Radiohead have released a statement responding to the upcoming inquest into the death of their drum technician, Scott Johnson.
Johnson died in June 2012 after a stage roof collapsed on him ahead of a concert at Toronto’s Downsview Park. The 33-year-old from Doncaster had also worked with Keane and many other touring artists. Three other people were injured in the Downsview stage collapse, too.
In September a court case seeking to apportion blame for the stage collapse was brought to a standstill, prompting an angry response from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
Now Canadian broadcaster CBC reports that Ontario’s chief coroner has agreed to hold an inquest into the stage collapse and Johnson’s death. Radiohead are said to have used their influence to encourage Canadian authorities to seek justice for the drum technician’s family, both directly and by urging British MPs to write letters to the Canadian High Commission.
“When the collapse happened, it happened at four in the afternoon. Our soundcheck was due to start at four and I actually should have been where Scott was,” Radiohead’s drummer Phil Selway told CBC. “That is an incredible weight, and personally I can’t let this lie. I want to see a proper conclusion, something that is respectful to Scott.”
The band have also shared a statement responding to the inquest on Instagram, which appears above.
The band write in the statement: “While this is welcomed it does not bring those responsible for Scott’s death to account, and it provides no justice for Scott and his family. We urge the Canadian authorities to look more closely into the treatment of the Downsview Stage Collapse and indeed all workplace deaths to ensure that accident such as this can be prevented in the future.”
Paying tribute at the time of Scott Johnson’s death, Radiohead’s Phil Selway said: “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.”