..it's been a crazy & wonderful 33 years of rock 'n' roll. I've never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so hard, made so much music & had so many worldwide adventures, & all with Mick by my side.. RIP Mick Brigden. Read the full essay at https://t.co/fXyB1x0YkM pic.twitter.com/chfcstnXtJ
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) September 7, 2021
Mick Brigden, tour manager of The Rollings Stones, Bob Dylan, and music industry veteran, has died at the age of 73.
His wife Julia Brigden told TMZ that his passing was the result of a freak accident that occurred last week as Mick was burring their beloved Australian Shepherd when the grave collapsed on him.
According to reports, their neighbors saw the incident and called 911, but when they arrived on scene Mick had already passed. Originally it was understood that he passed at the hospital after paramedics rushed him there for treatment, later it was reported that he died immediately after the collapse.
Mick will be remembered not only for his role with rock royalty like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, but also as Joe Satriani‘s manager of 30 years. Brigden spent his early years as a concert promoter for Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, Peter Frampton and Humble Pie. Brigden also helped found the record label Wolfgang Records, which most notably recorded and published Eddie Money‘s discography.
“He was the ultimate music business mentor,” Satriani wrote. “Honest, tough, nurturing, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was all of those things and more. I learned so much about how to be a good person from Mick. Throughout his illustrious career he worked with the biggest and the best, but always knew it was important to be kind, be respectful, be cool and do things the right way.”
The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar, who had crossed paths with him when his group Montrose was touring with Humble Pie, also voiced his condolences.
“Mick Brigden was the first person that ever took care of me on the road,” Hagar wrote. “Montrose opened for Humble Pie for the three years we were on the road. Mick was their tour manager, lighting director, stage manager, seemed like he did everything. He used to do lights for Montrose and would hang out with us on days off, a real soldier and loyal friend.”
Mick is survived by his wife of 34 years Julia, his son Jack, stepdaughter Jessica and grandson David.