Monday, June 18, 2012

All These Things Into Position

Weekend mode is over, for most.

My weekends aren't usually that much different from my weekdays. I still work, but I try to include more "fun" things so that it gives some semblance of days off.

This past weekend was set to be a busy one.

A little NXNE action on Friday night after a long, tiring day. Saw bands at The Drake and the Burroughes Building. A dying phone battery means no good photos from that night - a little sad how a dead phone can make it feel like you've lost a limb, yet it's also kinda liberating to not be tied to the damn thing all the time.

But I digress.

Saturday was gonna be a good one.

Radiohead at Downsview Park. Finally, after a bajillion years (a roughly estimated number), I'd be seeing them. I was excited. But while walking Daisy in the park before getting ready to head down to the show, I got a text from Masuka:

"The stage collapsed at Downsview. Check if the show is still on before you go."

So, I immediately check in on Twitter. My feed was going nuts over the news, but no one knew for sure what the verdict was.

Finally, it was announced that the concert was cancelled. And as disappointing as that was for all 40,000 fans who were set to hit the show, it was much worse than that. There were people trapped under the stage, and later we found out that some had been injured, and one man had died.

Scott Johnson, Radiohead's drum tech, was killed in the stage collapse.

There still aren't details of how this happened or how it could've been prevented. This isn't the first incident like this - let's hope it's the last. Some words from Radiohead's site:

"We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott's family and all those close to him."

To Scott's family &  friends, and those who were injured in the collapse, the fans' thoughts are with you as well.

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