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FestPop Podcast Interview

FestPop’s Intimate Interview With THE CALLING’s Founder Alex Band

Interviews, New Music, News June 21, 2018

There is overcoming adversity and then there’s kicking adversities ass. After our very candid and intimate interview with THE CALLING’s founder Alex Band, that’s exactly what Alex did…He kicked adversities ass.

Imagine creating a platinum-selling debut album, earning The Calling one of the biggest Alternative Rock radio songs of the 2000s. The hit song [Wherever You Will Go] stayed on the charts for over 20 weeks and became the song of the decade.

Now the adversity part…Alex was drained emotionally and financially by record label battles that hindered the release of new material. Then Alex was diagnosed with Parkinson and the next event was something out of a movie script. In 2013 Alex was kidnapped and later found bloodied and beaten on the side of the road in Lapeer, MI.

THE CALLING was in Lapeer to perform at Lapeer Days Music Festival and it was reported Alex left his hotel room to walk to a local convenience store at 3 am when a van pulled up alongside him and he was snatched inside. To make matters worse some idiot alleges the incident was a hoax and publicity stunt which it was so far from reality.

Fast forward to the present I was in Sacramento on business when I was walking past the live music HARLOWs when I noticed THE CALLING on the marquee. I thought to myself, “Is this a cover band?” I later discovered it was the real deal so I made some calls and scored access to the show but more importantly an interview with Alex. The show was kickass and the new material that was showcased will in no doubt catapult THE CALLING back to platinum record status.

The FestPop family is rooting for Alex and the rest of THE CALLING bandmates.

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