A stage collapse in Toronto caused Radiohead to cancel a concert there Sunday after the band’s drum technician was killed and three other crew members were injured.
Scott Johnson, a British music technician who was traveling with the band, was pronounced dead at the scene after the stage collapsed, trapping him underneath the rubble. Two other crew members were treated at the scene, while another man was hospitalized due to a head injury.
The band posted the following statement on their website:
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.
Other bands like Keane and Portishead joined in extending their condolences. East Sussex band Johnson expressed their sentiments in an interview with the BBC. “[Scott] was the cheerful, dependable guy you could always turn to, who lifted the spirits of everyone around him. We can’t believe he’s gone.”
An investigation is being conducted into the matter, as officials try to figure out exactly what happened with the help of a few engineers. Among some of the key points being questioned is whether safety regulations and standards were being followed properly.
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The concert at Toronto’s Downsview Park was sold out, with more than 40,000 tickets sold. Fans are being offered refunds for the canceled show. Mike Kensey, a spectator near the stage, told the Associated Press what he witnessed. “It was like fireworks went off and then boom, the stage just crumbled to the ground in a matter of seconds. I had never really seen anything like it.”
Other fans, such as Joseph McGuire, who drove from as far as Warren, Michigan, to attend the concert, were disappointed but understood the situation. “I couldn’t imagine the chaos and even great potential injuries and possible deaths had it happened during the concert.”