Singer abducted, beaten
The lead singer of rock group the Calling was abducted, beaten and robbed after performing at a Michigan festival, the band said Monday.
Alex Band was attacked outside a store in Lapeer early Sunday, the group told the Associated Press. The Calling had performed Saturday night at a festival in the city of 8,800 outside of Detroit.
Band had a spinal fracture, three broken teeth and needed 15 stitches in his chin, the Calling said in a statement.
Police asked the public for help in investigating.
Detective Sgt. Craig Gormley said in a statement – which doesn’t name Band by name – that the victim reported two males forced him into a minivan, then assaulted and robbed him before dropping him off at a railroad crossing.
The Los Angeles-based group’s 2001 song, “Wherever You Will Go,” was used in several TV series and in the movie “Coyote Ugly.”
In its statement, the Calling said Band was visiting a mini-market after the show when “Alex was grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind.”
It said he was beaten with a baton and had a gun put to his face while an attacker demanded his “Hollywood money.”
The Calling said Band is going to be a father and told his assailants as much, to which one responded “We don’t kill fathers” before releasing him
‘Llewyn Davis’ concert set
The Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett will celebrate the folk music of their 1960s Greenwich Village drama “Inside Llewyn Davis” with a concert in New York.
The filmmakers announced Monday that they will host a concert Sept. 29 at New York’s Town Hall. Performing will be Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith, Jack White, Colin Meloy and others.
Several of the film’s stars will also perform, including Oscar Isaac, who plays a folk singer struggling to make it in pre-Bob Dylan New York. The film, with music supervised by Burnett, features several authentic performances of lesser known songs from the late ’50s and early ’60s folk revival. The film opens Dec. 6.
The Coen brothers and Burnett memorably partnered for the Grammy-winning soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Takei ready to play chicken
“Star Trek” actor George Takei will get a chance to show off some special dance moves as he leads a mass chicken dance at an annual Cincinnati festival.
Takei will serve as grand marshal of the city’s annual Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati. The 76-year-old actor will lead the chicken dance Sept. 21.
Officials say the weekend festival celebrating Cincinnati’s German heritage is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people.
Takei portrayed Mr. Sulu in the original “Star Trek” TV and film series. In recent years, he has built a mammoth following on Facebook.
Previous grand marshals have included former Cincinnati Reds stars Tom Browning and Joe Morgan, trumpeter Al Hirt, music satirist Weird Al Yankovic and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.