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

Mick Brigden, a road manager at the Stars, 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 employed his talents at various points. According to a obituary posted on Brigden’s website, found his way into the music scene after briefly working as a graphic artist in Toronto. While in New York in the 1960s, he met Felix Pappalardi of the Mountain Group and was hired by him as road manager.

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

Soon after, Brigden began working for Graham and moved to the Navy. In 1976, he became co-head of Bill Graham’s presented management division. Along with Arnie Pustilink, the pair started Wolfgang Records, scoring its first major hit with Eddie Money’s debut album.

“Mick Brigden was the first person to ever take care of me along the way,” singer Sammy Hagar said in a statement. “Montrose opened for Humble Pie for the three years we’ve been on the road. Mick has been their tour manager, lighting director, stage manager, it seemed like he did everything.”

Brigden also managed the career of guitarist Joe Satriani, who was nominated for 15 award couples and once toured as the Rocks ’guitarist.

“I’ve never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so hard, made so much music and had so many adventures worldwide, and all with Mick around me,” Satriani said in a statement. “He was the ultimate business advisor. Honest, hard, encouraging, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was all things and more. I learned a lot about how to be a good person from Mick.”

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

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

Bridgen is survived by his wife and a son, Jack, who also lives in Santa Rosa. Her family is asked to make any donations in honor of Bridgen to the Humane Society of Sonoma County.

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