An unexpected tragedy led to the cancellation of Radiohead's Toronto show on Saturday: a stage collapse claimed the life of Radiohead's drum technician and injured three other crew members at Downsview Park Saturday afternoon, just an hour before gates were scheduled to open for the show.
The band shared their devastation over the death of Scott Johnson, who had been trapped under the rubble. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"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," the band said on its website. "We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott's family and all those close to him."
The weather was sunny, clear and calm, with no expectations of complications for the show.
"The roof part of the stage collapsed," Toronto Fire Services spokesman Captain Mike Strapko told Reuters. "It's like an arch made out of round piping similar to what they use for scaffolding," he said, adding that the structure was rigged with lighting and other equipment. "So that's what came down and did crush the one individual."
"From our understanding, at this point in the investigation, there were a number of people on the stage preparing for a concert," Vella said. "They were setting up when the top portion of the stage collapsed on top of them. Unfortunately, four people were hurt [including the dead man]. The remainder of the people, when they heard the stage coming down, ran from the area."