Briton killed at Radiohead gig

One person has died while preparing a stage for a concert by Radiohead, led by singer Thom Yorke

The top of a stage being set up for a concert by Radiohead collapsed, killing one of the stage workers preparing for the event (AP)

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A drum technician who was killed when a stage collapsed ahead of a Radiohead concert in Toronto in Canada has been named as Scott Johnson, sources have said.

Mr Johnson, 33, from Doncaster in Yorkshire, died when the top portion of the stage fell in on him as he was setting up for the show.

Three other people were also injured, paramedics said. The Oxfordshire band had been due to play to a sold-out crowd at Downsview Park in Toronto but cancelled the show after the accident.

A message on the radiohead.com website said: "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."

Ian West, Mr Johnson's drum teacher in Doncaster, said his former pupil toured the world with famous bands, including Radiohead and Keane.

"It was a very, very big shock. He was a great student and a great drummer. He got a lucky break and made the most of it, he never looked back. The list of bands he worked with was endless, his CV had every band worth their salt on it, a lot of British bands and world class bands."

Tony Vella, a spokesman for Toronto police said crew were setting up the stage when it collapsed. "They were setting up when the top portion collapsed on top of them. Unfortunately, four people were hurt. The remainder of the people, when they heard the stage coming down, ran from the area," Mr Vella said.

Fellow musicians paid tribute to the drum technician on Twitter. Jack Lawrence Brown, drummer with White Lies, tweeted: "Devastated to learn that the man killed in the Radiohead stage collapse was drum tech Scott Johnson. Scott worked with White Lies on a show earlier in the year as my drum tech. A very talented man and a lovely guy all round. Glad to have known him. A big loss. RIP Scott."

Geoff Barrow, instrumentalist with Bristol band Portishead, wrote: "Shocking to hear the passing of crew member Scott Johnson of the radiohead tour - my thoughts and condolences are with everyone involved."

Tim Burgess, lead singer in The Charlatans, wrote: "Our thoughts are with the family of Scott Johnson - the drum tech for Radiohead who tragically died."

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