Radiohead Stage Collapse Kills 1, Injures 3

 

UPDATE: On Sunday, Radiohead drummer Philip Selway posted a statement from the band on the group’s website, reading, “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.”

 

 

Horrible reminder of
2011’s tragedies not attributable to the weather, however.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Yesterday afternoon (June 16) in Toronto a stage at the NXNE
festival being prepared for that night’s Radiohead concert collapsed, killing
one stage worker and severely injuring one other, with two more individual
suffering lesser injuries, CBC News Toronto reports. The gates had been slated
to open at 5pm, with the show starting at 7:30; it was immediately cancelled, and
at approximated 4:19 pm the band tweeted, “Due to unforeseen circumstances
tonight’s at downsview park tonight has been cancelled. Fans are advised not to
make their way to the venue.”

 

33-year old drum tech Scott Johnson, of England, was identified as the dead
man. The CBC News report quotes food vendors who witnessed the disaster as
saying, “We turned around, and the entire top of the stage has just
collapsed. All of the metalwork and all of the screens had just kind of folded
over on top of each other…. It was like watching in slow motion. The top just
came straight down on the right side. The metal was all mangled. I’m staring at
it right now, and it’s not a pretty sight.”

 

It’s estimated that about a thousand people had already gathered outside the
gates. An investigation into the cause of the collapse has been launch but it’s
likely not to be attributed to the weather – unlike similar tragedies of the
2011 summer festival season – as the weather in Toronto at the time was calm.

 

 

 

 

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