The Calling’s Alex Band Abducted, Beaten After Lapeer Days Performance [VIDEO]
Recently reunited pop-rockers The Calling had a not-so-warm welcome back this weekend, as their singer Alex Band was abducted and beaten just hours after their performance at the Lapeer Days festival.
If you were anywhere near a radio at any point in 2001, you definitely heard The Calling’s ‘Wherever You Will Go,’ as it was playing in super heavy rotation all across the country. It was #1 on the Adult Top 40 for 23 consecutive weeks and was even named “Song of the Decade” by Billboard Magazine. Apparently, not everyone feels as strongly about the tune… at least not in a positive way, that is. After their recent experience in the Lapeer, the band will likely amend the song’s hook as follows:
“If I could, then I would / I’ll go wherever you will go… except Lapeer.”
According to a number of sources, The Calling’s singer Alex Band was walking back to his hotel after a run up to a nearby convenience store when he was abducted, robbed and beaten by two men in a blue minivan. The alleged assault took place in Lapeer on West Street near S. Main Street between 3 and 4am.
After being found on some nearby railroad tracks, Band was taken to McLaren – Lapeer Region Emergency Center, where he was treated for his injuries and then released. You can hear the 911 call by his manager below. All of this happened just hours after the band’s set (some of which you can see below) at the annual Lapeer Days festival. The police say the incident is currently under investigation and anyone with helpful information should contact Sgt. Gromley of the Lapeer Police at (810) 664-0833.