NEWS: Smashing Pumpkins perform benefit concert for Madina Lake bassist!

Smashing Pumpkins will perform a benefit concert next Tuesday, July 27th at Chicago’s Metro to raise money for medical care for Matthew Leone, bassist for Chicago band Madina Lake. Earlier this month, Matthew Leone was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband. Alleged suspect Justin Pivec is currently charged with Aggravated Battery Causing Serious Bodily Harm and out on bail pending a forthcoming hearing.

Tickets will go on sale July 21st at noon – full ticketing information is below. Support will come from Kill Hannah.

There will be a raffle for tickets. Individuals can enter the raffle as many times as they wish for $10 each entry. Each winner will receive two tickets to the concert. Tickets are not transferable and winners must show ID matching their raffle entry. Raffle tickets will be available for sale through Metro website only beginning July 21st at noon at The raffle will end at 2pm on July 24th, and winners will be notified via email at 5pm on the same day.

There will also be a very limited amount of balcony VIP tickets put onsale for those fans who want to make a larger donation and ensure entry into this special event for $100 each. Balcony VIP tickets will go on sale July 21st at noon.

Additionally, a limited amount of soundcheck VIP tickets will be available for $500 each. The soundcheck VIP event (approximately 30 minutes), set for the late afternoon, includes a meet and greet/photo with Smashing Pumpkins and merchandise items, plus a seat at a table in the balcony for the show; this package is priced at $500 per person. Soundcheck VIP tickets will be available July 21st at noon at

All proceeds from the raffle and concert will go to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a non-profit organization and provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

Stay tuned to for full info on fundraising for Matthew Leone.

We here at DEAD PRESS! wish him a full and swift recovery.