Popular rock band Green Day is currently under fire for taking to stage to perform only moments after a man fell to his death at one of their concerts.
On Saturday evening, Pedro
Shortly after Monroy's death, Green Day took to the stage and played their set. Afterward, they came under heavy criticism for not canceling their performance.
However, Billie Joe Armstrong, the band's singer, released a statement explaining that they were not aware of Monroy's death when they went out, and they been, they likely would have canceled, and he added, "We are not heartless people. The safety and
Armstrong started his statement by detailing the series of events, and then said, "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."
He then clarified their unawareness by explaining, "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."
At the end of his statement, Armstrong wrote, "What happened to Pedro is unthinkable. Once again we are heartbroken for his friends and family. and we are also shocked and heartbroken for anyone that had to witness this tragedy."