Following the collapse of a Toronto stage and the subsequent death of crew member Scott Johnson, Radiohead has decided to postpone a slew of upcoming European tour dates.
“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 band said in a statement on its website earlier today (June 21).
In addition to the loss of Johnson, the incident injured three other crew members and destroyed the group’s light show which “was unique and will take many weeks to replace.” Similarly, the collapse ruined Radiohead’s backline, elements of which “are decades old and therefore hard to replace.”
Rescheduled dates will be announced next Wednesday (June 27).
The full statement is below:
As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show — this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.
Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule the following shows:
30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle
1 Firenze Parco delle Cascine
3 Bologna Arena Parco Nord
4 Codroipo Villa Manin
6 Berlin Wuhlheide
7 Berlin Wuhlheide
9 St Triphon Carriere des Andonces
We aim to announce the new dates for these shows on Wednesday 27th of June and will also supply information on how to obtain refunds on tickets if you cannot come to the show on the new date.
We will start playing live again at Les Arenes Nimes, Bilbao BBK festival and Lisbon Optimus Alive festival.
We will make every effort to offer the fans the very best show possible under the circumstances — thanks for your understanding and support.