Smashing Pumpkins Host Chicago Benefit For Injured Friend

On Tuesday, July 27, fans will join the Smashing Pumpkins at a benefit show at the legendary Chicago Metro to raise money for medical care for Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone.

Leone was knocked unconscious after attempting to calm down a heated man who was beating his wife on the street. Due to a tremendous amount of brain trauma, Leone needs one third of his skull removed to prevent further swelling. He is currently in stable condition at UIC hospital awaiting brain surgery.

Since Leone has been on tour with Madina Lake, he no longer has medical insurance. The Smashing Pumpkins have joined the rest of the Chicago music community in gathering money for the bassist.

Fans and friends can easily attend the show by purchasing an unrestricted amount of $10 raffle tickets at Metro’s official website at The raffle will close on Saturday, July 24 at 2 pm. The winners will be notified of their two ticket prize on Saturday, July 24 at 5 pm.

Additionally, fans that make a larger contribution have the opportunity to buy balcony VIP tickets for $100 each.  They can also attend the soundcheck, have a meet and greet photo op with the band, score free items, and have a balcony seat at the show for $500.

Tickets are now on sale at All proceeds will go to the Matthew Leone Fund as a part of The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.  The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund assists musicians suffering from illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more information on The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, please visit the official website at To follow Leone’s condition, please visit his brother Nathan Leone’s blog at

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