En su cuenta de Instagram, en la que ha publicado una fotografía que reza ‘En memoria de nuestro compañero Pedro, te recordaremos siempre’, ha explicado que quince minutos antes de que subieran al escenario la banda supo que la Policía había comunicado a la organización que era necesario esperar por problemas de seguridad. Algo que, según ha escrito, vio como una cuestión habitual que puede ocurrir en cualquier espectáculo.
El accidente ocurrió cerca del escenario principal, en el descanso entre las actuaciones de Alt-J y Green Day, sobre las 23:00 horas, cuando sonaba en los altavoces de la Caja Mágica ‘Purple Rain’ y las cámaras ofrecían en directo en una pantalla gigante la actuación de Aunión.
Armstrong ha reiterado que la banda no hubiera actuado porque no son “gente descorazonada” y ha destacado: “La seguridad y el bienestar en cualquiera de nuestros conciertos es absolutamente lo primero”.
Tras trasladar su pésame y solidaridad por la muerte de Aunión al inicio de su post en la red social, ha relatado que la banda esperó como se les había indicado y que, mientras tanto, no tuvieron indicio ni conocimiento alguno de que había ocurrido un accidente.
El líder de Green Day ha aclarado que cuando supieron sobre ello la banda se mostró “incrédula”. “No sé por qué las autoridades decidieron no contarnos el accidente antes del concierto”, se ha preguntado, y ha señalado que un hecho así nunca ha ocurrido en los 30 años que lleva la banda actuando en conciertos.
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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.