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Mad Cool Festival: Green Day Played On After Death

Mad Cool Festival: Green Day Played On After Death

Paramedics attend to aerial dance specialist Pedro Aunión Monroy. (Screengrab of Twitter post)

By    |   Monday, 10 July 2017 12:53 PM

Mad Cool Festival headliner Green Day is under fire for playing on after the death of an acrobat.

Pedro Aunion Monroy plunged to his death Friday during a stunt-gone-wrong that saw the 42-year-old fall from a box hanging around 100 feet from a crane, noted The Independent.

Shortly after the incident, Green Day, unaware of the accident, took to the stage to perform, sparking backlash from members of the public who have called the band and event organisers "insensitive."

In response, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong posted a statement on the band’s website, defending his bandmates.

"Green Day did not hear about the accident until after our show was over," he said. "We didn't even know there was an acrobat performance at all."

Armstrong explained that the band had been in a backstage compound about half a mile away from the main stage when the accident occurred.

"15 minutes prior our tour management was told by local authorities to wait to go on stage because there was some sort of security issue. Security issues are a normal occurrence and procedure at any show… we were NOT told why which is also normal."

Armstron said that, at no point leading up to their show, had the band been informed of the incident.

"If we had known prior to our performance we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heartless people. The safety and wellbeing at any of our concerts absolutely comes first. What happened to Pedro is unthinkable. Once again we are heartbroken for his friends and family."

Festival organizers responded to the incident in a statement on the festival's website: "The decision to not stop the festival immediately was made between the state and local security forces as well as our security management. Mad Cool Festival complied with all the corresponding security measures that are mandatory for the audience, artists and workers at festivals and was prepared for all eventualities. In this situation it was officially deemed unsafe to have a large mass of people moving all at once, with the possibility of violent reactions, due to a sudden cancelation of an event of 45,000 people."

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