Radiohead Stage Collapses Prior to Show in Toronto, One Killed

2012-06-17

Story by Cat Badra

Radiohead concert in Canada canceled following stage collapse

Alternative rock band Radiohead were scheduled to play a sold-out show in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday (June 16), but the show was canceled after the stage collapsed and one man was killed, according to The Star.

Just before 4 p.m., stage scaffolding at Downsview Park fell down, and according to police reports, a man in his thirties was caught underneath the heavy debris and was killed by a “heavy, crushing injury.” Another man was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and paramedics assisted two other men for minor injuries at the location of the collapse. Everyone injured were staff working on the stage, not fans. It’s still under investigation what caused the collapse, since the weather that evening was mild.

The Radiohead show — marking the 15th anniversary of the release of the group’s seminal full-length “OK Computer” — was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m. and booked to be the headlining act for Toronto’s North by Northwest Music Festival.

In the wake of the tragedy, Radiohead tweeted a message to fans: “Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight’s [show] at Downsview Park tonight has been cancelled. Fans are advised not to make their way to the venue.”

This isn’t the first time a stage collapse has caused calamity. Last summer, seven people’s lives were taken in Indiana when a stage buckled at a Sugarland concert. Three people were also injured when a stage came down at a Cheap Trick concert in Ottawa, Canada.

 




Posted by Cat Badra | Alternative, Music, Rock News

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