'Grateful to be alive': The Calling singer Alex Band speaks after abduction and beating in Michigan
'Wherever You Will Go' singer said he was 'near death' during minivan ordeal
The lead singer in the American rock band The Calling has said he's "grateful to be alive", as further details emerged of his abduction ordeal.
Alex Band - best known for 2001 hit "Wherever You Will Go" - was abducted, beaten and "left for dead" on Sunday, and apparently only spared death after telling his captors he was about to become a father.
He was left with a fractured lower spine, needed 15 stitches, three broken teeth, and had bruises around his torso.
"I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans."
Band had performed with the LA-based group on Saturday night at Lapeer Days festival in Lapeer, Michigan, 50 miles north of Detroit.
A statement from the band, seen by US Weekly, said: "After a heavily attended Lapeer Days Festival, the singer was abducted after the show during a trip to the mini-mart." The incident reportedly happened around 4am.
"Alex was grabbed (by) his shirt and hit from behind and lost his footing," the statement went on.
The singer was beaten with a police baton and had a gun put to his face while an attacker demanded his "Hollywood money."
"After Band fought back," the release continued, "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."
Yesterday, Band acknowledged having past substance abuse problems, but denied what he said were rumours that the abduction report was either drug-related or faked.
He said: "I take my rehabilitation very seriously. I was near death due to this unbelievable situation, and the rumours are categorically false."
Band added: "I never thought my unborn child would be my saviour."
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'We're not heroes, just tourists': Swedish police officers on holiday stop vicious assault on New York subway
- 2 Black Mass trailer: Johnny Depp might have started making good films again
- 3 Head transplant: man will be attached to new body in under an hour and aim is immortality, doctor says
- 4 Jacob Lescenski and Anthony Martinez: Straight student asks gay friend to High School prom and makes a million Twitter friends
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
MasterChef, TV review: The final climaxed in a frenzy of herbs and hyperbole
Male student sues Columbia University for 'gender-based harassment' after alleged 'Mattress Performance' rape victim Emma Sulkowicz went public with claims
MasterChef 2015: Simon Wood named winner
Black Mass trailer: Johnny Depp might have started making good films again
Sherlock series 4: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have to be 'persuaded' to return, says Steven Moffat
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election