Strange was the booking agent for Queens of the Stone Age, Coldplay, Eminem and more
Garbage, Frank Turner and The Brian Jonestown Massacre are among those in the music industry paying tribute to beloved booking agent Steve Strange, who has died at the age of 53 after a short illness.
Strange co-founded X-Ray Touring Booking Agency in 2005, and has served as a booking agent for international acts, including Queens of the Stone Age, Coldplay, Eminem, Snow Patrol, Jimmy Eat World and more. Huh.
In a statement posted to social media, X-Ray announced the sad news of Strange’s death, writing: “X-Ray Touring is deeply saddened to announce that Steve Strange, one of the agency’s founding partners, has passed away. Illness. We have lost a great man in our personal and professional lives whom we will all miss deeply.
“Steve was a unique figure within our industry, his immense love for music guiding a career spanning more than 30 years touring an eclectic mix of artists from all genres of music that he adored.
It added: “A universally known, highly respected and beloved character – if you hadn’t already seen her at a gig or festival, you could certainly hear her infectious and defiant laugh.
“Steve had the best ears in the agency business, signing and developing the careers of countless world-class artists, from small club venues to huge international multi-stadium tours.”
Among those who paid tribute to Strange included Garbage, who wrote: “Rest in music dear Steve Strange. A great promoter and a great friend to musicians around the world. Will miss you sir.”
Rest in music dear Steve Strange. A great promoter and a great friend to musicians around the world. Will miss you sir.
— garbage (@garbage) September 24, 2021
Frank Turner said: “Deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of @XrayTouring’s Steve Strange – an absolute giant of the industry and a kind and friendly heart. Tearing.”
Deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Strange @ Xray Touring – An absolute giant of the industry and a kind and friendly heart. tear out.
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) September 24, 2021
Tim Burgess also paid tribute, writing: “Absolutely heartbreaking news about Steve Strange. Our agent, our friend and one of life’s most wonderful enthusiasts. You will be missed, celebrated and remembered so fondly. Good night big man “
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Steve Strange. Our agent, our friend and one of life’s most wonderful enthusiasts. You will be missed, celebrated and remembered so fondly. good night big man xx pic.twitter.com/NVgXX8hVJp
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) September 25, 2021
Watch a series of tributes to Strange below:
— coldplay (@coldplay) September 25, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our agent, Steve Strange. He was a great man and I will really miss him. He believed in music and musicians and our industry would be poor without him. RIP mate. pic.twitter.com/zX4ZXmlrub
— luz morley 1 (@luzmor01) September 24, 2021
Terrible news one of the truly great people in this world has passed away. Steve Strange was my agent for almost 20 years and he always had my back. broken heart pic.twitter.com/Tt4cY5axMn
— Mark Lanegan (@marklanegan) September 24, 2021
(1/2) Shocked to hear of the tragic passing of my dear friend and live agent Steve Strange, a true legend in live music and an utterly unique and personal character, who lived for the music. pic.twitter.com/hkeinmY2u2
— Uncle (@uncleofficial) September 25, 2021
Very sad to hear the news of Steve Strange’s passing. You thank them if you’ve seen us play anywhere outside the US and we would be nowhere without their tireless work and infectious laughter! So many unbearable stories. RIP weird x
— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) September 25, 2021
Don’t really know what to say about the passing of our European agent for the last 15 years or so, Mr. Steve Strange. We lost our friend yesterday and lost for words – he was exactly the same age as me and full of life. It is impossible to process someone who died at such a young age 🙏 Love you Steve
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) September 25, 2021
Incredibly saddened by the passing of Steve Strange, he was a good friend of many years and also our agent, to us he was more like a guardian angel giver than an agent at times, warmth and humanity were his overwhelming qualities, he always will be missed for
— My Bloody Valentine (@MBVofficial) September 25, 2021
We are all saddened that our dear agent has sadly passed away. Steve Strange RIP pic.twitter.com/8gStbox9ME
— The Charlatans (@thecharlatans) September 25, 2021
I lost a dear friend, legend and countryman today. I am very sad. Steve Strange I will miss that unmistakable infectious laugh, your positivity and kind heart. My condolences to all of Steve’s family and close friends, he definitely broke the mold when he made you Steve.X pic.twitter.com/bzY5vHCA2g
— Ricky Warwick (@rickywarwick) September 24, 2021
Our hearts are broken. Goodnight Mr. Steve Strange. Agent Extraordinary. Heart of a Lion. Straight out of Carrick, he changed this business forever. Our force Our constant source. Our shining light Miss you like Crazy Strange. pic.twitter.com/1MKZ1O2Gt9
— ash (@ashofficial) September 25, 2021
No words……not now……no words!!!!!!!
Steve Strange…..Hero, Mentor, Father Figure!!!!….RIP! pic.twitter.com/87O7Y1vqsh
— Jesse Hughes (@jesseEODM) September 25, 2021
Rest in Peace to my former agent, Steve Strange, he did a lot, and helped our group in many ways, more than that, he did the same for many of my friends and colleagues. My condolences
— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) September 25, 2021
Terrible news about Steve Strange, can’t believe it. A large part of my personal history in live music, one of the first people in our industry I ever got to know as a real person and a friend. Words are insufficient to describe the power of human nature like Steve.
— Mark David (@markdavyd) September 25, 2021
— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) September 25, 2021
Incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Strange. He was the rejected agent since we returned. He also booked Invision. Not that he should have. Once we played 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/0lDn7PhVVl
— Denise Lixzen (@Lyxzenofficial) September 25, 2021