Radiohead returns to Toronto for the first time since fatal stage collapse

Lewis Collier
July 22, 2018

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is demanding answers into the death of the band's drum technician six years ago when a stage collapsed in Toronto.

Mr Selway told the Canadian press how it had been hard returning to Toronto to play, saying there were "still a lot of very raw feelings about Scott, and the fact that Scott isn't here with us". "The stage collapsed, killing one of our colleagues and friends. The silence is f-king deafening", he continued, as a chorus of boos rose up from fans. And while it was mostly respected by the crowd, a few chose to interrupt by shouting and cheering, while other fans just yelled, "shut up".

He then requested the audience to hold a moment of silence before the band played their song "Karma Police".

Since 1993, Radiohead has released 9 albums, including their critically acclaimed Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995), and OK Computer (1997).

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. The incident took the life of 33-year-old drum technician Scott Johnson, and injured multiple others on the crew. Judge Ann Nelson ruled that delays meant the case had taken too long to come to trial. "There were 13 charges dropped against Live Nation, Optex Staging and the engineer, Domenic Cugliar". The court case broke down on a technicality...

The band's drummer Philip Selway appeared on the BBC's Newsnight last night to discuss the case and express his frustrations against those running the case. There have been no real answers...

Starting the proceedings would be a step towards what Johnson hopes will acknowledge the series of events that led to his son's death, and ensure safety precautions are in place to prevent a similar accident from happening again.

He said he remains in touch with Radiohead's band members and was invited to attend the Toronto concert as a guest.

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