Matthew Leone Plays the Metro!


On April 23, Matthew Leone will play the Metro on April 23, 2011. Matthew will join his band Madina Lake onstage! Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, March 5th, at Noon.

Last summer, Madina Lake bassist 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. Even though the attacker was twice his size, Matthew immediately intervened and managed to subdue the attacker, but as he waited for police to arrive, the attacker suddenly turned on Matthew, beating him severely. Metro hosted a benefit concert for Matthew last summer with the Smashing Pumpkins and Kill Hannah, and the Chicago music community rallied around Matthew and the Leone family. Gradually, in the intervening months, Matthew began to get better, his spirits lifted by the outpouring of love from fans and the music community.

Having not performed together in 10 months, Madina Lake have picked themselves up, dusted off and are ready for battle. Before them lies the release of the new record, Dresden Codex, and the news that two new songs will appear in the final edition of the award winning Guitar Hero franchise. Most of all, the band looks forward to a moment that seemed so far away last summer – their first stateside show back with Matthew, a celebratory performance at their home, the Metro in Chicago on April 23rd.

Saturday, April 23: ON SALE THIS SATURDAY 3/5 @ NOON:
$11 adv. – $13 day of / ALL AGES / Doors: 6:00PM / Show: 6:30PM


Chiditarod 2011 – Call to Arms!

Chiditarod: n. the annual Chicago-based phenomenon that combines elements of the Alaskan Iditarod with Chicago’s finest brand of debaucherous social activism. One part food drive, one part pub-crawl, one part costumed race, all parts radtacular.

It’s that time of year again! On March 5th come out and join us for Chiditarod VI. I won’t be in the race this year but I will be tagging along to witness all the great mushers & their sabotage pranks.

Here are is how you can register or volunteer for the largest mobile food drive:
RACE: Team registration:
VOLUNTEER: Volunteer registration: