Madina Lake to honour UK tour dates despite attack on bassist

Band will not hire new bassist as Matthew Leone recovers from assault

Madina Lake will continue their scheduled UK tour without Matthew Leone after he was violently assaulted last week (July 1).

The bassist’s twin brother, singer Nathan, has said the band will honour their upcoming performances, including the Sonisphere Festival.

“We decided last night that we’re going to commit to playing them, and we’re not going to hire a bass player to fill in,” Nathan explained. “Instead, if it’s possible, we’re going to try to have Matthew record his bass tracks here, and then run them when we play. We don’t want anyone to take his place.”


Matthew was beaten in Chicago after intervening in a domestic dispute. As of now he has been temporarily released from the hospital but is scheduled for further brain surgery July 16.

The attacker, 33-year-old Justin Pivec, allegedly left Matthew with a broken nose, a fractured skull, and a broken jaw. One-third of his skull had to be removed to reduce the swelling in his brain, but his doctors are hoping for a successful reapplication at his upcoming surgery.

It has also been revealed that neither Matthew nor Nathan have medical insurance. Friends and fans have already donated more than $12,000 (£800), and plans are in place for a global online charity auction.

Madina Lake will pay the following:

Knebworth Sonisphere Festival (Aug 1)
Cardiff Barfly (2)
Kingston New Slang Hippodrome (3)
London Barfly (4)
York The Duchess (5)
Poole Chords (6)
Newquay Boardmasters Festival (7)
Folkstone Hevy Festival (8)


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