Inquest Starts into Death of Radiohead Drum Tech in Toronto Accident

It was a late spring afternoon–a Saturday–in Toronto and people had already started making their way to Downsview Park to see that night’s Radiohead show, the final performance of their North American tour. Then suddenly, it was announced the gig had been cancelled. The roof of the outdoor stage had collapsed, killing Scott Johnson, Radiohead’s drum tech.

Radiohead-stage

Remember that? It was June 16, 2012. It’s only now that the hearing into Johnson’s death has begun. And a lot is at stake.

Live Nation Canada, Live Nation Ontario and Optex Staging and Services all face four charges each under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. Meanwhile, engineer Domenic Culliari is up on a charge of “endangering a worker by negligence.” All have entered pleas of not guilty.

Adrian Bullocks, Radiohead’s manager, had this to say: “No one’s manning up and saying, ‘Look, it’s our responsibility and we share responsibility,’ and it’s really quite… disrespectful in a way.”

Ken Johnson, Scott’s father, will be in Toronto for the entire trial. He also plans to plant a tree at Downsview in his son’s memory. It’ll be a maple. “It’s one of the best trees for making drums,” he said.

(Via CBC)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Inquest Starts into Death of Radiohead Drum Tech in Toronto Accident

  • May 31, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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    Miss you Scott from your Electro family xxx

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