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Radiohead returns to Toronto for the first time since fatal stage collapse

Last Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm EDT

Thom Yorke from the band Radiohead performs at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Radiohead is scheduled to perform in Toronto Thursday night, the first time they’ve been in the city since 2012 when a stage collapse at Downsview Park killed their drum technician.

The British band was set to play the outdoor concert on June 16, 2012, when the stage crumpled in on itself just an hour before the gates were set to open, killing drum technician Scott Johnson and injuring three other members of the crew.

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway told The Globe and Mail the event still haunts him. He said the band was supposed to have been on the stage when it collapsed, but the soundcheck was delayed because the setup was taking longer than expected.

Live Nation engineer Domenic Cugliari and contractor Optex Staging were charged in 2013 with 13 offences under provincial health and safety laws.

After two trials, charges in the case were stayed when a judge ruled the justice system took too long for the case to be heard.

Radiohead’s drummer Philip Selway appeared on BBC Newsnight on Wednesday, saying he’s frustrated with the lack of closure.

He said without any answers it’s impossible to put measures in place that could prevent a similar accident from happening again.

The band is scheduled to play Scotiabank Arena on Thursday and Friday night.

With files from The Canadian Press