Rolling Stones tour manager Mick Brigden dies after incident ‘while digging grave for pet dog’

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Artist manager Mick Brigden died Sunday, September 5, following an accident on the property of his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. 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.

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Joe Satriani (L) and his manager Mick Brigden (R) at SIR studios in New York on February 20, 1988. Credit: Ebet Roberts/red ferns

Brigden was born on 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.

Brigden also tours for the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.  (L-R) Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform onstage at Hard Rock Stadium on August 30, 2019.
Brigden also tours for the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. (L-R) Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform onstage at Hard Rock Stadium on August 30, 2019. Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images

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 Brigden’s honor on his website.

“He was the music industry’s ultimate mentor,” Satriani wrote. “Honest, tough, nurturing, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was all of that and more.

“I’ve learned so much about being a good person from Mick. Throughout his illustrious career, he’s worked with the biggest and the best, but he always knew it was important to be nice, be respectful, be cool and do things the right way.

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

“A true soldier and a faithful friend”

“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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