Days after their concert in Toronto was cancelled, Radiohead released a statement about the stage collapse that killed one man and injured three others. According to the Rolling Stone magazine, the British band was forced to postpone great part of their concerts as a result of the incident.
Radiohead took some time to decide what they should do after the stage collapse in Toronto and eventually released a statement on Thursday. The band wrote that they were very saddened by the accident because they lost drum technician Scott Johnson and several other crew members were injured. Moreover, the group’s light show and stage set-up were also damaged by the collapse; therefore, Radiohead was forced to postpone the remaining performances.
The statement further wrote that the British artists were supposed to hold seven shows in Europe. They explained that the concerts in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland will be rescheduled at another date that will be announced on June the 27th. Fans who won’t be able to attend the rescheduled shows will have the possibility to get refunds for their tickets.
Canadian authorities continued to investigate the stage collapse. They found out that several companies were directly responsible for the accident. Among the names they listed as guilty was also Radiohead’s Ticker Tape Touring LLP, Toronto-based Optex Staging and Services, Nasco Staffing Solutions as well as concert promoter Live Nation.
The investigation was not simple, according to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour, Matt Blajer. He told the press that it was very difficult to determine the owners of each company and to establish how guilty they are for all that has happened.
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway was the first who wrote about the incident on his website. He told fans on Sunday that the band was “shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson” who was not just their colleague, but also their friend. He stated that he grew very close to Johnson because he was always funny and supportive. Radiohead sent their thoughts and love to the drum technician’s family.