Stars’ tributes to Doncaster drum expert killed in stage collapse

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CELEBRITIES have paid tribute to a Doncaster drum technician who was killed when a stage collapsed ahead of a Radiohead concert in in Canada.

Scott Johnson, 33, whose family is from Hickleton, Doncaster, died when the top portion of the stage fell in on him as he was setting up for the show. Three other people were also injured, paramedics said.

The Oxfordshire band had been due to play to a sold-out crowd at Downsview Park in Toronto but cancelled the show after the accident.

Radiohead were said to be shattered by Scott’s death.

Their drummer Phil Selway said: “We will miss him very much.

“He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny,” he went on in a statement on the band’s website.

“He was a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew.

“Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

Other musicians have been paying tribute on Twitter, among them White Lies drummer Jack Lawrence Brown.

“Scott worked with White Lies on a show earlier in the year as my drum tech,” he said on Twitter.

“A very talented man and a lovely guy all round. Glad to have known him. A big loss. RIP Scott.”

Richard Jupp, drummer with Manchester band Elbow, tweeted: “RIP Scott Johnson. Lost a great mate and true pro. A kinder bloke you could not meet.”

The Charlatans’ singer Tim Burgess called the death tragic. He said: “Our thoughts are with the family of Scott Johnson.”