Video: The Calling Singer Describes Abduction, Says It Was Not a Hoax
The Calling lead singer Alex Band is insisting his recent abduction ordeal was very real, countering claims the whole thing was related to Band’s former drug addiction or a hoax.
Band told 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.”
Band claims he was walking on a street in Lapeer, Michigan on Sunday, just hours after his group was to perform at a music festival, when two men forced him into a blue minivan.
His rep told CNN, “Alex was grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind and lost his footing. He was beaten with a police baton with a gun pointed to his face demanding Band's 'Hollywood money.' After Band fought back, he was cornered in the van with gun to his face."
Band continued, "At this point, I was crying, I'll admit it, I was scared, and I was pleading for my life, but then it occurred to me. I was like, 'You know, I just found like a couple of weeks ago that I'm going to be a dad.’”
The Calling singer said his abductors told him it was his lucky day and threw him out of the van. "He kicked me out of the car onto the train tracks, and that's when I hit the tracks and I fractured the bone in my lower spine, and I was unconscious and they left.”
TMZ reports that cops in Lapeer, Michigan have already collected surveillance footage and are combing through the video looking for an image of the abductors.
Band has been on a tumultuous journey, having fought drug addiction and difficult personal relationships. After eight years on hiatus, he recently assembled a new band and returned to the scene with acoustic versions the group’s hit songs.
Check out The Calling's new take on their hit, "Where You Will Go.”