Alex Band of The Calling says abduction, beating report 'not a hoax'
Alex Band, whose alternative rock group The Calling released the 2001 hit "Wherever You Will Go," says he was beaten and robbed at gunpoint over the weekend and that no, this is not a hoax.
Sporting what appears to be a large Band-Aid over his nose, Band, 32, appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to talk about the incident, which he says took place on Sunday in Michigan, after the group performed at the Lapeer Days Festival as part of a recent music comeback. A Friday concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey had marked the band's first official gig since 2005.
The timing of the incident, with regard to the group's comeback, has raised eyebrows and speculation that it involved drugs or alcohol. Band, who has battled substance abuse in the past, told "GMA": "I take my rehabilitation very seriously I was near death due to this unbelievable situation and the rumors are categorically false and not a hoax as reported."
After the incident, the singer was hospitalized with a fractured lower spine, three broken teeth and bruises on his side and stomach and had to have 15 stitches, the group said in a statement on its official Facebook page on Monday. Meanwhile, police have launched an investigation into a reported assault and robbery of a "member of the band The Calling," the Associated Press reported.
"They clubbed my face"
The group had said in its Facebook statement that Band was abducted by several unidentified assailants during a trip to the local mini mart. Band's manager called 911, as heard on a recording of the call on "GMA."
"I was pulled by my shirt back and two guys grabbed each of my arms and just pulled me into the van," Band said on the show. "They clubbed my face with a police baton."
The group's Facebook statement said Band was "beaten with a police baton with a gun pointed to his face demanding Band's 'Hollywood money." Band told "GMA" that the assailants stole his wallet, $1,200, his credit cards, his ID card and his cell phone.
"After Band fought back he was cornered in the van with gun to his face and Band told the assailants, 'Don't kill me as I am about to be a dad,'" The Calling's Facebook statement said. "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."
Band has not named the mother of his future child.
"You do not need to go to the extent of killing me and making a child not have a father," the singer said on "GMA."
(Pictured above: This image released by The Calling shows bandaged lead singer Alex Band of the group The Calling in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Credit: AP / Chuck Kim)