GREEN DAY DE­FENDS PLAY­ING GIG AF­TER DEATH OF AC­RO­BAT

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Eric Reed, In­vi­sion file The Wash­ing­ton Post

Green Day took the stage shortly af­ter an ac­ro­bat’s deadly fall in front of the crowd at a Madrid mu­sic fes­ti­val — but band mem­bers had been un­aware of what hap­pened un­til af­ter their 2½-hour set, ac­cord­ing to front­man Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong.

“This has never hap­pened in the 30 years Green Day have been per­form­ing live,” Arm­strong said Sun­day in a state­ment posted to the band’s web­site. “If we had known prior to our per­for­mance, we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heart­less peo­ple.”

Pe­dro Au­nion Mon­roy had been per­form­ing an aerial stunt in­side of a cube be­ing raised by a crane when he fell 100 feet in front of tens of thou­sands of peo­ple at the Mad Cool Fes­ti­val. The 42-yearold died while be­ing treated for his in­juries.

About 15 min­utes be­fore Green Day’s sched­uled start, lo­cal author­i­ties told them to wait “be­cause there was some sort of se­cu­rity is­sue,” not an ab­nor­mal oc­cur­rence at fes­ti­vals. Then they were cleared to play. ●●●

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