Tragedy can sometimes inspire acts of charity. This was proved true when Radiohead drummer Philip Selway announced on the band’s facebook page the creation of the Scott Johnson Bursary Fund For Young Musicians, in memory of the band’s drum technician who died in June (please see our original report below).
“Over the past couple of months, a number of people have asked if there is anything they can do in memory of Scott,” Selway explained. “This will fund musical equipment for young people in Rotherham, where Scott grew up.”
Johnson’s parents, who set up the fund, added, “It has been heart-warming to receive kind wishes.” For more information or to make a donation go to scottjohnsonbursary.com
June 17. Radiohead drum technician Scott Johnson was killed when rigging crashed down upon the stage around 4:00 p.m. before a sold-out concert in Toronto on Saturday. Johnson, in his thirties, was trapped under the wreckage until he was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other crewmen were injured.
The band posted a message about the tragic incident on its website: “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.”