The band want to help move the inquiry along...
Pearl Jam will next week meet with DANISH authorities investigating the ROSKILDE tragedy of June 30 in a bid to move the inquiry along.
A spokesperson for the band confirmed that, as stated in a posting on Pearl Jam‘s website [a][/a], the meeting would take place in the US.
However, he said at present no further details were being released as to which members of Pearl Jam and their management would be present or where the meeting would take place.
In the statement the band said they were “eager to participate fully with the ongoing investigation of the tragedies that occurred”. They added: “We now look forward to finally meeting with investigators next week in the US. We feel strongly that all aspects that may have contributed to the deaths and injuries at the Festival be identified and examined from every angle and we will participate in every way possible to make sure that this occurs.
“We owe it to everyone that has been impacted – all of those we lost, all of those who loved them, all of those who were injured and all of the fans who attend our performances – to learn about all factors that might have contributed to the Roskilde tragedies so that steps can be taken to prevent future tragedies of this nature.”
Attached to the statement was a letter from Roskilde police department’s Commissioner Kornerup which claimed that media reports that the police held Pearl Jam “morally responsible” for the deaths of nine concert goers and that they also said the band had “whipped the crowd into a frenzy” were not true. He blamed poor translation from a July 14 interim report on events for the mix-up.
“The quotation that the police stated that Pearl Jam ‘appealed for violent behaviour’ is due to an incorrect translation of the Danish text,” he said. “What was written was that according to some sources the band is known almost to appeal to the audience to behave in an uninhibited way.”
The commissioner also stressed that the enquiry was not a criminal investigation and was in no way intended “to make anybody responsible in a criminal case”.