Radiohead’s Philip Selway says there’s been “no real answers” about the 2012 stage collapse that killed their drum tech

Selway says the court case "broke down on a technicality”

Radiohead’s Philip Selway has given an update about the 2012 stage collapse that killed their drum tech, Scott Johnson.

The band were preparing to play a show at Downsview Park in Toronto when the roof of the stage collapsed on Johnson. The 33-year-old from Doncaster also worked with the likes of Keane and many other touring artists. Three other people were also injured.

In 2013, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour brought legal charges against Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and Services, and engineer Domenic Cugliari under the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. Live Nation denied any wrongdoing in the proceedings.


Appearing on BBC Newsnight, the Radiohead drummer said that there’s been “no real answers” about the incident. “It’s very frustrating. The court case broke down on a technicality,” he said. “So there have been no real answers. Without the answers we can’t ensure that an accident like this can’t happen again.” Watch a clip of his interview below.

Last September, Thom Yorke spoke out after a judge ‘stayed’ the trial, meaning that no charges will be brought forward.

“It is important to emphasize that timely justice is not just important to persons facing charges,” said Ontario judge Ann Nelson, reports The Globe. “It is also important to our society at large. No doubt, this decision will be incomprehensible to Mr. Johnson’s family, who can justifiably complain that justice has not been done.”

Support act from the show Caribou spoke out after the ruling, writing on Twitter that “as someone who was standing behind the stage when it collapsed and would have been on it an hour later…this is complete bullshit.”


Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke later simply responded with “words utterly fail me.”