August 19, 2013


Alex Band, Frontman of Cali Rock Band The Calling, "Abducted and Left for Dead"

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Marco Prosch/Getty Images

You may not remember California post-grunge band the Calling, the group most (only?) popular with their 2001 hit "Wherever You Will Go." You've heard it before, but here it is to jog your memory:

The group had been on "indefinite hiatus" since 2005 before reuniting last Thursday to begin recording a new album. Over the weekend, frontman Alex Band was abducted, beaten and "left...for dead at a local railroad track," according to a statement posted by the band.

In the statement, the group reported that Band was en route to a mini mart when he was "grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind." He reportedly suffered a fractured lower spine, 15 stitches to his chin, three broken teeth and bruises on his side and stomach.

The expectant father said his unborn child is the reason he is alive today. According to the statement, "After Band fought back, he was cornered in the van with [a] gun to his face and told the assailants, 'Don’t kill me as I am about to be a dad.'  After more beatings, the assailants responded with, 'We don’t kill fathers' and then left him for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer."

Local authorities are investigating the situation.