|The Smashing Pumpkins 3.0|
Metro, Chicago, IL 07/27/2010
- $500 for VIP seating during the show, merchandise, a sneak preview with the band during their soundcheck, and a picture with the band.
- $100 for VIP seating only during the show.
- $10 for a pair of tickets to the show done via raffle.
The one thing that did irk me a little bit was the stage banter from KH and SP regarding how "Chicago came together to support one of their own" and how "we should be proud of what we've given to Matt". Don't get me wrong. I plan to write off my donation to charity at the end of the year. I was there to see the might SP play, and inadvertently gave my money to help Matt out. My intention wasn't to be charitable per se. So, I'm not going to try to justify my attendance at the show as a sign of good father but rather as a sign of my selfish want of seeing my favorite band of all time play in a small venue. Maybe they were doing this rallying to get people to give more which I guess is fine within itself, but I found it funny that people were cheering for themselves as if they were there to truly support Matt.
Let me restate this: 96% to 98% of us there were there for the same reason - to enjoy SP; not to give Matt our money; not the watch Kill Hannah, not get all hot and sweaty with 1200 other mofos to get closer to the stage. If SP wasn't there driving this effort, this wouldn't have been a big deal enough to see Gov. Pat Quinn swing by to declare it Matt Leone Day. It's a farce to think any other way.
Another Matt Leone benefit show is being put on by a ton of bands on August 21st. Will this make the news? I hope so. Will it be the smash I attended? Probably not.
Note: I wish no ill-will towards Matt and hope he does recover from his injuries quite soon. I have a lot of respect for what he did for I probably wouldn't have done the same. To donate to his benefit, please visit http://www.sweetrelief.com.