Radiohead are set to reschedule seven shows following Saturday’s stage collapse in Toronto, which killed crew member Scott Johnson and injured three others.
The band have had to postpone seven European shows set for the end of this month and the beginning of July, as the accident also destroyed the band’s ‘unique’ lightshow and parts of their backline setup, all of which now needs to be replaced in order for the tour to continue. The statement reads:
Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with.
The following shows in Italy, Germany and Switzerland will be rescheduled, with new dates and refund information to be announced on June 27: Rome Hippodrome Capanelle (June 30), Florence Parco delle Cascine (July 1), Bologna Arena Parco Nord (3), Codroipo Villa Manin (4), Berlin Wuhlheide (6-7) and St Triphon Carriere des Andonces (9).
The band will pick up the tour in France at Les Arenes Nimes (July 10) and will go on to play the Bilbao BBK and Lisbon Optimus Alive festivals.
Yesterday it was revealed that four companies, including one run by the members of Radiohead, have been asked to comply with an investigation by the Canadian government into the stage collapse. Ticker Tape Touring LLP, which lists Johnny Greenwood, Philip Selway, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Thom Yorke as board members has been identified by the Canadian Ministry of Labour as one of at least four companies involved in the collapse, the Toronto Star reported.
Toronto-based Optex Staging and Services, Nasco Staffing Solutions and concert promoter Live Nation have all been asked to comply with the investigation into the tragedy at Downsview Park.
The stage collapsed an hour before the gates opened to the public and queues were already forming outside the 40,000 capacity venue. Emergency crews were quick on the scene and the area was evacuated. The victims were all part of the team setting up equipment.
Both Radiohead and Keane, with whom Johnson also worked, have paid tribute to him.
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway wrote on the band’s website: “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.”