Radiohead drum technician killed in stage collapse

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Many of the disappointed fans headed instead to Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, where “Spinner Magazine” was hosting a free concert headlined by the Flaming Lips as part of the weeklong North by Northeast musical festival.

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne paid tribute to Radiohead throughout the show, including performing a cover of Radiohead’s “Knives Out,” which he introduced saying “peace be with their hearts tonight.”

“This has been a pretty powerful day. This goes out to the Radiohead family,” he said.

There have been a number of concert stage collapses in recent years.

In Canada, one person died and several people were injured when the stage went down at Bluesfest in Ottawa last July, and one person died and more than a dozen were injured in 2009 when a powerful windstorm caused the main stage to collapse at the Big Valley Jamboree near Camrose.

Six people died last August when the stage collapsed at a Sugarland concert in Indianapolis; five died in Belgium when a storm swept in and toppled the stage at the Pukkelpop Festival.

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Associated Press Writer Nekesa Moody in New York contributed to this report.

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