Bassist 'is on his way to recovery', singer tells NME
Madina Lake singer Nathan Leone has shed light on his brother and bassist Matthew‘s condition following a violent street attack last June in Chicago that left him hospitalised.
Speaking about Matthew‘s current condition in a video interview with NME from Sonisphere festival, where the band played yesterday (August 1), Nathan thanked fans, friends and other bands who have come forward to help with the bassist’s medical bills.
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“My brother’s recently been through some difficult times,” Nathan explained. “It’s been an impossible situation for a month and I’ve seen some things and gone through some things that I’d never wish upon my worst enemy. But most importantly, he’s survived a second significant surgery and is on his way to recovery.”
He added that the family “won’t know for up to a year what time of long-term effect a kind of trauma like that can have”.
The bassist was allegedly attacked after stopping to help a woman who was in a domestic dispute. After settling the argument, one of the suspected assailants reportedly turned on him, and, according to Nathan, “sucker punched him”.
The alleged assailant has been named as Justin Pivec. He has been charged with aggravated battery causing serious bodily harm.
A fundraising show by The Smashing Pumpkins in Chicago last week is said to have raised around $60,000 (£38,000) for the musician, according to Examiner.com.
Rammstein and Iron Maiden were among the bands who played Sonisphere, which took place at Knebworth on July 31 and August 1.