Published Jun 21, 2012Following last weekend's tragic stage collapse at Toronto's Downsview Park that took the life of Radiohead's drum technician Scott Johnson, the English act have postponed a string of summer shows across Europe.
A statement from the group explains the reasoning twofold, noting both the grief over the loss of their crewmate and the fact that their stage setup has been damaged and needs to be repaired.
Radiohead's full statement reads:
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.
Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule the following shows:
30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle
1 Firenze Parco delle Cascine
3 Bologna Arena Parco Nord
4 Codroipo Villa Manin
6 Berlin Wuhlheide
7 Berlin Wuhlheide
9 St Triphon Carriere des Andonces
We aim to announce the new dates for these shows on Wednesday 27th of June and will also supply information on how to obtain refunds on tickets if you cannot come to the show on the new date.
We will start playing live again at Les Arenes Nimes, Bilbao BBK festival and Lisbon Optimus Alive festival.
We will make every effort to offer the fans the very best show possible under the circumstances -- thanks for your understanding and support.
On Saturday (june 16), the stage had collapsed around 4 p.m. EST during the set up of the night's performance, and three other people were injured during the accident. Reportedly around 1,000 people had shown up to the venue early, but were not permitted inside because the show had been cancelled.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, with the Toronto Star saying promoters Live Nation, as well as Optex Staging and Services, Inc., Nasco Staffing Solutions, and Radiohead's company Ticker Tape Touring LLP have been questioned about the event surrounding the collapse.
Drummer Phil Selway had previously eulogized Johnson, saying in a statement that the technician 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."