Garbage among those paying tribute to booking agent Steve Strange, who has died aged 53

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Strange was the booking agent for Queens of the Stone Age, Coldplay, Eminem and more

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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.

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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.”

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.”

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 “

Watch a series of tributes to Strange below:

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