ, followed by a show in Lapeer, MI.
After the show in Lapeer, in the wee hours of Sunday, August 18, Band was attacked, kidnapped and beaten while walking to a convenience store, according to reports. He was dumped onto train tracks nearby, where he was found some time later by his band mates who had gone looking for him.
According to statements made by representatives for The Calling and by Band himself, he was grabbed from behind, taken into a van and beaten with a police baton while his assailants demanded his “Hollywood money.” When Band resisted, they reportedly cornered him with a gun to his face. Band then claims they dumped him on the tracks after he pleaded for his life, telling his assailants he’d just found out he was going to be a father. Band reportedly suffered a lower spine fracture, broken teeth, a gash on his chin requiring stitches, and other bruises.
“I never thought my unborn child would be my savior,” Band said in the statement. “I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans.”
When rumors surfaced that the story of Band’s attack was fabricated for publicity purposes, Band responded in an interview with CNN: “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.”
TMZ is reporting that local police are taking Band’s story seriously and are currently combing surveillance footage looking for images of the alleged abductors.