Stars from Radiohead, New Order and Elbow in tribute to Doncaster musician who died at work

Scott Johnson, a drum technician who was killed when a stage collapsed in Toronto.
Scott Johnson, a drum technician who was killed when a stage collapsed in Toronto.

Three of Britain’s best known rock stars have paid tribute to a Doncaster musician who died when a stage collapsed while he was working for one of the artists.

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway, New Order’s Stephen Morris, and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey donated a set of drums to a museum in memory of drum technician Scott Johnson, who died in 2012.

The three musicians were performing a live show outside Manchester Central Library yesterday.

During the show, the special gift of the drum kit was presented to Manchester Central Library to mark the tragic death of Doncaster man Scott, who was Radiohead’s drum technician. He died when part of the stage fell on him as he was helping to set up a Radiohead gig in Canada.

Mr Selway paid tribute to Scott in an interview last week.

He said: “He was very calm, he was very generous and he was very funny.

“When you’re on tour, you spend so much time together and to be with somebody whose company you enjoy that much is worth its weight in gold.

“When they’re not there anymore, you feel that very keenly.”

Scott, who was aged 33 when he died, was a drum technician and had worked with a number of top bands including Keane and White Lies.

He grew up in Hickleton and died in June 2012 during preparations for the gig by Radiohead in Toronto.

Part of the outdoor structure at the Downsview Park venue came crashing down hours before the sold-out concert was due to go ahead. Three other crew members were also injured in the tragic incident.

Mr Johnson, who started his career in the music industry working at Copley Road’s Electro Music, had toured the world as part of his job.

The entire band, crew and management of Radiohead attended Scott’s funeral in Doncaster, as did three of Scott’s friends from the Indie giants Keane and members of popular tribute band Australian Pink Floyd.

A new Scott Johnson Bursary for young percussionists and musicians in South Yorkshire schools was set up in his memory.