Radiohead have publicly bemoaned the stalling of a lawsuit which looked into the collapse of an open air stage that killed drum technician Scott Johnson.

In a statement (below), the band describe the news as “appalling“, adding that the decision is an “insult to the memory of Scott“.

Ahead of a 2012 show in Toronto, scaffolding fell apart and caused the stage to cave in whilst Johnson was at work. The show sparked a lawsuit filed by the band against Live Nation, staging company Optex Staging and Services, as well as engineer Domenic Cugliari.

The reason for the case’s stalling is all to do with Canada’s time limit for ongoing lawsuits, with too many delays making for the decision. The case could be revived within a year, even though charges will now no longer be brought forward.

Speaking of the decision, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke tweeted: “Words utterly fail me”.