El pasado fin de semana, nos dejó la triste noticia de la muerte de Pedro Aunión Monroy, acróbata que estaba actuando en una jaula suspendida en las alturas en el festival Mad Cool de Madrid el pasado 7 de julio. Aunque iba sujeto a unos arnés en las caderas, cayó desde una altura cercana a los 30 metros. Los sanitarios intentaron reanimarlo durante 10 minutos, todo fue en vano. Las causas de este accidente se están investigando. Fue minutos antes de la actuación del cabeza de cartel de la jornada, GREEN DAY.

Envueltos en el debate sobre si la organización tendría que haber suspendido los conciertos, GREEN DAY ha hablado por boca de su cantante Billie Joe Armstrong, a través de su cuenta de Instagram. Acompañando una foto del homenaje a Pedro Aunión Monroy en el mismo festival, comentaba el cantante norteamericano que  “Si lo hubiéramos sabido antes no habríamos tocado. No somos gente sin corazón”.

“Ni siquiera sabíamos que había una performance de acróbatas. Estos festivales son enormes. Estábamos calentando a las 11.25 de la noche. Quince minutos antes las autoridades locales le dijeron a nuestro manager que teníamos que esperar para salir porque había un problema de seguridad, algo normal que suele ocurrir en cualquier espectáculo… No nos dijeron que aquello no era normal”.

GREEN DAY se dieron cuenta del alcance de dicho accidente que “No sé por qué las autoridades decidieron no informarnos sobre lo sucedido. Es la primera vez que nos ocurre algo así en los 30 años que Green Day lleva encima de los escenarios. Si lo hubiéramos sabido antes no habríamos tocado. No somos gente sin corazón. Para nosotros la seguridad es lo primero en nuestros conciertos. Lo que le ocurrió a Pedro es impensable. Una vez más damos el pésame a su familia y amigos”.

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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También a través de Twitter, la banda al completo le ha rendido homenaje a Pedro Aunión Monroy: