Rolling Stones manager Mick Brigden has died at 73
The rock ‘n roll world mourns the chilling death of longtime industry insider Mick Brigden, who has managed careers and toured for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Peter Frampton, among others.
Brigden died earlier this week in an accident while attempting to dig a grave for his family’s dog at his hilltop home north of Santa Rosa, Calif., Reported Friday the Press Democrat. He was 73 years old.
The grave hole collapsed on Brigden and he died immediately, according to TMZ.
Brigden lived briefly in New York City in the 1960s where he became the road manager of the Long Island-based band Mountain, known for their hit “Mississippi Queen” and their performance at Woodstock in 1969.
The music director, a longtime protege of famous rock promoter Bill Graham, was best known in recent decades for his work with Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani. He also helped manage hitmakers such as Sammy Hagar, Eddie Money, and Humble Pie.
“It’s been a crazy, wonderful 33 years of rock and roll,” Satriani posted on Instagram, along with a photo of Brigden. “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. He was the ultimate mentor in the music world. Honest, tough, caring, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was it all.
“Mick Brigden was the first person to take care of me on the road,” rock singer Sammy Hagar said on Facebook. “He… spent time with us on the days off, a true soldier and a loyal friend. “
Brigden is survived by his wife Julia Dreyer Brigden and son Jack Brigden of Santa Rosa, daughter-in-law Jessica Merz and grandson David Merz of Novato.