Herbie Herbert, Journey & Steve Miller Band Manager, Dies at 73

by Samantha Whidden
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Herbie Herbert, who is known as the manager of Journey and Steve Miller Band, has passed away from natural causes at the age of 73.

Variety reported that Herbie Herbert died at his home in Orlando, California on Monday (October 25th). The media outlet revealed Herbert is actually the third Graham business associate who has died over the past few months. Herbert’s death follows Mick Brigden, who was the ex-tour manager of The Rolling Stones. Brigden also headed the management side of Bill Graham Presents and Dell Furano. Herbert notably passed away on the 30th anniversary of Graham’s death. 

While he is known for being a music manager, he was also a musician. He actually became a roadie for Santana. He also managed Frumious Bandersnatch. Herbert was also known for putting together the original lineup for Journey. He remained the iconic rock band’s manager through 1993, due to conflicts with the band’s lead singer, Steve Perry. 

Along with Journey, Herbert managed the Steve Miller Band. He also co-managed Swedish groups Roxette and Europe, as well as Mr. Big, Enuff Z’Nuff, and Journey splinter groups The Storm and Hardline.

Journey Bandmate Neal Schon Mourns the Loss of Herbie Herbert 

Following the news of Herbie Herbert’s death, Journey bandmate Neal Schon took to his Instagram to mourn the loss of the band’s former manager. “I’m very saddened by this news tonight of the recent Loss Of Walter (Herbie) Herbert. Whom I’ve known since I joined Santana mid 1970. Where I witnessed Herbie. A one-man do it all show with Carlos, Gregg, and the rest of the band.”

Schon also shared that he met Herbie Herbert through Gregg Rolie and Jackie Villanueva (Dr. Brown). “We traveled the world together first with Santana then Journey. Shortly after we had completed the Caravanserai album.”

That’s when, Schon writes, Santana originally disbanded and Herbie Herbert decided to start a management company. “[He] approached me about managing myself and wrapping a band around my guitar playing. Our long amazing Journey started when I said great let’s go.”

Schon further states that he’ll cherish all the “incredible” times as well as the trials and tribulations he and Herbie Herbert experienced together. “Herbie was an incredible hands-on Manager and fought like a motherf—cker for all of us every step of the way. I can easily say that without his vision, there would have never been many of the innovative things that we shared.”

Schon goes on to add that he will always hold the greatest times he had with the former band manager in his heart forever. “My deepest condolences to all that knew him and loved him. God Bless you. R.I.P. Herbie. with much love respect and admiration.”

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