Steve Soto, Adolescents Bassist & Punk Legend, Dies at 54

Steve Soto, Adolescents Bassist & Punk Legend, Dies at 54

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Steve Soto, founding member of '80s SoCal punks the Adolescents and numerous other bands, died Wednesday (June 27) at age 54.

The Adolescents, who just wrapped up a U.S. tour, confirmed the news Twitter, while Sotos friend and collaborator Greg Antista noted he died peacefully in his sleep in a Facebook post. No cause of death has been reported.

Details for a Soto memorial will be posted as plans are finalized,Antista said.

After a brief stint with fellow California punks Agent Orange, Soto co-founded the Adolescents in 1980. He remained their bass player through all eras of band activity (1980-81, 1986-98, 2001 through today), in addition to time with fellow punk outfits Legal Weapon, Joyride, 22 Jacks, the Chicano punk band Manic Hispanic, and others.

The Adolescents had just completed a small East Coasttouron June 24 and are planning to release a new studio album, Cropduster, on July 7. Theycurrently have a handful of European dates planned, along with a stop at Chicagos Riot Fest in September.

Heres Amoeba, from the Adolescents classic 1981 self-titled debut: