Domingo 9 de julio de 2017
La banda fue notificada de un 'problema de seguridad', pero solo se enteraron del accidente tras su presentación.
Un dramático momento vivió el festival Mad Cool. En la segunda jornada de su versión 2017, el acróbata Pedro Aunión Monroy cayó desde una altura de 28 metros, lo que produjo su muerte en momentos en que se presentaba la banda Alt-J. Minutos después comenzaría el show de Green Day, quienes encabezaban el cartel del evento.
La primera polémica se produjo porque la organización decidió continuar con la jornada. A pesar del personal médico y policial que estaba presente, todo el programa siguió con lo establecido.
"Mad Cool Festival lamenta el terrible accidente que ha sufrido el bailarín aéreo durante la segunda jornada del festival. Por razones de seguridad, el festival decidió continuar con su programación. Mandamos nuestras más sinceras condolencias a toda su familia. Mañana sábado 8, durante el festival, le rendiremos un sentido homenaje al artista", dijo la producción a cargo.
Quienes no se enteraron de lo que había ocurrido, fueron los integrante de Green Day, que saldrían al escenario solo minutos después de la muerte de Pedro. Si bien se les informó de un retraso en el show por motivos de seguridad, cosa que dijeron es habitual, nadie les informó que se debía a una muerte.
"Si lo hubiéramos sabido antes no habríamos tocado", dijo Billie Joe Armstrong, lider de la banda, a través de su cuenta de Instagram, donde lamentó la muerte del acróbata.
"No sé por qué las autoridades decidieron no informarnos de lo sucedido. Es la primera vez que nos ocurre algo así en los 30 años que Green Day lleva encima de los escenarios", agregó Armstrong.
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.