Newswire: Green Day releases statement about playing festival set after death of acrobat

On Friday, before Green Day’s show at the Mad Cool Festival in Spain, an acrobat named Pedro Aunión Monroy fell while performing a stunt between sets and later died from his injuries. After a delay, Green Day took the stage as planned, and now frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has explained that he and the rest of the band had no idea that a man had just died until after they were done playing.

This comes from Consequence Of Sound, which reports that Green Day has released an official statement on its website explaining what happened and expressing its condolences for Monroy. Armstrong says that festivals like Mad Cool are “huge,” and they didn’t even know there were acrobat performances at all because they were warming up in a “backstage compound” that was “a half mile away” from the main stage. Before they were supposed to leave this backstage …

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