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It was a sombre and slow-paced live performance in Toronto on Thursday evening, when alt-rock band Radiohead took the stage within the metropolis for the primary time since 2012.

A British drum technician, Scott Johnson, 33, was killed on June 16, 2012 at Downsview Park in Toronto’s north finish when a part of a large stage construction crashed down mere hours earlier than Radiohead was resulting from carry out. Three others have been injured.

The band was not onstage on the time, however the live performance was finally cancelled.

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The temper was positively heavy on the Toronto present, held on the newly renamed Scotiabank Arena. Lead singer Thom Yorke, other than just a few “thank you” remarks, didn’t communicate to the massive crowd till the very finish of the present.

Prior to their second encore, Yorke solemnly stood in entrance of his microphone and waited for the gang to settle down.

“We… wanted to do a show in Toronto, the stage collapsed, killing one of our colleagues and friends,” he stated. “The people who should be held accountable are still not being held accountable in your city. The silence is f**king deafening.”

He then stood again from the mic, head bowed, implying a second of silence for Johnson. In an enviornment stuffed with concertgoers, particularly by the tip of the evening, it was robust to maintain quiet. Sure sufficient, yells of “We love you, Thom!” and “Shut up!” echoed throughout the stadium. (You can watch the second of silence within the video, prime.)

Towards the tip of the second, a fan yelled out “Scott Johnson!” and a spherical of cheers erupted. Radiohead performed a ultimate tune, Karma Policeto shut the present.

Rave evaluations of the live performance lit up Twitter (although there was some disappointment on the outbursts through the second of silence).

Other concertgoers thought the band’s set checklist and total temper set a adverse vibe, nearly as if the band was blaming the viewers and Toronto itself for the shortage of progress within the stage collapse case.

“I felt like they were punishing us,” stated a concertgoer who wished to stay nameless. “I understand [the band’s] point of view but it’s not our fault. We are the fans who support you and it felt like they were angry at us.”

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“The moment of silence was cringe-worthy with those idiots yelling,” she continued. “The vibe was totally off.”

“It almost felt like they didn’t want to be there,” stated one other upset fan on the best way out of the venue.

A fan who attended the live performance posted a photograph to Twitter showcasing the supposedly unique Toronto t-shirt for the tour, which has a picture of the Grim Reaper.

Johnson’s father, Ken, stated Thursday that he expects a coroner’s inquest into the incident to start early subsequent 12 months.

He stated he spoke with Ontario’s chief coroner on Wednesday and was advised the tentative window for the inquest has been set for February or March. A consultant for the workplace declined to verify the timeline.

Starting the proceedings can be a step in the direction of what Johnson hopes will acknowledge the collection of occasions that led to his son’s demise, and guarantee security precautions are in place to forestall the same accident from taking place once more.

“They can’t bring Scott back — that’s obviously painful,” Johnson stated in an interview from Birmingham on Thursday. “But it needs to be clear. I think people need to see what’s happened.”

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Thirteen prices have been laid within the case in opposition to the present’s promoter Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari and contractor Optex Staging underneath provincial well being and security legal guidelines.

The subsequent trial was derailed when the presiding decide declared he had misplaced jurisdiction over the case given his appointment to a better courtroom. That choice led to a senior justice declaring a mistrial and a brand new listening to was deliberate.

Last September, these prices have been stayed after a decide dominated the matter took too lengthy to get to trial.

The growth shifted the main focus to a coroner’s inquest, which is an impartial investigation designed to carry public consideration on the circumstances of a demise, moderately than to assign blame.

Johnson stated he stays in contact with Radiohead’s band members and was invited to attend the Toronto live performance as a visitor. He declined the supply to concentrate on the pending inquest.

“As much as I’d love to have been with them,” Johnson stated, “I thought, it’s going to be a pretty tough night for them anyway. I don’t think I could probably add anything or make any better for them or the crew really. It’s something they’re going to find they’re going through on their own.”

Radiohead performs a second Toronto present on Friday.

With information from The Canadian Press’ David Friend

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