El pasado viernes fallecía trágicamente el artista Pedro Aunión tras precipitarse al vacío. Ayer mismo, tras las críticas a la organización del festival por no manifestarse hasta varias horas después y hacerlo con un escueto comunicado, el Mad Cool extendió ese comunicado hasta diez puntos explicando por qué no se cancelaron conciertos ni se reveló la identidad del artista.

No obstante, todavía se tenían dudas sobre esa actuación de Green Day que transcurrió con normalidad (tras cierto retraso) y por qué los de Billie Joe Armstrong no cancelaron su concierto como sí hicieron, por ejemplo, los británicos Slowdive. Por ello, ha sido el líder de la agrupación californiana la que ha emitido un comunicado a través de su propio Instagram explicando que “si lo hubiéramos sabido antes de salir a tocar muy probablemente no lo hubiéramos hecho. No somos personas sin corazón”.

Este es el comunicado extraído de la publicación de Instagram:

Muchos de vosotros os preguntáis por qué salimos a tocar después del accidente. Green Day no supimos lo que había sucedido hasta que terminó nuestro concierto. Ni siquiera sabíamos que había una performance de acróbatas, estos festivales son enormes. […] 15 minutos antes nuestro tour manager fue advertido por las autoridades locales de que había un problema de seguridad. Pero este tipo de problemas son algo bastante corriente en cualquier concierto. Pero nadie nos dijo qué había pasado. Nos dieron el OK y la banda saltamos a la furgoneta que nos llevó al escenario principal. Este iba a ser el último concierto de nuestra gira europea y estábamos felices de salir a tocar. […] No sé por qué las autoridades decidieron no decirnos lo que había ocurrido antes de nuestro concierto. Todo lo que sé ahora mismo es que nos informaron después de nuestro show. Esto nunca nos había pasado en los 30 años que llevamos tocando. Si lo hubiéramos sabido antes de salir a tocar muy probablemente no lo hubiéramos hecho. No somos personas sin corazón. La seguridad y el bienestar en cualquiera de nuestros conciertos es lo primero. Lo que le ocurrió a Pedro es impensable. Reiteramos que estamos devastados por sus amigos y familiares.

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.

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