GREEN DAY DEFENDS PLAYING GIG AFTER DEATH OF ACROBAT
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. ●●●