On Stage’s friend and Madina Lake bassist brutally attacked.
We’re very sad to report that Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone, who we interviewed last October, is in a very serious condition in hospital after being brutally attacked in his hometown of Chicago.
His brother Nathan, who sings in Madina Lake, has posted the following statement:
I just wanted to take a second to thank you all for your overwhelming love and support. For those who don’t know, a few nights ago my twin brother and best friend Matthew was severely injured while trying to stop a man who was beating his wife on the street 1 block away from my apartment. Matthew was all alone and managed to save the girl but got beaten pretty badly in the process. The couple then left him laying unconscious in the middle of the street. Both have been subsequently arrested.
Matthew is currently in the hospital recovering from brain surgery, a fractured skull, jaw broken in 2 places, a broken nose etc. The doctors have removed a part of his skull to allow for the swelling in his brain to subside and we’re currently waiting for leakage from a hematoma to stop. After 3 days the prognosis is looking better.
I’ve been next to him throughout the entire process and as impossible as it is to see him go through it, I’ve seen a strength I didn’t know existed and i’m so proud of him. As of this morning he recognized me and is able to have minor conversation and move around. When something like this happens people are often inclined to despise humanity but in this case, the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, fans, neighbors, etc. has far overshadowed that notion and has proven to us that although there are certainly some evil people in the world, there are far more amazing people. Thank you all again, we love and appreciate you more than you’ll know. Be safe and optimistic and I’ll keep you updated as often as possible.
(on behalf of matthew, the leone family and our ML family)
On Stage would like send Matthew as many positive thoughts as possible and we really hope he can recover in time to play Sonisphere later this month. We also want to send our best wishes to Nathan, the rest of the Leone family and everyone involved with Madina Lake.
If you would like send a message to Matthew either send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘A Message for Matthew’ in the title, or leave something in the comments box here and we’ll make sure it gets passed on to Matthew.
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