Music industry pays tribute to legendary reservation agent Steve Strange, who died at 53
Steve Strange, reservation agent for Queens Of The Stone Age, Coldplay, Eminem, Snow Patrol, Stiff Little Fingers, Jimmy Eat World, Ash and many more, has passed away. He was 53 years old.
News of Strange’s passing was shared in a social media post by X-Ray Touring, the live booking agency he co-founded in 2005.
The statement reads as follows:
“X-ray Touring is deeply saddened to announce that Steve Strange, one of the agency’s founding partners, has passed away from a brief illness.
“We have lost a legendary figure in our personal and professional lives who will be dearly missed by all of us.
“Steve was a unique person within our industry, his overwhelming love for music led him to a career spanning over 30 years guiding the tour of an eclectic mix of artists from all genres of music he adored.
“A universally known, extremely respected and loved character – if you hadn’t seen him at a concert or festival before, you would most certainly hear his infectious and infamous laughter.
Steve had the best ears in the agency business, signing and developing the careers of countless world-class artists, from small clubs to huge international multi-stage tours.
“He will always be lovingly remembered by his friends and colleagues at X-ray and around the world.”
Artists including Strange’s close friend Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy / Black Star Riders), Garbage, Ash, Frank Turner, Mark Lanegan, Thunder guitarist Luke Morley and many more have paid tribute to the legend of larger than life industry.
I lost a dear friend, a legend and a compatriot today. I’m so sad. I will miss Steve Strange that unmistakable contagious laugh, your positivity and your kind heart. My condolences to all of Steve’s family and close friends, they certainly broke the mold making you Steve.X pic.twitter.com/bzY5vHCA2gSeptember 24, 2021
Rest in the music dear Steve Strange. Good promoter and great friend of musicians around the world. We will miss you sir.September 24, 2021
Terrible news, one of the really great people in this world has passed away. Steve Strange has been my agent for almost 20 years and he has always supported me. Heartbroken pic.twitter.com/Tt4cY5axMnSeptember 24, 2021
I am so sad to hear of the passing of our agent Steve Strange. He was a great man and I will truly miss him. He believed in music and musicians and our industry would be poorer without him. RIP comrade. pic.twitter.com/zX4ZXmlrubSeptember 24, 2021
Our hearts are broken. Good night Mr. Steve Strange. Extraordinary agent. The heart of a lion. Straight out of Carrick, he changed this business forever. Our strength. Our constant source. Our Shining Light. I miss you like crazy Strangey. pic.twitter.com/1MKZ1O2Gt9September 25, 2021
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Steve Strange. Our agent, our friend, and one of the most gloriously optimistic people in life. We will miss you, you will be celebrated and you will be remembered so fondly. Good night big man xx pic.twitter.com/NVgXX8hVJpSeptember 25, 2021
Rest in peace Steve Strange. https://t.co/jSdacWt1mM pic.twitter.com/mHMn0VVnZhSeptember 25, 2021
Incredibly sad to learn of the passing of Steve Strange. He had been a Refused Agent since our return. He also reserved Invsn. Not that he needs it. We once performed in front of 20 people in a bar in London. Steve liked it so much that he immediately called Ian McCulloch and told him. pic.twitter.com/0lDn7PhVVlSeptember 25, 2021
No words …… not yet …… No words !!!!!!! Steve Strange… ..hero, mentor, father figure !!!!… .RIP! pic.twitter.com/87O7Y1vqshSeptember 25, 2021
Deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Strange from @XrayTouring – an absolute industry giant and a kind and friendly heart. TEAR.September 24, 2021
Sorry to hear of Steve Strange’s passing. I knew Steve. He was always trying to revive That Metal Show. He also ran @lastinline among many others. A great guy who will be missed. Condolences to his friends, family and groups. https://t.co/CldebIvyQnSeptember 25, 2021
Born in 1968 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and raised in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Strange began his music career as a drummer, before moving to London in the mid-1980s after his band, the hard rockers No Hot Ashes, signed to GWR Records. .
When the group split up in 1990, Strange opted to stay in London, working in artist management and live bookings, before being offered the option of returning to Belfast to handle bookings at Limelight’s venue. the city. He then returned to London, taking a position with the Helter Skelter agency in 1997, and eventually moved in 2005 to co-found X-Ray Touring.
Its artists included some of the biggest names in music including Coldplay, Eminem, Snow Patrol, Queens Of The Stone Age, Stiff Little Fingers, Ash, Thunder, Saxon, Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, L7, Chance The Rapper and more. Again.
He also started Strange World Management, to manage the affairs of Last in Line, Wayward Sons, FM and more.
A rocker to the end, Strange also played drums in Fastway, alongside his close friend ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, before the guitarist passed away in 2018.