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    Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:37:56

    The Smashing Pumpkins Raise $80,000 For Madina Lake Bassist - Funds will go to the musician's medical care

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    Big props to Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins, as they raised over $80,000 at their sold-out benefit concert Tuesday, July 27 at Chicago's Metro for Matthew Leone, bassist for Chicago band Madina Lake. The money will go to the ongoing medical care needed for the musician who last month was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to help a woman being beaten on the street by her husband. The suspect is out on bail, while Matthew awaits another brain surgery. Matthew—whose medical insurance had lapsed just two months prior to the incident--was taken to UIC Hospital for emergency brain surgery wherein a third of his skull was removed to alleviate swelling. He's currently in stable condition awaiting an additional brain surgery to reapply the removed portion of his skull.

    The event was even attended by Chicago's Pat Quinn, who proclaimed Tuesday "Matthew Leone Day" in Illinois and said, "We have a true American hero right here in Matthew Leone." Indeed, we do! How often do people try to be Good Samaritans? Sadly, people may avoid helping others for fear of meeting the same fate as Leone!

    "I was inspired by Matthew's courageous defense of a woman he didn't even know," said the Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. "What pushed me to do the benefit for his medical fund was how much he is loved by close friends of mine who know him well. I spoke to his family at the benefit and they all said that it didn't surprise them at all that he did what he did to stop an injustice. "I was blown away by the Chicago community coming together to put this benefit on so quickly," Corgan added about the event that was announced on July 20. "It put an emotional charge into our show that was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I was absolutely honored to be standing on the Metro stage, my musical home, showing our support for one of our own. It was a great night in the long, storied history of Chicago. And an epic show." As soon as the band finished playing "1979," Corgan pulled his guitar off his neck and auctioned it off to the crowd, selling it for $10,000.

    Said Joe Shanahan, owner of Chicago's Metro: "This past Tuesday was one of my most memorable nights within Metro's walls--the outpouring of support and encouragement for a true hero, Matthew, was overwhelming. From Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins' donation of their time and talent to the cause, to Governor Pat Quinn's proclamation of Matthew Leone Day, to the generosity of the crowd with their pocketbooks, the night embodied the love and solidarity of the Chicago music community for one of their own. Now, all of us at Metro pray for a quick recovery for Matthew and someday his own return to the Metro stage with Madina Lake."

    Have you donated to Matthew Leone's fund yet?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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