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    Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:53:07

    The Smashing Pumpkins to Play Benefit Show for Madina Lake Bassist Matthew Leone - Show will be July 27

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    The Smashing Pumpkins and Kill Hannah will play a benefit show in their native Chicago on at the Metro on July 27 to aid severely injured Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone. Last month, Leone was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband. Matthew had left twin brother Nathan's Chicago apartment to meet a friend at a bar a few blocks away when he walked past the man beating his wife on the 1300th block of Ohio Street. Even though the attacker was twice his size, Matthew immediately intervened and managed to subdue the attacker but as he waited for police to arrive, the attacker suddenly turned on Matthew, beating him severely. He then walked away with his wife, leaving Matthew unconscious on the street. So much for a "thank you" for a good deed. What a despicable pair of people that Leone tried to assist.

    Leone was rushed 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. Alleged suspect Justin Pivec is currently charged with Aggravated Battery Causing Serious Bodily Harm and out on bail pending a forthcoming hearing. Must be nice to be free while your victim is waiting to have his brain put back together. Ugh. So big ups to the Pumpkins for putting on this show to benefit Leone's medical care, since many musicians work their asses off without the benefit of health insurance.

    Tickets are available now. There will be a raffle for tickets. Individuals can enter the raffle as many times as they wish for $10 each entry. A majority of the venue will be sold to raffle winners. Each winner will receive two tickets to the concert. Tickets are not transferable and winners must show ID matching their raffle entry. Raffle tickets will be available for sale through the Metro website now at noon at http:///www.metrochicago.com. The raffle will end at 2 PM on Saturday July 24, 2010, and winners will be notified via email at 5 PM on Saturday July 24, 2010.

    There will also be a very limited amount of balcony VIP tickets put onsale for those fans who want to make a larger donation and ensure entry into this special event for $100 each. Balcony VIP tickets will go on sale Wednesday July 21 at noon.

    Additionally, a limited amount of soundcheck VIP tickets will be available for $500 each. The soundcheck VIP event (approximately 30 minutes), set for the late afternoon, includes a meet and greet/photo with the Pumpkins and merchandise items, plus a seat at a table in the balcony for the show; this package is priced at $500 per person. Soundcheck VIP tickets will be available Wednesday July 21 at noon at http:///www.metrochicago.com.

    All proceeds from the raffle and concert will go to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more information on Sweet Relief, visit http://www.sweetrelief.org.

    Leone's twin brother and Madina Lake vocalist Nathan said in a statement that "Matthew and I have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of compassion and support during this impossible time. It has proved that there are far more amazing people in the world than any other kind and we're grateful beyond words. Being among the biggest Smashing Pumpkins fans in the world, we still haven't processed the fact that they are contributing in such an unprecedented way. Not only is this going to be a monumental event in our lives but more importantly it's a massive statement against domestic violence, violence against women and violence in general."

    If you are in Chicago, go to this show.

    What punishment does this perpetrator deserve?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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