Radiohead Vent Anger over Fatal Stage Collapse at First Toronto Show Since 2012
"The people who should be held accountable, are not being held accountable. The silence is fucking deafening"
Published Jul 19, 2018Radiohead returned to Toronto tonight for their first concert in the city since a stage collapse at Downsview Park killed drum tech Scott Johnson in 2012. In addition to holding a moment of silence for their fallen colleague, the band vented their anger over the lack of justice over the tragedy.
"We wanted to do a show in Toronto, the stage collapsed, killing one of our colleagues and friends," frontman Thom Yorke told the crowd. "The people who should be held accountable are still not being held accountable in your city. The silence is fucking deafening."
He then requested the audience to hold a moment of silence before the band played their song "Karma Police."
You can watch the footage of Yorke's speech below courtesy of Consequence of Sound. Read Exclaim!'s full review of the concert here.
Radiohead are set to play another concert in Toronto on Friday (July 20).
As previously reported, a court case brought a total of 13 charges against Live Nation, Optex Staging and engineer Domenic Cugliari, but all charges were stayed when a judge ruled that the case had taken too long to be heard, thus violating the defendants' rights.
Scott Johnson was 33 years old.