Radiohead’s touring company Ticker Tape Touring LLP have been named amongst several companies that are being questioned over the recent stage collapse tragedy that took the life of the band’s drum tech Scott Johnson and injured 3 other people. The top portion of the stage appeared to fall in on itself in the hours leading up to a concert at Downsview Park in Toronto.
RollingStone reports that four companies are being asked to comply with the investigation by the Canadian Ministry of Labour: Radiohead’s own Ticker Tape Touring LLP, Optex Staging and Services, Nasco Staffing Solutions, and promoters Live Nation. At the moment Live Nation appear to be deemed responsible, but authorities are still trying to investigate the in’s and out’s of who is in charge of what.
One official told the Globe and Mail, “We’re still trying to figure out who owns what, who’s responsible for what. You’ve got lighting technicians, sound technicians, the band’s people — we’re trying to figure out who worked for whom.”
None of the companies have issued an official statement over the incident, but drummer Phil Selway has issued a statement regarding the death of his drum technician, Scott Johnson:
“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. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”