June 18, 2012 15:37

Keane pay tribute to Radiohead drum technician after stage collapse

Scott Johnson, who died following the incident on Saturday, also worked for the band

Keane pay tribute to Radiohead drum technician after stage collapse

Photo: Alex Lake

Keane have paid tribute to Scott Johnson, Radiohead’s drum technician who died on Saturday after a stage collapsed an hour before their gig in Toronto, Canada was due to start.

"We lost our great friend Scott Johnson on Saturday" the band wrote in a statement on their website this afternoon (June 18) following yesterday's confirmation that the 33-year-old from Doncaster had died when the roof of the stage fell on top of him.

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.



A further three people were injured, with one reported to be in a serious condition at the incident at Downsview Park.

Keane's tribute follows yesterday’s statement from Radiohead’s drummer Philip Selway, who posted a message on the band's official website Radiohead.com. He wrote:

We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. 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



Selway added: "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."

Three other people are believed to have been injured in the accident, and Canadian authorities are due to begin an investigation into the cause of the stage collapse as soon as the structure and the surrounding area have been made safe.

The stage collapsed an hour before the gates opened to the public and queues were already forming outside the venue. Emergency crews were quick on the scene and the area was evacuated. The victims were all part of the team setting up equipment.

You can watch footage of the aftermath of the collapse below:



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