Rolling Stones tour manager Mick Brigden dies after accident digging grave for dog – NBC Boston

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Mick Brigden, a beloved artist manager, died Sunday, September 5, following an accident on the property of his home in Santa Rosa, California. He was 73 years old.

His family confirmed to TODAY that the accident happened while he was ‘trying to dig a grave for his family’s dog at his home’.

Brigden spent decades of his career managing and road-managing musicians like Peter Frampton, Van Morrison and Carlos Santana. He has also led tours for the rolling stones and Bob Dylan. He is best known for spending 30 years leading Grammy-nominated solo guitarist Joe Satriani.

Brigden was born November 4, 1947 in Southend-On-Sea, England, but eventually left for Canada aged 19, according to his obituary. He moved to Toronto and worked as a graphic designer before moving to New York after meeting Felix Pappalardi of rock band Mountain in the late 1960s and becoming their road manager.

In July 1969, Brigden met his wife, Julia, and rock concert promoter Bill Graham when they all attended a concert at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Brigden became Graham’s protege and worked for him for seven years before taking over the management division of his company, Bill Graham Presents. At BGP, Brigden and co-frontman Arnie Pustilnik launched Wolfgang Records in the late 1970s, and “Take Me Home Tonight” singer Eddie Money became the label’s first signing.

Brigden and his wife finally settled in Santa Rosa in 2001 after spending time in the San Francisco Bay Area. He later discovered his talent for growing grapes in his vineyard, used to make Owl Ridge Cabernet.

Satriani wrote an essay in honor of Brigden on his website.

“He was the music industry’s ultimate mentor,” Satriani wrote. “Honest, tough, nurturing, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was all of these and more. I learned so much about how to be a good person from Mick. Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked with the biggest and the best, but he always knew the importance of being kind, being respectful, being cool and doing things the right way.

Rocker Sammy Hagar also shared a Facebook post in honor of the late Brigden. They toured together when Bridgen fronted rock band Humble Pie and Hagar Montrose’s band opened for them.

“Mick Brigden was the first person to look after me on the road,” Hagar wrote. “Montrose opened for Humble Pie for the three years we were on the road. Mick was their tour director, lighting director, stage manager, it seemed like he did it all. He used to make lights for Montrose and spent time with us on days off, a true soldier and loyal friend.

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

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