After a career-spanning set in Toronto last night Radiohead took a moment of silence to remember their fallen comrade Scott Johnson.
Thursday night marked the first time Radiohead had played in Toronto since 2012. During their last visit, the band’s drum technician Scott Johnson was tragically killed when a stage collapsed before their planned set.
During their second encore on Thursday, Thom Yorke took a moment to speak about the tragedy. “The people in this city that should be held accountable are not being held accountable,” Yorke said. “The silence is fucking deafening.” He then asked the audience to hold a moment of silence in Johnson’s name.
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Immediately after the moment of silence, the band concluded their near-two hour set with “Karma Police”.
The band’s outrage is directed at the court’s decision last September to stay charges against Live Nation and the other parties associated with the 2012 event. The most recent update in the case came in November when Ontario’s chief Coroner called an inquest into Johnson’s death. Radiohead issued a statement in response, saying “while this is welcomed it does not bring those responsible for Scott’s death to account, and it provides no justice for Scott and his family.”