In a tragic turn of events this past Friday, July 7, 42-year-old stuntman Pedro Aunión Monroy fell to his death just moments before Green Day took the stage at Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain.
Now the punk rock trio is receiving backlash for continuing their performance, but according to Rolling Stone the band was unaware of the man’s fate until after their headlining set.
The band tweeted a heartfelt statement that same night, which read: “We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news. A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
A festival goer named Javier Erquiga had tweeted to the band soon after the acrobat’s accident saying, “Ashamed of you. An artist died just 20 meters from you and you still play. Worst band on the planet.’
Adrian Randle, an actor from England, also tweeted: “I couldn’t in good faith stay to watch Green Day perform after that. Thoughts go out to the family of the performer.”
During one of Monroy’s acts between festivals sets, which consisted of staged confinement in a translucent glowing box that floated above a crowd of 35,000 people, he fell more than 100 feet. While paramedics quickly arrived to the scene of the accident, the stuntman died shortly after, though the exact causes of the accident are still under investigation.
Green Day is not alone in the backlash, as Mad Cool Events are also receiving negative kickback from their decision to continue with the festival.
In a statement posted on the events official webpage, organizers said, “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.”
Photos: Getty/Mad Cool