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Radiohead demand answers over stage collapse death

World News
August 28, 2018


Returning to perform in Toronto for the first time since drum technician Scott Johnson was fatally injured in a stage collapse, Radiohead have called for those responsible for the tragic accident to be “held accountable”.

Johnson died when overhead production equipment collapsed, ahead of an outdoor Radiohead concert at Downsview Park (cap. 40,000) in June 2012.

Six years on the band played Scotiabank Arena (20,000) and reminded fans that no action has been taken following the incident, which also injured three others.

“The people who should be held accountable are still not being held accountable,” said lead singer Thom Yorke. “The silence is deafening.”

Charges relating to the collapse against promoter Live Nation Entertainment, its contractor Optex Staging and Services, and Ontario-based engineer Dominic Culgliari were shelved last September, due to long delays in bringing the case to trial (see Audience issue 212). All three defendants had pleaded not guilty.

“There have been no real answers,” drummer Phil Selway told the BBC’s Newsnight. “Without the answers we can’t ensure that an accident like this doesn’t happen again.”

An inquest into Johnson’s death is due to be held in Ontario early next year.

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