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07.23.10 - 10:43 - By: Antje Nevermann


[Translate to en:] Die Postpunkrocker Madina Lake gehen im August zu dritt auf Tour, da Matthew (rechts) sich von seinen Verletzungen erholen muss. ©Roadrunner Records

Madina Lake | Smashing Pumpkins | Kill Hannah | Sonisphere Festival Großbritannien

Smashing Pumpkins: benefit gig for Madina Lake

Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone just wanted to help, now he's seriously injured himself and needs the help of his friends: the Smashing Pumpkins and Kill Hannah will be performing a benefit concert for their colleague in Chicago on July 27th. The musician needs recover from a serious craniocerebral injury and he has no medical insurance.

At the end of June, Leone happened to witness a brawl between a couple unknown to him. The bassist interfered, in order to protect the woman from her boyfriend's onslaughts, and was beaten unconscious by the much stronger man. In the process, he incurred such serious injuries to his face and head, that one third of his cranium had to be removed temporarily at the hospital, to provide space for the massive swelling of the brain.

So that Leone can recover in peace, colleagues and friends came out in droves to support him. They have managed to collect more than 12,000 US dollars through the musician fund Sweet Relief, through which the Pumpkin's concert is operated, as well as the especially set up site www.throughthepain.org on the band's homepage. 

Madina Lake wants to stick to the upcoming tour dates in England, amongst them, the Sonisphere Festival on August 1st, but they won't be replacing the bassist with another musician. "Instead we're thinking about adding in Mathew's part with recordings from live concerts.", so his brother, singer Nathan Leone.

Tickets for the benefit concert with the Smashing Pumpkins at the Metro in Chicago on July 27th, are available through the club's homepage http://www.metrochicago.com/index.html. They'll be picked in pairs by lottery. Participation costs ten US dollars for a regular ticket, 100 US dollars for a VIP ticket and 500 US dollars for a VIP-Soundcheck pass. The Metro has a particular meaning for the Smashing Pumpkins: in October 1988, they started their world career at this club, that only fits 1150 visitors, and this is also where they gave their four-hour farewell concert in 2000.



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