Tributes for Radiohead roadie in stage collapse


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Radiohead have paid tribute to their drum technician, who was killed when part of a stage collapsed before their concert in Canada.

Scott Johnson, who was 33 and from Doncaster, died when a section of the staging fell in on him before the show in Toronto. Three people were injured: a 45-year-old man was hospitalised with a head injury and two who were treated at the scene. The band had been due to play to 40,000 fans at Downsview Park, but cancelled the show.

"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," the band said on its website. "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, said: "The list of bands he worked with was endless, his CV had every band worth their salt on it... He was a fantastic guy, never down, very enthusiastic. He was very thoughtful and would do anything for you, he was spot on."

On Twitter, fellow musicians also paid tribute to the drum technician, who is believed to have worked with bands including Keane, White Lies, Portishead and The Charlatans.