Radiohead cancellations won’t affect Australian tour, promoter confirms

Following last week’s fatal stage collapse which killed drum tech Scott Johnson and injured three others, Radiohead have been forced to cancel a number of European shows, creating speculation that their Australian tour may be affected.

The band posted a note to fans over the weekend announcing that the great majority of their shows scheduled for June and July would now be moved: “As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show – this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.”

“Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule [shows].”

Given that Radiohead were set to play three months of solid shows in the lead up to their long-awaited return to our shores, concerns have been raised that the rescheduling of their European leg may affect the band’s forthcoming November dates in Australia.

When FL contacted tour promoter Chugg Entertainment for comment they assured us that so far the Oz tour was safe from any changes: “Following the tragic events in Toronto and the consequential damage to the production equipment, the band have had to postpone a number of their dates for the European summer. There has, however, been no mention of any cancellation of Australian dates.”

So it seems we will be spared a repeat of the 2004 cancellation and can go back to dreaming about the perfect Radiohead setlist.