'It's an incredibly loaded show': Radiohead returns to Toronto for the first time since stage collapse

Six years ago, Radiohead's drum technician Scott Johnson died when their stage collapsed before a show at Downsview Park in Toronto. Today, Radiohead will perform in Toronto for the first time since then.
Musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on the Coachella Stage during day 1 of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 2) at the Empire Polo Club on April 21, 2017 in Indio, California. (Getty Images for Coachella)

Six years ago, Radiohead's drum technician, Scott Johnson, died when their stage collapsed, right before they were set to perform in Toronto. Tonight, Radiohead is back in the city, taking the stage in Toronto for the first time since Johnson's death. 

Katie Nicholson has been following this story for CBC's Investigative Unit. She's been in touch with Radiohead's drummer, Philip Selway, for about a year now and earlier this week, she asked him about this big return.

"We had a long discussion about it. It's an incredibly loaded show to come back and play," Selway told Nicholson. "And it's something we've not felt able to do — until now. There's still so much that's unresolved around the accident. Still a lot of very raw feelings about Scott, and the fact that Scott isn't here with us." 

Nicholson joins q guest host Talia Schlanger live in studio to unpack this story. To Radiohead fans heading to the show tonight in Toronto, Nicholson says, prepare yourself.

"Prepare to hear the band maybe unleash some of their frustration and their anger, but also be prepared for a show that's going to be extraordinary, and [that will] celebrate the life of Scott Johnson." 

Listen to the full conversation above. 

Produced by Vanessa Greco


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