Madina Matt Voted Hero Of The Year

Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone has been voted hero of the year by readers of Kerrang magazine.

Madina Matt Voted Hero Of The Year
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Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone has been voted hero of the year by readers of Kerrang magazine. The musician was nearly killed in his home city of Chicago in July when he intervened while Justin Pivec, 33, was assaulting his wife. He's spent months in hospital and had to have part of his skull removed. Pivec was later charged with attempted murder while Leone later revealed he'd been 15 minutes from death. And while the band can only hope to get things back to normal in the future, Leone says fan support has meant everything to him. He tells Kerrang: Being called a hero' is pretty awkward but to hear your words and snatch your killer vibes is inspiring and profoundly appreciated. A man beating a woman is the ultimate cowardice. If you're a victim, don't tolerate it you're better than that. I must admit: being recognised for getting my ass kicked is kind of enjoyable! In October Leone revealed how close to death he'd been, explaining: I had a few flatlines on the operating table. The surgeons sawed my dome open because I had extreme internal brain haemorrhaging. The first surgery removed a third of my skull to allow for brain swelling. In the second surgery they put my lid back on and drilled it in with titanium. I also had some oral surgeries as a result of my dislocated jaw. You get to a point where you're so vulnerable and weak that you almost want to say, Fuck it!' and throw down your hand. But having the fans' support kept me so happy and surrounded by love. There was no way I was going anywhere. Thanks for the report to RockAAA.com.

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    Conformist wrote: Well deserved. I'm waiting for UG to post who got Villain of the year in kerrang. They post about him every other sodding second.
    Dave Mustaine, just because.
    Suitepee7 wrote: i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish...
    I cannot belive your ignorance, yes, he is a surviour, but the fact he risked himself to save another and ended up in hospital because of it shows a true man, this is more than 95% the population of this site would do (admit it, most of UG wouldnt have the balls) and this is a guy who writes "music for pussies" Now I don't like the band, but this is just pure proof that the human race still has some decent people somewhere, and if anything, I would give him the award for that alone for making me realise that, never mind what i would give him for the actual event as a whole.
    deathofagod
    Y'see, I thought that he stopped a guy from assaulting his own wife, which led me to think "what has happened to humanity if someone is commended for doing this? It should just be a given that a person would save his own wife anyways" until I realised he helped a stranger, that's cool, but again, this is what everyone should do, but a lot of people are selfishly content cowards. It's a shame, hopefully people being awarded for this behaviour will lead people to follow though.
    Sladey
    Really don't like their music. Generic sound, generic lyrics. But he really is a hero. I bet the majority of people wouldn't intervene so drastically..
    theogonia777
    Gyoung1991 wrote: Gummy132 wrote: Don't like their music at all, but this guy restored my faith in humanity +1
    make that +2 this guy did a good thing. if only more people would do stuff like that, then the world would be a better place. and it's refreshing to see a good deed done my a musician, as famous musicians are generally known to be *****s. it's just good to know there are some that aren't. i don't like the music, but i wish him the best of luck and hope he's better soon.
    Bananaman1jovan
    never heard of this guy but this guy must have great parents, this is how a man is supposed to act
    kkhannah1170
    I can say that if I saw that happening on the street, I would probably just call the cops, because I am a coward. Matt, on the other hand, is the opposite, whatever that may be. Anyways, if more people were as courageous and selfless as him, the world would probably be a better place.
    harpcicle
    I doubt he really needs that tabloid pop shite Kerrwank to confirm he's a hero, any half decent human being protecting someone from harm will always be heroic. Good to see him back on his feet though
    DifferentWorld
    By day, he's a bass player in a shitty band. By night, he solves crime. It's like the set up to a terrible Dark Horse one-shot. But in a good way! The guy really does deserve this.
    Hells.Mascot
    Gummy132 wrote: fede01_4 wrote: What about Bono? he saves the world everyday Bono doesn't save anyone, every time he claps his hands a child dies
    hanselrocks1
    Gummy132 wrote: fede01_4 wrote: What about Bono? he saves the world everyday Bono doesn't save anyone, every time he claps his hands a child dies
    i LOL'd
    BwareDWare94
    Can't say I'm a fan of the band, but of this man, I will always have respect. He is absolutely tiny too. They opened for Anberlin and I don't think there's a band member who's over 5'9. He's got to be about 5'6 and maybe 150 pounds soaking wet.
    Amuro Jay
    Checked, and, now that most UGers are sleeping by now, I can safely admit to liking this band >.>
    shwilly
    Bananaman1jovan wrote: never heard of this guy but this guy must have great parents, this is how a man is supposed to act
    Perhaps, but remember that a lot of the most awesome people in music today have had a very difficult youth, which is why they have really strive to be better people and make something of themselves. Not surprisingly, many of 'em make for great parents
    Zell182
    Just to be different I do like Madina Lake and Matt is definitely a hero.
    LinkinParkOakle
    This band has the best side stories. They funded their recording by winning fear factor, and now a hero.
    Suitepee7
    i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish...
    hugh20
    Kudos, I may dislike the music, but what he did was brave as ****.
    Gummy132
    Don't like their music at all, but this guy restored my faith in humanity
    Gyoung1991
    Gummy132 wrote: Don't like their music at all, but this guy restored my faith in humanity
    +1
    Conformist
    Well deserved. I'm waiting for UG to post who got Villain of the year in kerrang. They post about him every other sodding second.
    Mitchell4441
    seriously he is a good guy. im not a fan of madina lake, but this guy deserves the hero of the year award. atta boy.
    Gummy132
    fede01_4 wrote: What about Bono? he saves the world everyday
    Bono doesn't save anyone, every time he claps his hands a child dies
    Zeletros
    Suitepee7 wrote: i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish...
    Would you as a successful musician with good life, risk your life for this? and I'm not saying you're a successful musician, I'm asking whether you'd do such a thing if you WERE
    benonbass1
    Suitepee7 wrote: i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish...
    He risked his own life to save a stranger, hence hero. I'm glad he's okay, and the award seems very fitting.
    Amuro Jay
    Suitepee7 wrote: i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish...
    I don't think getting beat up is what makes him a hero. I think the fact that he stopped a man from assaulting his wife is what it's about. I'm beginning to wonder if you read the article or not.
    Suitepee7
    benonbass1 wrote: Suitepee7 wrote: i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish... He risked his own life to save a stranger, hence hero. I'm glad he's okay, and the award seems very fitting.
    right, see that was largely missed out of the article. it never said anything about him saving a stranger. i can now amend my statement, this guy deserves it
    trivium036
    Suitepee7 wrote: benonbass1 wrote: Suitepee7 wrote: i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish... He risked his own life to save a stranger, hence hero. I'm glad he's okay, and the award seems very fitting. right, see that was largely missed out of the article. it never said anything about him saving a stranger. i can now amend my statement, this guy deserves it
    "The musician was nearly killed in his home city of Chicago in July when he intervened while Justin Pivec, 33, was assaulting his wife."
    Pagan_Poetry
    Wow. This is incredible. Most of the people posting so far don't even like the band, and they have nothing but kind words. There are two reasons for this: 1) what he did was heroic indeed. Too many women are being abused by pieces of sh!t every day and he tried to save one of the many, without any fear. The abusive man got what he deserved. 2) He is so humble about it. He isn't like Bono, of whom somebody mentioned earlier (sorry dude) that brags about what he does. He didn't intervene to try to look cool. I'm sure Bono doesn't do things to look cool, but he certainly praises himself for it. As for Matt, kudos buddy. Also not a fan of the music, but this is proof that music, genres, and dress codes do not make a person. This guy seems highly intelligent and down to earth guy. That and he is very courageous.
    RATMRUSH
    Suitepee7 wrote: i don't get it. he got beat up and nearly died, but he didn't. now i'm not bashing him, or disrespecting him or whatever, but getting beat up and living doesn't make you a hero. at the most it makes you a survivor. he actually did nothing other than cling onto life, it is the doctors who saved him, and the doctors who are the heroes. however, this was a vote from kerrang magazine, the magazine which asks musicians their favourite type of pasta dish...
    It's the thought that counts, also getting beaten up for a good cause is heroic if you ask me.
    espChris93
    I love how everyone feels the need to clarify that they don't like the band before congratulating Matt. Who cares? What this guy did is commendable and that's what we're talking about.
    Andragon
    Ohhh I thought it was Matt's wife. I was like, "what's she doing on the streets and not in a kitchen?" .... I keed I keed. Hi-five, Matt. Ya did the right thing.
    SkepsisMetal
    jetfuel495 wrote: Checked, and, now that most UGers are sleeping by now, I can safely admit to liking this band >.>
    Heh, their first album grew on me and they aren't as awful as the amount of hate they get suggests. Still, wouldn't call myself a fan but this guy deserves the recognition as a hero. I've intervened in my share of fights in my time, but I'd always think twice about it, especially in a dark suburb at night somewhere. Clearly Matt is unable to shit bricks and dives right in.