June 30th, 2010 is a day that the Leone Brothers, originally from Palatine and one half of the rock band Madina Lake, will never forget.
It was a day that Matthew, bassist and older brother, was hospitalized after being assaulted in the street near Nathan's Chicago apartment.
Matthew was trying to help a woman who was being beaten by her husband, and although he subdued him, the man severely attacked him from behind.
In critical condition and having removed one-third of his skull while waiting for the swelling in his brain to go down; most everyone, including Nathan, probably never thought they would ever be able to take the stage together again...
Fast forward almost a year to Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 and you'll never believe that there was any doubt it would ever come true.
It was a year full of unbelievable support and outreach as local musicians and friends held benefit shows (most notable was local Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins, the Leone's favorite band, playing at the Metro last August) and other fundraising activities such as "Through the Pain", a non-profit benefit alliance and a partnership with "Sweet Relief", a non-profit charity that maintains a financial fund for pro musicians who need medical care or financial assistance, to help Matthew with his rising medical bills
Matthew and Nathan took the stage last night at Metro just as if nothing had ever happened, playing to a solid crowd of friends, family, and fans alike.
Not only was it a welcome back to the stage, but also an opportunity to show that even in the face of adversity, the Leone brothers and Madina Lake have made it to the other side stronger.
They've recently signed to Sony's label Razor & Tie and plan to release a brand new record (with some inspiration stemming from the events of the past year) called "World War III" in September.
Being in the crowd felt electric as they opened with "Fight to Survive", a fitting opener to one of those special nights in the Chicago music scene.