Posted in music on June 17, 2012

Bird's eye view of the scene
Stage Collapse in Toronto

Rest in peace to Drum Tech Scott Johnson of South Yorkshire in the UK, who passed away at the age of 33 due to injuries sutained at the recent stage collapse in Toronto.

A relative confirmed the death of Mr Johnson, from Doncaster, who worked for other British bands, including Keane.

Police in Toronto said the stage was being set up on Saturday when the top part of it collapsed on top of him.

The Foreign Office confirmed that Mr Johnson's family had been notified.

Three other people were injured, one seriously, in the incident at Downsview Park, medical officials said.

The band, from Oxfordshire, south-east England, were not on stage at the time and the sell-out concert was cancelled. A message on the band's website said the gig had been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances". -[BBC]

Our hearts go out to Johnson's family.

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Comments (14)

terrible! RIP

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2012 7:15 PM

Tragic loss. RIP. Hopefully there is solace in he passed doing what he loved.

That structure does look a bit like an erector set compared to the stage set-ups at Coachella and Bonnaroo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2012 7:58 PM

This is really awful and sad.

Posted by Chase Turner | June 17, 2012 7:59 PM

Tragic and shocking news. He was an instrumental member of the Keane crew for many years, and Keane fans worldwide remember his kindness and mourn his passing. RIP Scott Johnson.

Posted by Karen | June 17, 2012 8:30 PM

First Trayvon now Scott Johnson. WHEN WILL THE HATE STOP??

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2012 9:33 PM

so fucked up

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2012 9:39 PM

i saw radiohead for my first time ever a couple of weeks ago and i thought they sounded like coldplay. coldplay sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2012 11:19 PM

RIP Scott T. Too young.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 12:20 AM

Radiohead fans have started a memorial fund for Scott Johnson

http://giving.piryx.com/streams/The-Scott-Johnson-Fund/nyMH66Bh

Posted by Maria | June 18, 2012 4:32 AM

How many major stage collapses have there been in the last 3-4 years? Seems like a lot......is this an epidemic or what?? Is this a case of "they don't build 'em like they used to"?

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 8:51 AM

Yeah there has been:
Cheap Trick
Sugarland
Pulkpopp?
Radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 9:31 AM

^ Was wondering the same thing. I know I was also wondering the same thing with those bridges as well.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 9:33 AM

so tragic
when something that should be avoidable ie a professionally engineered and erected stage causes a death of a 33 year old technician, that is the only word. tragic. senseless death at the hands of an accident. so sad, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 9:37 AM

maybe it's a sign that insta-pop up stages and fly by night festivals that bid out for the cheapest labor aren't a good thing?

tragic for sure, my thoughts are with his loved ones

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 10:09 AM

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