Radiohead postpones portion of European tour following stage collapse

INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs onstage during day 2 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2012, in Indio, Calif.

(CBS/AP) Radiohead has postponed part of its European tour after a stage collapse in Toronto killed the band's drum technician.

Radiohead released a statement Thursday explaining that the band members are dealing with the grief and shock from the accident; practical considerations have forced the group to postpone shows in Italy, Germany and Switzerland scheduled through July 9.

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Scott Johnson was killed Saturday when the stage came crashing down as the crew set up for a concert in Toronto's Downsview Park.

Three other crew members were injured.

The band said the collapse destroyed its light show, which will take weeks to replace.

"The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace," the statement continued.

New dates for the postponed shows will be announced June 27.

Meanwhile, Radiohead is expected to resume its tour on July 10 in Nimes, France.