Rolling Stones tour manager Mick Brigden dies in accident at his Bay Area home


All-star road manager Mick Brigden died last week in an accident at his Bay Area home. He was 73 years old.

The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Mountain, among many others, have used his talents at various times. According to a obituary posted on Brigden’s website, he found his place on the music scene after briefly working as a graphic designer in Toronto. While in New York in the 1960s, he met Felix Pappalardi of the band Mountain and was hired as a road manager.

In 1969, he met legendary San Francisco music promoter Bill Graham at a concert at the Fillmore West. The encounter would change the trajectory of his career and personal life; he also met his future wife, Julia Dreyer Brigden, at this same concert.

Shortly after, Brigden started working for Graham and moved to Marin. In 1976, he became co-director of the management division of Bill Graham Presents. Along with Arnie Pustilink, the duo launched Wolfgang Records, which marked their first major success with Eddie Money’s debut album.

“Mick Brigden was the first person to look after me on the road,” singer Sammy Hagar said in a statement. “Montrose opened for Humble Pie for the three years we were on the road. Mick was their tour manager, lighting director, stage manager, it seemed like he did it all.”

Brigden also led the career of guitarist Joe Satriani, who was nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and previously toured as a Stones guitarist.

“I have 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,” Satriani said in a statement. “He was the music industry’s ultimate mentor. Honest, tough, nurturing, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was all of that and more. Mick taught me so much about how to be a good nobody.”

The Brigden family moved to Sonoma County in 2001, where Mick enjoyed biking and the wine scene.

Julia Dreyer Brigden told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that the accident happened at their home while Mick Bridgen was digging a grave for the family dog. He died at a local hospital on September 5.

Bridgen is survived by his wife and a son, Jack, who also lives in Santa Rosa. Her family requests that all donations be made in Bridgen’s honor to the Humane Society of Sonoma County.


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