Danish police are now reportedly blaming Pearl Jam for the trampling death of nine fans at the Roskilde Festival on June 30.
The British music magazine "NME" reports that police delivered a report to the Danish parliament on Monday that charged that Pearl Jam was "morally responsible" for the tragedy by appealing for "violent behavior" from their fans. Authorities also reportedly blame the band for "whipping a crowd into a frenzy" when "the ground was slippery and visibility was poor due to vapor in the air from many thousand people sweating."
Pearl Jam's manager, Kelly Curtis, denied the charges in a statement released late Wednesday. "Pearl Jam are well known for their exciting live shows, but they have never, in their ten-year history of performing, 'appealed for violent behavior,'" Curtis said. "Further, while 'crowd surfing' is an audience 'phenomenon' closely connected with many rock bands who are currently performing, it is not one that is encouraged by
Curtis goes on to state that, "As the band's manager, I find it hard to believe that after all that has transpired, the band's devastation over the tragedies that occurred at the Roskilde Festival during their performance, and their long history of attention to fan safety, that anyone would assign 'moral responsibility' to them. That, I find 'appalling' and ludicrous.... Pearl Jam has always, and will continue to, do everything possible to ensure that their shows, and shows they are a part of, are safe and enjoyable for those who attend."
Over 280 witnesses were reportedly interviewed for the police document, which displaced much of the blame from the event's promoters to Pearl Jam.