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Musicians pay tribute to Scott Johnson

Charlatans singer Tim Burgess has tweeted and said his thoughts are with the family of Scott Johnson who was killed when a stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto:

Portishead musician Geoff Barrow has also tweeted his condolences:


Investigation will begin when stage deemed safe

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.

– Tony Vella

A force spokesman later tweeted that once the structure was deemed safe to work around, forensic officers would begin a joint investigation with the coroner and the Ministry of Labour.

Drum technician's teacher: Scott was a 'great drummer'

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.

Mr West said he taught Mr Johnson for three years about 10 years ago.

He was a fantastic guy, never down, very enthusiastic. He was very thoughtful and would do anything for you, he was spot on.


One person dead as stage collapses before Radiohead gig

One person died and another was seriously injured when the stage collapsed before the concert in Toronto. Credit: Jason Ip's Twitter

Toronto Police posted on their official Twitter page: "#Radiohead concert at #Downsview Park has been cancelled due to stage collapse. Asking people to stay away from immediate area."

In another message, police said: "We are not confirming the number or nature of injures at this time at #Downsview Park. We will provide that later when all facts are in."

Within minutes of news spreading the hashtag #radiohead was the top trending topic on the social network.

In one picture posted on Twitter by Jason Ip, a huge scaffolding that had fully collapsed in the middle could be seen.

Along with the picture Mr Ip tweeted: "Radiohead stage collapse. People were underneath and we're getting sent away from the site."

Gennelle Smith also tweeted a picture of the sunken stage with the message: "It's insane to see this happen firsthand. Workers jumping out but it was just too quick for others."

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