Music Stars Rally to Support Chicago Musical Hero Matthew Leone (Updated)

On June 29th, Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone came to the rescue of a woman being beaten by her husband on the streets of Chicago.  He had no reason to intervene since he didn’t know the woman or man.  Leone had the wherewithal to step in to help woman in need while he walked down the street. After rescuing her, the husband turned on Leone as he was calling 911 and left him unconscious on the street. The beating he received was so severe, he had emergency surgery to remove a third of his skull to relieve swelling on his brain and repair numerous facial fractures.  Matthew is currently awaiting further surgeries.

Unfortunately, Leone did not have a current medical insurance policy, which is common amongst musicians.   As a result, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund have partnered up with Through The Pain, Matthew Leone’s official benefit website, and Roadrunner Records to help raise funds for his yet untold medical, legal and rehabilitation costs.  Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

Musicians have rallied to support Leone’s recovery.  In fact, Smashing Pumpkins adjusted its tour route to come and give a special benefit concert to raise funds for Leone in Chicago.

As a long time Dream Theater fan, I was proud to learn that the band signed and donated a cymbal for a silent auction benefit to help raised funds. But other bands have donated items to be a part of silent auctions.  The auctions will be held during two benefit concerts; on August 21st at the Double Door and August 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, IL.

For further information about incident, the silent auction, concert information (including the lineup) and more visit www.throughthepain.org and www.sweetrelief.org.  Madina Lake also provide updates on Leone’s progress on their Tumblr blog.

I’ve also included a widget to support Leone’s recovery efforts.  If you are moved by this story, Viola and I encourage you to donate what you can to support a true Samaritan who was only trying to protect a woman clearly in need of help.  It is heart-wrenching story no matter how you look at it.

Update 8.3.2010: Earlier today, Leone had a second surgery.  This first surgery was to remove a portion of his skull to relieve swelling.  The surgery today was necessary to replace the removed portion of his skull.  The full story is available at ArtistDirect.com.

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