Former Rolling Stones tour manager dies after accident while digging grave for dog in California garden


Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana, former Rolling Stones tour managers, died Sunday following an accident at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif., his family announced.

Mick Brigden, 73, was digging a grave for his family’s pet dog on September 5 when an accident occurred and he had to be rushed to hospital, where he died. People reported.

Brigden was born in November 1947 in Southend-On-Sea, England. At 19, he moved to Toronto to pursue a career in graphic design. In the late 1960s, he became the Mountain band’s road manager after meeting and befriending band member Felix Pappalardi. He then started working for mega concert promoter Bill Graham, his website said.

In the late 1970s, he and a business partner launched the Columbia Records imprint Wolfgang Records and signed Eddie Money as the label’s first artist.

“Mick has spent decades managing and managing on the road Humble Pie, Mountain and Peter Frampton, in addition to Van Morrison, Taj Mahal and Carlos Santana, among others. He has led tours for the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and is perhaps best known over the past three decades for managing the career of multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated lead guitarist Joe Satriani,” his website said.

His 34-year-old wife, Julia, often spent time on the road with him. “He was so organized. That’s why he was so good at his job,” she said. The democrat of the press. “When you got to the hotel, the cars were waiting and the sites were set up.”

Brigden had other business ventures in the concert and music industry before starting MJJ Management with guitarist Joe Satriani as his sole client, People reported.

Satriani released a statement on his manager’s passing on Twitter.

“It’s been 33 crazy, wonderful years of rock ‘n’ roll,” Satriani said in a statement after Brigden’s death. “I’ve never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so hard, made so much music and had so many adventures around the world, and all with Mick by my side.”

Sammy Hagar also released a statement on Brigden’s sudden passing Satriani’s website.

“Mick Brigden was the first person to look after me on the road,” he said. “Montrose opened for Humble Pie for the three years we were on the road. Mick was their tour director, lighting director, stage manager…he seemed to do it all. He used to make lights for Montrose and spent time with us on days off, a true soldier and loyal friend. The way he took care of Joe Satriani all those years and then Chickenfoot as co-manager with Carter (God rest his soul). I’m sure they’re all working for Bill Graham again in rock ‘n’ roll heaven. RIP Mick Brigden, my condolences to your loved ones.

Brigden is survived by his wife Julia, son Jack, daughter-in-law Jessica and grandson David Merz.

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