Radiohead Postpone Several Tour Dates, Release Statement

Radiohead have released a statement announcing that several of their upcoming tour dates have been postponed following last weekends stage collapse that killed drum technician Scott Johnson before a show in Toronto Pitchfork.com reports.

Here’s the statement:

Hello everyone,

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:

June

30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle

July

1 Firenze Parco delle Cascine
3 Bologna Arena Parco Nord
4 Codroipo Villa Manin
6 Berlin Wuhlheide
7 Berlin Wuhlhedie
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.

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  • Kim

    After what happened at that Downs park I doubt they would ever go back but I would imagine that they would try to reschedule somewhere nearby.

  • Tanner

    So they have nothing to say to the 40,000+ people who had tickets to the Toronto gig? nothing about possibly rescheduling it, or just any acknowledgement what-so-ever? It’s obviously a tragic situation and we all understand that, but it feels like us Toronto fans have been forgotten. Oh well…

    • Little Boots

      It is tragic. But we also have to think of it like this: they had the venue booked specifically for that night, so it would be hard to rebook. The other venues have more leniency for rescheduling because of how sudden the collapse happened. Also the Toranto stage is being investigated. Now I was going to Toranto and it was my first show, so I will be disappointed if they don’t reschedule, but I’ll understand it. Guess will have to wait until the 27th to find out. Fingers crossed!

  • VP

    Backline means all the gear that they had with them on tour in this case. Based on what I could see of the stage in before and after pictures here’s what I would guess is the current condition of the gear.

    Drums – They appeared to be all set up. They would have most certainly been heavily damaged if not completely destroyed. This would include their drum kits, cymbals, and samplers.
    Colin’s gear – Colin’s bass guitars are not usually kept on stage unless they are playing. Hopefully his P bass is ok but the amp is probably a goner. His midi keyboard is probably also destroyed.
    Jonny’s gear – His keyboards and synths all appear to have been on stage so they are probably all destroyed. His amps and pedals would have also been on stage and been damaged. It is unlikely that his guitars were on stage. They would have been kept at the tech station which I think was outside of the visible damage.
    Thom’s gear – Pedals and amps are probably damaged. Piano is probably destroyed. His guitars, like Jonnys were probably off to the side of the stage and may have survived.
    Ed’s gear – Probably about the same as the other guys. Hopefully the guitars made it, but the amps and pedals were certainly damaged.

    The guitars would probably be the hardest pieces of equipment to replace, and fortunately were probably the most likely to have survived. It’s a safe bet that very little of the other stuff was salvageable. Total bummer that this happened and obviously much more so because of the loss of a great crew member.

  • Tom

    What is the backline? Amps, drums etc?

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