You may have read on these pages a few days ago about the disturbing abduction and vicious assault suffered by The Calling's lead singer Alex Band in Michigan in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Band, who had just reformed The Calling after a long hiatus days prior, reportedly left his hotel room after a show in Lapeer, Michigan, when a van pulled up alongside him and snatched him. The 32-year-old was then beaten, robbed and dumped on train tracks nearby. He was later found by his bandmates, who had formed a search party when they became suspicious of his whereabouts.

A statement from the band's reps, as per Us Weekly, revealed that Band was grabbed by his shirt from behind and assaulted with a police baton. He then had a gun pointed at his face while his abductors demanded his "Hollywood money".

The statement continues: "After Band fought back, he was cornered in a 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 left him for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer."

Injuries sustained by Band include a fractured lower spine, a large gash on his chin, three broken teeth and bruising to his side and stomach.

Band said in a statement: "I never thought my unborn child would be my saviour. I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans."