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Radiohead return to the stage, pay tribute to late drum tech

By | Published on Thursday 12 July 2012


Radiohead returned to the stage in France on Tuesday evening, their first concert since the collapse of a staging structure ahead of a show in Toronto last month that killed the band’s drum tech Scott Johnson.

As previously reported, the investigation is ongoing in Canada into what caused the roof of a temporary staging structure to collapse. The incident caused the band to cancel a string of live dates, partly to recover from the trauma of having lost a crew member, and partly because the much of the complicated lights show that accompanies Radiohead’s gigs was destroyed.

According to Consequence Of Sound, in Nimes on Tuesday night, the band paid tribute to Johnson in an unusual third encore, in which Thom Yorke dedicated a performance of the band’s track ‘Reckoner’ to “our friend Scott”, while pictures of the late drum tech were display on the screens behind the stage.