It has been reported that Steve Soto, one of the founding members of the punk bands The Adolescents and Agent Orange, passed away today at the age of 54. The Adolescents’ Twitter confirmed his passing:
with heavy heart i share the passing of steve soto, my friend and bandmate since 1979. i dont know what to do. or to say.
goodbye my brother.
— The Adolescents (@TheAdolescents) June 28, 2018
At the moment cause of death is unknown, but came about unexpectedly. The Adolescents this past weekend wrapped up their East Coast tour dates and have scheduled dates for Europe later on this summer. The Adolescents last concert in Orange County was on June 5th at the recently opened venue Marty’s On Newport.
His suddenly death has left the music community in mourning.
Good bye Steve Soto 💔
Such an amazing person. Such a great loss to the underground music community… RIP.
— Al Barr (@neverfal_) June 28, 2018
— The Aquabats (@TheAquabats) June 28, 2018
RIP Steve Soto, fellow traveler, founding member of @TheAdolescents and Agent Orange. Our hearts go out to family, friends, & the fans. You died too young but your music will live forever. pic.twitter.com/knhUB4n87x
— Bad Religion (@badreligion) June 28, 2018
You left this world too soon my old friend but your music is immortal. RIP Steve Soto, thanks for the melodies. pic.twitter.com/rP8yHB6Xv6
— Brett Gurewitz (@BrettGurewitz) June 28, 2018
Oh no. So sorry brother. This is truly a great loss for our community, scene, and beyond.
So much love and positivity to The Adolescents and their crew, past and present.
Rest In Power Steve Soto! https://t.co/3yiO82LfNm
— ChrisDos (@ChrisDos) June 28, 2018
Not a whole lot of people I’ve met in my life that I could call up anytime, anywhere, any condition and they would help. My brother Steve Soto was one of the few. I own most of what I’ve… https://t.co/r2co6GngFM
— Cj Ramone (@theecjramone) June 28, 2018
Kids of the black hole forever. RIP Steve Soto.
— COLD CAVE (@ColdCave23) June 28, 2018
RIP Steve Soto.
Kind hearted and talented.
A punk rock pioneer.
— Dave Hause (@hausedave) June 28, 2018
— The Dwarves (@thedwarvesband) June 28, 2018
In 2008, I toured in the USA with Steve Soto & The Twisted Hearts. I was opening the shows but Steve and his band also learned my songs. Woke up to the sad news of his passing. RIP – a generous, sweet man and a punk legend.
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) June 28, 2018
We lost a dear friend, Steve Soto of the @TheAdolescents, who passed away too young. But his influence will carry on and his presence will be remembered as a gift to us all.
— Greg Graffin (@DoctorGraffin) June 28, 2018
RIP Steve Soto, our condolences to you & yours. ❤️ https://t.co/N1kuRnHnI8
— Hatebreed (@hatebreed) June 28, 2018
RIP Steve Soto
— John Feldmann (@JohnFeldy) June 28, 2018
Saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Soto. I only knew Steve in passing, our bands played a handful of shows together over the years. Was always a welcoming and friendly face to run into. I’m appreciative of those memories and having had the chance to share the stage.
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) June 28, 2018
Really sad to hear of the passing of Steve Soto, a huge part of my musical DNA, a beautiful soul with a beautiful voice…RIP 🙏🏻
— Mark McGrath (@mark_mcgrath) June 28, 2018
Heartbreaking news that Steve Soto has passed. Such a kind & humble guy, in addition to being an original California punk legend & innovator. I was fortunate enough to have casually known him since the 90s & he was always such a good dude. 🌹@TheAdolescents #RIPSteveSoto pic.twitter.com/KSbMumabzl
— Marko DeSantis (@SugarcultMarko) June 28, 2018
FIRST ADOLESCENTS IS TIMELESS I'M GLAD I GOT TO SEE YOU PLAY BASS YOU WERE PART OF DEFINING THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUNK ROCK SOUND FOR A LOT OF FOLKS RIP TO AN OG STEVE SOTO BLUE ALBUM POSSESSES POWER UNEXPLAINABLE IN WORDS #stevesoto #theadolescents #thebluealbum
— NAILS (@NAILStyranny) June 28, 2018
Steve Soto, Rest In Peace. His contributions to punk music & the scene shouldn't be underestimated, and the music he was a part of should be honored on this day. https://t.co/CGI8b4179l
— Nick 13 (@nick13official) June 28, 2018
We are devastated by the news of Steve Soto’s passing. He played in so many great bands, was a great bass player, guitar player, & singer, but mostly he was just an honest & sweet guy. He was our hero in the Adolescents and an inspiration to us as musicians. #heartbroken
— Offspring (@offspring) June 28, 2018
When you talk about California punk Rock and Punk Rock in general, Steve Soto will forever be on top of the list of people who put it on the map. He 100% helped pave the way for all of us who decided to pick up an instrument and play our version of Punk. You will be missed. RIP pic.twitter.com/usYcaYLPxC
— RANCID (@Rancid) June 28, 2018
Unbelievably sad to hear of the passing of Steve Soto. The Adolescents have been, and continue to be, my favorite band in the world. I was blessed to be able to play a number of solo shows with Steve, and considered him a friend. Go easy man. pic.twitter.com/by4Fq4hcHC
— Russ Rankin (@russrankinNJD) June 28, 2018
RIP Steve Soto
— Ryan Seaman (@ryanseaman) June 28, 2018
RIP to Steve Soto from The Adolescents & Punk Rock Karaoke! Really sad to hear about his passing. I had so much fun last year singing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at the NYC edition Punk Rock Karaoke. My thoughts go out to @Darrin99 & the rest of his friends and family. 😦
— SAMANTHA SCARLETTE (@SammiScarlette) June 28, 2018
RIP Steve Soto
— Screeching Weasel (@screechingweez) June 28, 2018
— Smut Peddlers (@Smut_Peddlers) June 28, 2018
We’re saddened to hear of the passing of a true legend. Rest In Peace Steve Soto https://t.co/L4Pd31iFtP
— Teenage Bottlerocket (@teenbottlerock) June 28, 2018
Very sad to hear of Steve Soto’s passing. A few of us had met him a few times over the years at festivals and shows, and he was always kind and very cool to us. A true legend in every sense of the word. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and band mates.
— Tsunami Bomb (@tsunamibombband) June 28, 2018
We are truly at a loss for words to hear about the passing of our great friend Steve Soto. The nicest guy in punk rock. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
RIP #SteveSoto ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4Cs1cCyBqD
— The Vandals (@TheVandals) June 28, 2018
Rest in Power STEVE SOTO!
— Viernes 13 (@Viernes13) June 28, 2018