Guitarist Sammy Hagar remembered his friend Mick Brigden, former manager of the Rolling Stones, who died in a tragic accident.
News about Brigden, who died on Sept. 5, 2021, didn’t become public until Friday, Sept. 10. He was 73 years old.
“Mick Brigden was the first person that ever took care of me on the road,” Hagar said in a Friday post on Facebook. “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,” Hagar wrote. “He used to do lights for Montrose and would hang out with us on days off, a real soldier and loyal friend. The way he took care of Joe Satriani all these years and then for Chickenfoot as our co-manager with Carter (God rest his soul).
“I’m sure they’re all working for Bill Graham again in the rock ‘n’ roll heaven,” Hagar, who also played with Van Halen and as a solo artist, said. “RIP Mick Brigden, my condolences to your loved ones.”
Rolling Stones Tour Manager Died In Tragic Accident At 73
According to the Press Democrat in Riverside, Calif., Brigden died in a tragic accident. The newspaper reported that he was digging a grave for his pet dog. While doing so, an accident occurred according to his wife, Julia Dreyer Brigden. He was then rushed to a local hospital in his hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif, where he was pronounced dead.
She tributed her husband after his untimely death.
“He was so organized,” Julia Dreyer Brigden said “That’s why he was so good at his job. When you arrived at the hotel, the cars were waiting and the venues were set up.”
He Organized Tours For Rock Band As Well As Bob Dylan
Mick Brigden organized tours for the Rolling Stones along with Bob Dylan. He was born on Nov. 4, 1947, in Southend On Sea, England. He left for Canada when he was 19. Brigden would go to Toronto, Ontario, where he worked as a graphic artist.
But he would then move to New York upon a chance meeting with Mountain’s Felix Pappalardi in the late 1960s.
According to the Press-Democrat, Mick Brigden became their road manager. He met his wife Julia in 1969 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. They lived in San Francisco and Fairfax, Calif. But they moved to Sonoma County, Calif., in 2001.
It was at that same concert where Mick met Julia that he also met legendary rock concert promoter, Bill Graham. Brigden would soon go to work for Graham.
Mick Brigden worked hard to make sure Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood made their gigs on time.