Billie Joe Armstrong defends Green Day after acrobat died on set

Green Day insists the band had no idea an acrobat died during a show in Madrid Friday night until after the performance was over.

Pedro Aunion Monroy died after falling nearly 100 feet when his harness snapped during the Mad Cool festival.

Thousands witnessed the accident, which occurred as Green Day was taking the stage, but the show was delayed only briefly.

Billie Joe Armstrong insisted that the band had no idea about the incident amid complaints from fans.

Acrobat plunges to his death moments before Green Day performance

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Pedro Aunion Monroy died after falling nearly 100 feet when his harness snapped during the Mad Cool festival.

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“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,” the lead singer said in a statement.

“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.”

Monroy, 42, was a Spanish national who lived in Brighton, England, and worked as a self-employed massage therapist out of The Grand Hotel Brighton.

Medics spent half an hour trying to revive Monroy.

(KIKO HUESCA/EPA)

“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,” Armstrong wrote.

Acrobat who died in festival fall sent tragic final messages

“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.”

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