Steve Strange, a highly respected live agent and co-founder of X-ray Touring, has died of a brief illness. He was 53 years old.
An X-ray statement released last night reads: âWe have lost a legendary figure in our personal and professional lives who will be dearly missed by all of us.
âSteve 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 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.
âSteve 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.”
Strange’s roster of artists over the years has included Eminem, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Queens of the Stone Age, The Charlatans, Jimmy Eat World, and many more.
Northern Irishman Strange kicked off the X-Ray tour in 2005 alongside co-founders Ian Huffam, Jeff Craft, Scott Thomas and Martin Horne.
Tributes from the music industry poured in for Strange following news of his passing yesterday.
Emma Banks of CAA wrote on social media, âSteve Strange – a really good, loving person without a bad bone in his body. The life and soul of every occasion, a man of music at heart and devoted to his clients, friends and family.
“If you knew him you will understand why everyone is devastated by his passing and if you didn’t know him you missed a big time.”
Last month, X-ray extended its partnership with investment firm The Yucaipa Companies and formed a new strategic alliance with Artist Group International (AGI), which is part of Yucaipa’s Y Entertainment Group.
Among a list of over 400 acts, X-ray also represents artists such as Robbie Williams, Gorillaz, Linkin Park, Pixies, Stereophonics, Bombay Bicycle Club, Phoebe Bridgers, The Internet, The Offspring, Enter Shikari and Fever 333.Music trade around the world