Radiohead postpone shows following stage collapse
Radiohead have postponed several summer tour dates in the wake of the stage collapse in Toronto that killed their drum technician Scott Johnson and injured three others.
On Thursday (June 21), the band issued a statement saying that the collapse damaged the group's unique lighting and gear, which will take some time to replace, Pitchfork reports.
"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 statement reads. "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."
Seven concerts beginning with a June 30 appearance at the Roma Hippodrome Capanelle will be rescheduled. Radiohead is aiming to announce the new dates as well as ticket refund information on June 27. The band will resume their tour at the Les Arènes in Nîmes, France on July 10.
"We will make every effort to offer the fans the very best show possible under the circumstances," they added. "Thanks for your understanding and support."
The stage collapsed around 4 p.m. in Toronto's Downsview Park on June 16 while crew members were setting up the concert. Johnson, 33, was crushed to death and pronounced dead at the scene. The Ontario Ministry of Labour has asked four companies, including one run by Radiohead, to comply with an investigation into the cause of the collapse.
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