Music agent, 53, who represented stars Coldplay, Eminem and Queens of the Stone Age, dies after brief illness as friends mourn ‘hugely respected and loved character’
- Steve Strange was hailed as ‘legendary’ after his death after a short illness
- The agent signed and developed some of the greatest artists in the world
- A tribute described the 53-year-old as a ‘unique individual within our industry’
A celebrity agent who represented music stars like Coldplay, Eminem and Queens of the Stone Age has died aged 53.
Steve Strange, founder of X-Ray Touring, was hailed as a “legendary figure” after his death after a short illness.
The agent signed and developed some of the best artists around the world during his career, which started as a drummer and performed with several Irish bands.
Steve Strange, founder of X-Ray Touring, was hailed as a ‘legendary figure’ after his death after a short illness
Among the artists he worked with during his career is British rock band Coldplay (pictured)
Mr Stamp has also worked with and represented American rapper Eminem (pictured)
A tribute published by CelebrityAccess read: ‘We have lost a legendary figure in our personal and professional lives that we will all miss dearly.
“Steve was a unique person within our industry, his overwhelming love of music led to a career spanning more than 30 years as a tour guide touring an eclectic mix of artists from all the music genres he adored.
“A universally known, highly respected and loved character – if you hadn’t already seen him at a performance or festival, you would certainly hear his infectious and infamous laugh.”
After playing in the band No Hot Ashes, Mr Strange started entering the world of artist management and booking agencies in the 1990s.
In addition to working with Coldplay, Eminem and Queens of the Stone Age, he also boasted clients such as Chance the Rapper, Snow Patrol, Jimmy Eat World, Kodaline and Bright Eyes.
In 2019, he became the second Northern Irishman to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, reports the Belfast Telegraph.
He was given the gong at a ceremony in Belfast, where he was praised for championing emerging acts and giving homegrown bands a platform.