From The Stage To The Hospital And A Courageous Return To The Stage With Purpose: The Story Of Charity Bomb And Strange 90s Nashville

From The Stage To The Hospital And A Courageous Return To The Stage With Purpose: The Story Of Charity Bomb And Strange 90s Nashville

Back in 2010, Matthew Leone, the bassist for rock band Madina Lake, could have never imagined the turn his life would take. Leone was in Chicago at the time when he heard a woman screaming for help and spotted her being attacked by a man with blood clearly visible. He knew that he had to do something to help in this dire situation.

Matthew Leone was able to subdue the attacker, but while he was calling the police, the man managed to free himself and brutally attacked the unsuspecting bassist leaving him with a fractured skull, broken nose, and fractured jaw. He ended up in the hospital in a coma for several days after that where doctors removed one-third of his skull to deal with the swelling he incurred from the beating. It took him several months to recover from his injuries.

Turns out, it was a domestic situation between a husband and wife after he accused her of cheating. Surprisingly, he was found not guilty in court. Something that could very easily turn anyone negative considering everything that that Leone went through and how his life had been effected.

After recovering from his injuries and dealing with this life-changing event, Leone had a new-found appreciation for life and a desire to make a difference by focusing on doing something positive. It was from this that Leone co-founded Charity Bomb with his twin brother, Nathan (lead singer of Madina Lake) and a lifelong friend in 2018.

Charity Bomb is an unconventional, disruptive charitable organization that marries passion, innovation and hard work to fundraise and produce custom benefit events for a variety of causes and charities.

From Charity Bomb, Strange 80s was launched in Los Angeles last year. Now, they are set to launch Strange 90s in Nashville tomorrow night.

Strange 90s Nashville—a benefit concert presented by Charity Bomb and AEG Presents.  Strange 90s Nashville will feature a confluence of musicians, songwriters, country artists and rock stars collaborating to perform the anthems of this golden decade in a real-life recreation of the era. Confirmed performers include Jeffrey Steele, Ira Dean (Trick Pony), Matt Warren, James Otto and Dez Dickerson (The Revolution), Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), Jennie Vee (Eagles of Death Metal), Nick Wheeler (The All American Rejects), A.Jay & Jeremy Popoff (Lit) and more.

In addition to once in a lifetime performances, the evening will feature amazing opportunities for concert-goers to time warp back to the 90s complete with Tony Hawk Pro-Skater 360 Virtual Reality Experiences, Saved By the Bell pop-up Diner, Vans Skate ramps, iconic 90’s accessories and costume giveaways, live graffiti walls and more. 

Doors open at 630pm, show begins at 8pm on Saturday, November 23rd at Marathon Music Works near downtown Nashville. For tickets, go to where currently offering 2 for 1 tickets.

All proceeds will go to Nashville organization The Beat of Life, providing therapeutic songwriting and music programs with the most talented musicians teaching children and inmates how to write and perform music as a preventive and coping mechanism. 

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