Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has issued a statement after a 42-year-old acrobat named Pedro Aunion Monroy fell about 100 feet to his death prior to the band's headlining performance at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain on Friday. Green Day has been criticized for not canceling its set.
He explains that Green Day were in an artist compound about a half mile from the stage and unaware of the incident before they went on. He says, "Everything seemed normal. The crowd and fans had a good time." After playing for two and a half hours, they drove back to the compound. Only then did they hear about Monroy's death.
He says that if they'd been told about it before the show, they probably would not have played, and wonders "why the authorities chose" not to inform them. He adds that they were unaware an acrobat was on the festival's bill.
Armstrong expressed the band's sorrow "for Pedro and his family" and offered prayers for them "in this time of grief." Armstrong says the band is "also shocked and heartbroken for anyone that had to witness this tragedy."