Wednesday, July 7, 2010

LLadies Love: Matthew Leone

Last week, Madina Lake bassist, Matthew Leone was brutally beaten after he came to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted by her husband on the streets of Chicago. Matthew's assailant, Justin Pivec left Matthew unconscious and bloodied. Since then, Matthew has had to undergo one surgery to remove a third of his skull, to relieve the swelling and bleeding on his brain.

Luckily, Matthew survived and is home. However, like many musicians he lacks health insurance -- which is a situation many Ladies Lotto members can understand. Thankfully, there is a network of people who are fully behind him and they have started to raise funds to help pay for the mounting costs of treatment and a second surgery.

Madina Lake's management is working with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and Pledge Music to raise money to help pay Matthew's hospital bils. Roadrunner Records is soliciting items from bands to auction off, to assist with fundraising efforts. If you are in a band, a collector or management, you can help. Please mail autographed, limited/special edition items to A&R director, and Ladies Lotto member Maria Gonzales. All goods will be forwarded to Roadrunner.

Maria Gonzales

Director, A&R

Bandmerch, LLC

16000 Ventura Blvd

Suite 800
Encino, CA 91604

Violence against women should never be tolerated. We're happy Matthew did the right thing and hope this encourages others to stand up for those who can't protect themselves. This is why LLadies love Matthew Leone. We wish him the best and hope for a speedy recovery so he can return to what he loves and does best -- making music.

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