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Green Days Billie Joe Armstrong Released Statement After Band Played Set Just Moments After A Performer Fell To His Death

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American punk band Green Day was under fire recently for their actions when they reportedly performed at a festival in Spain just moments after an acrobat tragically fell to his death beside the stage.

The performer, who was suspended in the air inside an illuminated box was performing at the Mad Cool Festival on Friday night when the performers harness broke mid-performance, causing the performer to fall 30 metres to the ground in front of over 35,000 people lined up to see Green Day’s performance.

Following the accident, Green Day took the stage and performed in front of the audience of over 35,000.

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Many have taken to social media to express their feelings on Green Day continuing to perform their set at the festival, even after the horrific sight. However, Green Day state that they were unaware of the incident until after they played their set.

Tweets sent to the band on the matter read:

“Ashamed of you. An artist died just 20 meters from you and you still play. Worst band on the planet.”

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“Im (sic) leaving the Madcool after an acrobat died mid show, and no one in the organisation said anything.”

Mad Cool released a statement defending their decision to continue the festival despite the accident.

“Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident that the aerial dancer suffered during the second day of the festival. For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming. We send our most sincere condolences to all his family. Tomorrow Saturday 8, during the festival, we will render a heartfelt tribute to the artist.”

Footage of the incident was also captured by an audience member. However, out of respect for the participants of the crowd, the performer and his family, we have decided against reposting it.

Since the incident, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has now posted their own update on the matter. He stated:

“Last night at the Mad Cool festival in Spain there was a horrific accident.”

“An acrobat by the name of Pedro was killed during his performance before Green Day played our show. We are so sad for Pedro and his family and we pray for them in this time of grief.”

“I can’t imagine how much suffering the friends and family are going through.”

“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. these festivals are huge. There are so many things happening at the same time it’s impossible to keep up with every performer/artist.”

“We were in a back stage compound about a half mile away from the main festival stage. We were warming up ready to go at 11:25 pm. 15 minutes prior our tour management was told by local authorities to wait to go on stage because there was some sort of security issue. Security issues are a normal occurrence and procedure at any show.. we were NOT told why which is also normal.”

“We waited as we were instructed. Still, We had no clue there was any such accident. We were given the ok. The band jumped into vans and drove to the main festival stage. This was to be the last show of our European tour and we were all so excited to play our hearts out one last time.”

“We were on stage at around midnight and played around two and a half hours. Everything seemed normal. the crowd and fans had a good time. We got off stage and drove back to our artist compound. It was there when we were told the shocking news about Pedro. 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. The safety and well being at any of our concerts absolutely comes first.”

“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.”

As an established Writer and Photographer from Brisbane, Australia, she respects the daily grind, and attempts to lace readers with a mutual love for music of all genre. While respectively being published in So Raspy, Blunt Magazine and Hysteria Magazine, among other blogs throughout her career, She now brings her raw, uncut and informative writing style to The Sickest. Instagram: @carleymariemedia