Green Day has issued a statement after they performed at Madrid's Mad Cool Festival shortly after an acrobat plunged to his death.
"Many of you are wondering why we continued to play our show after the accident. Green Day did not hear about the accident until after our show was over. We didn't even know there was an acrobat performance at all," a statement on Billie Joe Armstrong's website read.
Acrobat Pedro Aunión Monroy plunged 100 feet during a between-sets stunt that involved an illuminated box suspended by a crane. Monroy died from his injuries soon after. "All of us were in disbelief. I don't know why the authorities chose not to tell us about the accident before our concert. All we know is what was said after our concert. This has never happened in the 30 years Green Day have been performing live. If we had known prior to our performance we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heartless people."
"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."
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