Doncaster pals’ tributes to tragic drum technician

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Doncaster drummer killed when a stage collapsed before a Radiohead show in Canada.

Scott Johnson, aged 33, left Doncaster eight years ago to work as a drum technician, and took a job with Radiohead at the start of this year.

Until he left South Yorkshire, the former pupil of Brinsworth School, in Rotherham, worked at Electo Music, Copley Road, Doncaster.

Staff at the shop said his parents Ken and Sue, from Hickleton, were ‘devastated’ by Scott’s death.

He was also well known in Doncaster for playing in local bands, including Mook, with pals Jim Adnitt and Justin Lockey.

Steve Mundin, manager of the Higher Rhythm Recording Studio, remembers Scott from playing gigs in the borough.

He said: “I had a call from Jim, who is still involved in Higher Rhythm, on Sunday telling me what had happened.

“Scott was a lovely lad, a great musician and very good at what he did. I was only speaking to someone on Friday about how well he has done.

“It is a real shock, really horrific.”

Scott started work at Electro Music as a 13-year-old on work experience, and went on to take a Saturday job there while he was still at school.

He worked there full-time from when he left school until he left Doncaster to start working with touring bands.

He originally went to work with Longview, his best friend’s band.

While he was working with them, he met Keane, who were then performing lower down on the bill to Longview, and helped them out with their drums.

They remembered him when they become a household name, and asked him to work for them on tour.

Paul Munday, Electro Music drum manager, said: “We are devastated by the sad loss of our close friend Scott.

“Scott was loved by everyone he met and was one of the warmest, kindest, most considerate people we have had the pleasure of knowing.

“He would help anybody and we feel genuinely privileged to have been his friends.

“Scott asked to come to Electro Music on a work experience fortnight at the tender age of 13 and just shone as a person.

“We immediately asked him to help out in the drums department as a Saturday lad and this led onto him starting work here full-time as soon as he had completed his GCSEs.

“There are few people who come into our lives and have the positive impact he did. I always considered him to be more like a younger brother to me and I will cherish the memories of working hard together yet having a laugh every day in the shop.

“Our thoughts are with Scott’s parents and we would like to thank them for bringing such a wonderful person into the world and enriching the lives of so many.”

Rock stars have also paid tribute to Scott

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway said: “He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny.

“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.”

White Lies drummer Jack Lawrence Brown said: “Lovely guy all round.”