Radiohead have paid tribute to their drum technician, Scott Johnson who was killed in an accident this weekend. The 33-year-old, died on Saturday afternoon (16th June) when the roof of the stage at Downsview Park in Toronto collapsed ahead of the band’s show. Scroll down the page and click to view footage, shot from a helicopter, of the aftermath.
Radiohead drummer Philip Selway posted a message on the band’s official website. He said:
“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.”
Mr Johnson, from Doncaster, had also worked with Keane and White Lies.
Three other people are believed to have been injured in the accident, and Canadian authorities are due to begin an investigation into the cause of the stage collapse as soon as the structure and the surrounding area have been made safe. The stage collapsed an hour before the gates opened to the public and queues were already forming outside the venue. Emergency crews were quick on the scene and the area was evacuated. The victims were all part of the team setting up equipment.
Footage of the collapsed stage: