Scott Johnson / Roadie
Le 16 juin 2012, Scott Johnson, un technicien de l’équipe de route (road crew) pour le groupe Radiohead, âgé de 33 ans, perdait la vie à Toronto, au Downsview Park vers 16h, dans l’effondrement de la structure de la scène, quelques heures à peine avant le début du concert. Il était plus particulièrement en charge des batteries, ce qui a bien évidemment affecté Phil Selway et Clive Deamer encore plus que le reste du groupe ! C’est d’ailleurs Phil qui poste un premier hommage sur le blog du groupe :
Dans la foulée, tous les concerts jusqu’au 10 juillet sont annulés, et le 10 juillet, un hommage est rendu par le groupe à Scott sur la chanson ‘reckoner’:
En août 2012, Phil lance un lien vers une bourse :
En 2012, Richard Young, manager de la tournée rend hommage au roadie :
“Whilst working at Electromusic in Doncaster he received an offer to go on the road with Longview, from there he was engaged by The Killers, Keane, Australian Pink Floyd, Robyn, X-Factor and most recently, Radiohead. He touched all that knew him, but most of all he made friends with the musicians he worked for and the crews he toured with, bridging the gap between the crew and the band,” a public statement read.
“It was such a tragic event. More tragic than I think many people can understand. The official cause is still unknown. The world knows that we lost one of our crewmembers, our friend and a colleague and it’s unbelievable really. You would never wish it upon anyone or imagine it could happen to your team. It’s a testament to the band that we’re here now. It would have been very easy for the band to walk away from this tour, but all the crew and the band wanted to come back, so we completed some festivals with a reduced show then reinstated the production.
En juin 2013, le procès avance…. et Clive Deamer, l’autre batteur de Radiohead rend un nouvel hommage à Scott sur facebook :
On apprend en 2014 que la levée de fonds pour la bourse Scott Johnson a permis de récolter plus de 6000 livres, dont 3500 viennent des fans de Radiohead.
I wanted to let you all know what has happened with Scott’s Bursary.
We never wanted to attract collections as I fear that people never get to know the detail of where their money goes, but so many people have shared our grief and been so kind. We received donations totalling over £6500. Radiohead fans contributed over £3500, there is an ongoing large donation from Keane and many drumming students have donated pocket money.
We set up a small group of myself, Mr Paul Munday and Mr Mat Dabbs and decided that we would supply electronic drum kits. The idea was that kids could take the kits home and practice without the noise.
The whole project was supported by Electro Music, a retailer in Doncaster where Scott worked for many years before venturing out on the road. Two teachers at the shop, Ian West and Errol Rollins, took the first kits and made great use of them, putting them out with students for 3 monthly periods to help with practice where there is no kit at home.
We have had fantastic support from Yamaha and to date we have purchased 14 kits and distributed to schools and teachers, with enough money left over for 2 more kits.
It is difficult to measure how many students have benefited, but it
is a great memorial to Scott; he would be so pleased. Life will never
be the same for us but the love shared with us will also not be
Love to everyone
Ken and Sue Johnson