The Calling rocker Alex Band has detailed his terrifying abduction ordeal and revealed his captors only spared his life because he is set to be a father.
The singer was bundled into a van by two thugs in Lapeer, Michigan after heading out for a late-night walk on Saturday (17Aug13) and was badly beaten before he was dumped on a nearby railway line.
Band, 32, was treated in hospital for injuries which included a fractured lower spine, a facial laceration requiring 15 stitches, and three broken teeth, before he was discharged.
The star has now released a statement through a spokesperson detailing the attack.
The statement reads, "The singer was abducted after the show during a trip to the mini-mart. Alex was grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind and lost his footing... After Band fought back, 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."
Band himself then adds, "I never thought my unborn child would be my savior. I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans."
The singer also denied suspicions the incident was a publicity stunt, telling CNN, "This just happened to me. I didn't kidnap myself, or beat the c**p out of myself. So the whole hoax thing is honestly kind of disgusting to hear."
It was not clear who Band is expecting a child with as WENN went to press.