Steve Strange R.I.P.

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Steve Strange ist gestern im Alter von nur 55 Jahren an den Folgen eines Herzanfalls gestorben, von Visage.cc: „We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday 12th February, in Sharm El Sheik International Hospital, Egypt. Steve died in his sleep, of Heart Failure.“

Der Mann hatte mit Midge Ure (Ultravox) und Rusty Egan als Visage einen der Synthpop-Klassiker überhaupt geschaffen: Fade to grey.

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Vorher hatte er mit Egan den Blitz Club in Covent Garden, London gestartet, wo von 1979-80 Boy George die Garderobe machte und von wo aus praktisch die kompletten 80er starteten, von Adam Ant, Duran Duran über Siouxsie Sioux, Billy Idol und Spandau Ballet. Der Mann ist ein bisschen dafür verantwortlich, dass die 80er so waren, wie sie waren, inklusive der Frisuren – der Guardian nennt ihn „pop's secret architects“, dessen Rolle es war „to make connections and deploy an aesthetic“. R.I.P. Steve und thanx for all the 80s!

Ex-Visage bandmates Midge Ure and Rusty Egan said they were "devastated" to hear of his "untimely passing", adding: "Steve was a major face of the 80s." Boy George tweeted he was "heartbroken" about the death of Strange, saying he was "such a big part of my life". Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon tweeted that Strange was "the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him". Fellow 1980s pop star Billy Idol tweeted: "Very sad to hear of my friend Steve Strange passing, RIP mate."

Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp dedicated the band's performance in Italy to "a maverick to the end", while his brother and the band's bassist, Martin Kemp, tweeted: "RIP Steve Strange goodbye my dear friend. I will miss you!"

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