Man Killed After Radiohead Stage Collapses


English alternative-rock band, Radiohead, was forced to cancel a June 16th concert in Toronto after the stage collapsed, killing one man and injuring three others. The sold out event was set to begin just hours after the incident happened around 4:00 in the afternoon. The gates, which were set to open at 5:00 p.m., were an hour away from letting concert-goers into the venue when scaffolding material 50 feet above the stage collapsed unexpectedly. There were several crew members on stage preparing for the show at the time. One man was pinned under the structure as the rest of the people were able to flee away from the scene.

There is still no information regarding why the scaffolding suddenly fell. A food vendor that witnessed the accident described the scene as “chaos” and said “It was like witnessing a car accident. In a situation like that, you just aren’t sure how to react.” The three injured men were taken to the hospital, one suffered from a non-life threatening head injury and the others had minor injuries and were released. The trapped man was identified as drum technician, Scott Johnson, of Doncaster, England. He was pronounced dead at the scene from a “crushing injury”. He was only 33 years old.

Scott Johnson had worked with many well-known bands and the nature of his death came as an unwelcome shock to the people who knew him. White Lies drummer Jack Lawrence Brown tweeted his condolences, saying “Devastated to learn that the man killed in the Radiohead stage collapse was drum tech Scott Johnson. Scott worked with White Lies on a show earlier in the year as my drum tech. A very talented man and a lovely guy all round. Glad to have known him. A big loss. RIP Scott.” Following the tragedy Radiohead released a statement on their website that reads: “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.”

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