The Calling Singer 'Abducted' After Gig
The lead singer of the rock group The Calling has revealed he was abducted, beaten and robbed after performing in Michigan at the weekend.
Alex Band, 32, was left with a spinal fracture, three broken teeth and needed 15 stitches in his chin after the attack outside a shop in Lapeer early on Sunday morning.
The Los Angeles-based group, famous for their song Wherever You Will Go, had performed at a festival on Saturday night.
Detective Sergeant Craig Gormley said in a statement - that did not name Band - that the victim reported two males forced him into a minivan, then assaulted and robbed him before dropping him off at a railway crossing.
In its statement, The Calling said Band was visiting a mini-market after the show when "Alex was grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind".
It said he was beaten with a baton and had a gun put to his face while an attacker demanded his "Hollywood money".
The Calling said Band told his assailants he was "about to be a dad," and one of them said, "we don't kill fathers" before releasing him.
Band acknowledged having past substance abuse problems, but denied rumours that the abduction report was either drug-related or faked.
"I take my rehabilitation very seriously," he said. "I was near death due to this unbelievable situation, and the rumours are categorically false."