Prior to a Radiohead concert last weekend in Toronto, the roof collapsed over the stage injuring three people and taking the life of Radiohead's drum tech Scott Johnson. The band released this statement on their website.
As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show – this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.
The above statement followed an earlier word for their lost friend.
We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott's family and all those close to him.
In the meantime, Ontario's Ministry of Labor is now investigating the stage collapse and four companies involved. These include concert promoter Live Nation and Radiohead road entity Ticker Tape Touring LLC. Pitchfork reports these investigators "have acquired the approved blueprints for the stage set-up."
Radiohead has made one brief statement about the investigation.
Radiohead is unable to comment concerning the stage structure at Downsview Park. As with any performance, whether it be a theatre or an outdoor show like this, Radiohead installs its production into the performance space as provided by the venue and/or promoter.
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