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Local H’s Scott Lucas Assaulted In Russia; Postponed U.S. Tour Resumes This Week

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Scott Lucas of Chicago-based alt-rockers Local H has revealed that he was the victim last month of a brutal post-concert assault in Moscow. The singer was mugged, choked until he lost consciousness and virtually left for dead during the attack, which damaged his vocal cords and forced the band to cancel three dates on their spring U.S. tour.

He wrote about the incident in detail in a Facebook post earlier this week:

Here’s what happened : A month ago, after a date in Moscow, I was assaulted and robbed. The attacker came up from behind and put me in a chokehold until I passed out. When I came to, I was in a stairwell with all of my pockets empty. No phone, no wallet, no cash, and (worst of all) no passport. Nothing. Even my hat and glasses were gone. It wasn’t until I found someone to ask for help that I realized something else was gone – my voice. When I opened my mouth to ask that person to call me a taxi, nothing but a scratchy croak would come out. I touched my throat and could feel that more damage had been done than I initially thought. A purple bruise began to form. I was having trouble swallowing. Russia………..

The post goes on to explain that Lucas visited a doctor when he returned to the States and was told he may have to undergo surgery to fix the damage to his vocal cords. Luckily, a new note on the band’s Facebook page posted yesterday (March 26) reports, he won’t have to go under the knife. “My vocal cords are definitely not disjointed and the medication I’ve been taking seems to be doing the trick,” he wrote. “It [is] a major relief.”

Local H — a duo featuring singer-guitarist Lucas and drummer Brian St. Clair that’s best known for its 1996 modern-rock hit ‘Bound for the Floor’ — cancelled three dates of a North American tour that was slated to kick off March 21 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and now will resume Saturday (March 30) in Rosemont, Ill. The trek is scheduled to run though an April 17 gig in Seattle, Wash. Check out their updated itinerary here.

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