Keane Remember Radiohead Stage Collapse Victim Scott Johnson
The drum technician killed in the stage collapse before Saturday’s Radiohead outdoor concert in Toronto, Canada, was obviously working with Radiohead at the time, but 33-year-old Scott Johnson had a CV that included similar work with other British bands. Johnson previously spent time as both a drum technician and stage manager for Keane, so of course, the British rockers were devastated by the news.
In a post on their official website, Keane wrote of Johnson:
We lost our great friend Scott Johnson on Saturday. Scott has been part of our touring family since 2004, working as drum tech, stage manager, and studio tech, but he gave us so much more – he saw the good in everything. He was the cheerful, dependable guy you could always turn to, who lifted the spirits of everyone around him. We can’t believe he’s gone. Our thoughts are with his family and friends; Radiohead and their crew. We love you Scotty, we’ll miss you.
Three other workers were injured during the accident, which is being investigated by Canadian officials. For their part, Radiohead were all “shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson,” according to a statement attributed to the band. “We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”
Keane themselves are scheduled to perform tonight (June 19) in Toronto, although their gig at the Sound Academy is not an outdoor gig. Check out Keane’s complete itinerary here, which will keep them on the road in North America through a June 30 concert in Oakland, Calif., here.