‘People are still not being held accountable’ says Yorke, who is performing in Toronto for the first time since the 2012 incident
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has addressed the stage collapse that killed the band’s drum technician Scott Johnson in Toronto in 2012. Performing in the Canadian city for the first time since the incident, Yorke told the crowd at the Scotiabank Arena: “People are still not being held accountable in your city. The silence is deafening.”
On 16 June 2012, the outdoor stage at Downsview Park collapsed an hour before the gates were due to open, killing Johnson, 33, and injuring three other crew members. In June 2013, Ontario’s ministry of labour brought charges against events promoter Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and engineer Domenic Cugliari, citing the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. All three denied any wrongdoing.