The rock ‘n roll world is mourning the freakish death of longtime industry insider Mick Brigden, who managed careers and directed tours for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Peter Frampton, among other acts.
Brigden died earlier this week following an accident. He was attempting to dig a grave for his family’s dog at his hilltop home north of Santa Rosa, Calif., the Press Democrat reported Friday. He was 73.
Brigden was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Details of the accident have not been released.
The music manager, a longtime protégé of famed 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, Humble Pie, and Mountain.
“It’s been a crazy and wonderful 33 years of rock ‘n’ 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 worldwide adventures, and all with Mick by my side. He was the ultimate music business mentor. So honest, tough, nurturing, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, and all of those things.
“Mick Brigden was the first person that ever took care of me on the road,” rock vocalist Sammy Hagar posted on Facebook. “He … would hang out with us on days off, a real soldier and loyal friend.”
Brigden is survived by his wife Julia Dreyer Brigden and son Jack Brigden of Santa Rosa, stepdaughter Jessica Merz and grandson David Merz of Novato.