At the end of their recent UK tour, MADINA LAKE vocalist Nathan Leone sat down with Rock Sound and chatted candidly about the events surrounding the brutal attack on his brother (and Madina Lake bassist) Matthew Leone.
“There are some horrific things he experienced that I can never repeat, it’s impossible to explain. When you have a twin brother who is your best friend and soulmate and you never spend two seconds apart, to have that person not recognise you for two or three days after surgery, to not know where he was or what was going on with him, it was the ultimate torture.”
Nathan continued, ““When he eventually recognised me it was indescribable. It was this incredibly bitter, amazingly sweet moment as I knew he was missing a third of his skull but he didn’t and I didn’t want to tell him, I wanted to protect him from that as long as possible. He was on all kinds of meds and in critical care but he just kept saying, ‘What happened? Can’t we just get some stitches and get out of here?’”
Nathan goes on to explain that due to the extent of the injuries and the amount of treatment required- which included two surgeries on his brain- the medical bill could amount to half a million dollars.
“The way the music community has come together to support him has been mindblowing and humbling, we’re so lucky and grateful. To have someone like Billy Corgan doing what he did, people are coming forward from everywhere and being amazing. But, I must say, it touches us just as much when someone donates their last dollar or just sends well wishes and supports Matthew in a statement against domestic violence. The response internationally has been crazy… The Pumpkins raised so much money, the Sweet Relief level is up really high too and there are some other really big things coming up too. We’ll raise a ton of money, and it’s so fucking beautiful.”
Read the full interview AT THIS LOCATION.
Late last week, Matthew himself updated his online blog. Titled ‘Matthew to earth, come in earth…’ the bassist describes what he can remember of that night, the days that followed and thanks everyone for their love and support.
“After word got out about what had happened, you began an unprecedented ground swell of light and love. Apply the “butterfly effect” theory… Your thoughts and energies transcended time and space and filled up the Intensive Care Unit with a radiant glowing vibration that brought me right back into this goofy vessel of mine…“Thank You” is the only expression that comes close to what I want to say to you guys. Take that, multiply it by what you think is the highest number in the world, and then you’ll be close to understanding how i feel….I love you guys with every ounce of my being.”
Point your mouse HERE to read the full blog and find out how Matthew is getting along.
If you would like to donate something to Matthew, then click on the Sweet Relief widget below. Everything helps! As well as the donations, there are also online auctions, with items being added constantly and some amazing memorabilia, events, experiences and more up for grabs, with ALL proceeds going to Matthew’s fund.