Mick Brigden, a road manager to the stars, died in an accident at his home in the Bay Area last week. He was 73.
The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Mountain and many others put his talents to use in various places. According to an obituary on Brigden’s website, he found his way into the music scene after briefly working as a graphic designer in Toronto. In the 1960s in New York, he met Felix Pappalardi from the band Mountain and was hired as their road manager.
In 1969 he met the legendary music promoter Bill Graham from San Francisco at a concert at the Fillmore West. The meeting would change the course of his career and personal life; At this concert he also met his future wife Julia Dreyer Brigden.
Soon after, Brigden started working for Graham and moved to Marin. In 1976 he became co-head of the management department of Bill Graham Presents. Together with Arnie Pustilink, the couple founded Wolfgang Records, which had its first big hit with Eddie Money’s debut album.
“Mick Brigden was the first person who ever looked after me on the street,” singer Sammy Hagar said in a statement. “Montrose opened up for Humble Pie in the three years we were out. Mick was their tour manager, lighting director, stage manager, he seemed to be doing it all.”
Brigden also led the career of guitarist Joe Satriani, who was nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and once toured as guitarist for the Stones.
“I’ve never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so much, made so much music and experienced so many worldwide adventures, and all with Mick by my side,” Satriani said in a statement. “He was the ultimate mentor for the music business. Honest, tough, caring, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, empathetic, he was all of these things and more. I learned so much from Mick about how to be a good person.”
The Brigden family moved to Sonoma County in 2001, where Mick enjoyed cycling and enjoying the wine scene.
Julia Dreyer Brigden told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that the accident happened at her home while Mick Bridgen was digging a grave for the family dog. He died on September 5th in a local hospital.
Bridgen leaves behind his wife and son, Jack, who also lives in Santa Rosa. His family requests that all donations be made to the Humane Society of Sonoma County in Bridgen’s honor.