An acrobat has died while performing a feat prior to Green Day’s headling set at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain.
The band has responded to backlash, after taking to the stage and performing only minutes after the deadly accident happened.
The band later posted a statement to their website that read, “We are so sad for Pedro and his family and we pray for them in this time of grief.”
Armstrong insists they were not made aware of Pedro’s death, until after their performance. “We had no clue there was any such accident”, he says adding that the band was only told there was a “security issue” and were not made aware of any specifics. Something Armstrong says is normal.
Had they known, Armstrong adds that they likely would not have performed, “we are not heartless people,” Armstrong says, adding, “the safety and well being at any of our concerts absolutely comes first. What happened to Pedro is unthinkable. Once again we are heartbroken for his friends and family. We are also shocked and heartbroken for anyone that had to witness this tragedy.”
Acrobat Pedro Aunión Monroy performed an aerial stunt 100ft off the ground from inside a box that was suspended from a crane. Although he was wearing a harness, Monroy plunged to the ground in front of 35,000 stunned festival goers.
Paramedics were on scene, but the 42-year-old died from injuries sustained in the fall.
Obviously traumatized, the festival audience criticised the band for taking to the stage following the deadly accident and The Daily Mirror reported that people even walked out in protest.
British actor Adrian Randle wrote: “I couldn’t in good faith stay to watch Green Day perform after that. Thoughts go out to the family of the performer.”
In a statement, Mad Cool organizers defended their decision to continue on despite the crowd witnessing a deadly accident.
The translated statement reads, “Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident that the aerial dancer suffered during the second day of the festival. For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming,” organizers wrote. “We send our most sincere condolences to all his family. Tomorrow Saturday 8, during the festival, we will render a heartfelt tribute to the artist.”
The cause of the performer’s death is being investigated.