Radiohead pay tribute to Scott Johnson who was killed in the Toronto stage collapse

Radiohead have paid tribute to the drum tech, Scott Johnson, who was tragically killed in the Toronto stage collapse on Saturday (16th June, 2012).

Scott, aged 33 and from Doncaster, England, died on Saturday afternoon when the roof of the stage at Downsview Park in Toronto collapsed an hour before the band’s 40,000 sell out show.

The bands drummer, Phil Selway, posted on their website,; “He 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. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

Watch these aerial shots from a helicopter shortly after the collapse occurred.

The Canadian authorities are due to begin a thorough investigation into the cause of the stage collapse as soon as the structure and the surrounding area have been made safe. A further three people were injured in the accident.

Keane have also paid tribute to Scott Johnson who has worked with the band since 2004. The band posted this message on their website:

“Scott has been part of our touring family since 2004, working as drum tech, stage manager, and studio tech, but he gave us so much more – he saw the good in everything. He was the cheerful, dependable guy you could always turn to, who lifted the spirits of everyone around him. We can’t believe he’s gone. Our thoughts are with his family and friends; Radiohead and their crew. We love you Scotty, we’ll miss you.”

Radiohead’s second tour drummer, Clive Deamer, posted his condolences to his Facebook at 18.45 (18/06/12):

“Bless you all for the many kind messages sent in response to Scott. I am deeply saddened by his passing and trying to come to terms with such a tragic end to the happiest and most enjoyable tour. I know he was very happy working with us. We are all going to miss him.”

Radiohead’s drummer, Phil Selway, posted a note on Facebook (08/08/12) updating fans about a Scott Johnson memorial:

“Over the past couple of months, a number of people have asked if there is anything they can do in memory of Scott. Scott’s parents have now created the Scott Johnson Bursary Fund for Young Musicians. This will fund musical equipment for young people in Rotherham in the UK, where Scott grew up. If you would like to find out more, or would like to make a donation, then please follow this link:

This recent tragedy follows last summers swath of stage collapses. More info here:


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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One Response to Radiohead pay tribute to Scott Johnson who was killed in the Toronto stage collapse

  1. Pingback: Radiohead Reschedule European Tour Dates After Tragic Stage Collapse | I'M A GUITARIST… GET ME OUT OF HERE!

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