Two years ago Madina Lake bassist, Matthew Leone committed a commendable act of bravery—coming to the aid of a woman being assaulted by her husband. Leone was then beaten unconscious by him. He suffered a severe head injury after the brutal attack but has fully recovered. An act of kindness Leone never regrets “I would do it again and not think twice, its values instilled in me”. Leone’s mom was killed in a car accident when he was 12, he says “I love and respect women so much this behavior was shocking and appalling”. The man who assaulted Leone was found not guilty which has been a big disappointment in 2012 but Leone is hoping for justice in the future.
Thirty-seven year Leone has since toured internationally with his band and says he’s fully recovered, “You are never going to be 100 percent then but you should accept and embrace and overcome it. I am back at a capacity that I am more happy with.” While Leone was recovering in the hospital he received extraordinary support from friends and family. Leone's idol Smashing Pumpkin’s Billy Corgan played a benefit show to raise money to help pay for Leone’s medical bills. He says the assault has been life changing in a good way “It has enabled me to create relationships with some of my idols, I feel beyond lucky and have become good friends with Billy, Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips…with all of the people who were so generous and loving and outreach of support that has a lot of gravity to me.”
His appreciation for University of Illinois neurosurgery and friendship with the medical community has grown as well. Leone said to thank UI neurosurgeon Dr. Sergey Neckrysh for saving his life, he took him to a Van Halen concert. Leone says of Dr. Neckrysh, “we’ve become amazing friends”.
Overcoming a serious assault which Leone miraculously survived has changed his perspective on life ““These things trivialize all of the nonsense you put up with every day….without seeing the big picture. What really matters at the end of the day the people you love and the moments that you have”. It’s more experience under our belt.”
Leone is now an ambassador for a charity called Sweet Relief. SweetRelief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Leone also has a new book coming out called “Lila, the Divine Game”. For more information about Matt Leone’s book or just to follow the band log onto www.Madinalake.com. Leone is not only a survivor but his experience has taught us that the assault did not sap his initiative; but it has strengthened him.