In September, the case against Live Nation, Toronto scaffolding company Optex Staging and Services, and engineer Domenic Cugliari for the death of drum tech Scott Johnson during a 2012 stage collapse at a Radiohead show was stalled. Radiohead said they were "appalled" by the judge's decision to stay the charges, and said it "is an insult to the memory of Scott Johnson, his parents and our crew." The band have posted a new statement today, saying that "an inquest into Scott Johnson's death will be formally announced later today," and that "while this is welcomed, it does not bring those responsible for Scott's death to account, and it provides no justice for Scott and his family." You can read the full statement below.
In a new article on CBC News, Radiohead's Philip Selway said, "When the collapse happened, it happened at four in the afternoon. Our soundcheck was due to start at four and I actually should have been where Scott was. That is an incredible weight, and personally I can't let this lie. I want to see a proper conclusion, something that is respectful to Scott."
CBC broadcasted an investigative report into the case, and you can watch that below.
Yesterday, Radiohead announced South American tour dates which conflict with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that Radiohead don't want to attend anyway, and Stereogum confirmed with one of the band's representatives that they will in fact not be at the ceremony.
Radiohead -- 2018 South American Tour Dates
04/11 Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Nacional (Sue Festival)
04/14 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Tecnopolis (Soundhearts Festival)
04/17 Lima, Peru @ Estadio Nacional (Soundhearts Festival)
04/20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Parque Olimpico (Soundhearts Festival)
04/22 Sao Paolo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque (Soundhearts Festival)
04/25 Bogota, Colombia @ Parque 222 (Soundhearts Festival)