Mick Brigden, a tour supervisor who labored with artists together with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, died on Sept. 5 after an accident at his house in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was 73.
Brigden’s spouse, Julia Dreyer Brigden, advised the Press Democrat that her husband was on the property digging a grave for the household’s pet canine when the accident occurred.
All through his profession, which spanned over 50 years, Brigden served as supervisor and highway supervisor for the likes of Humble Pie, Peter Frampton, Taj Mahal, Morrison and Carlos Santana. He additionally directed excursions for Dylan and the Stones, however he’s finest identified for the final three a long time managing guitarist Joe Satriani.
Born in 1947 in Southend-On-Sea, England, Bridgen moved to Toronto at age 19 to pursue a profession in graphic artwork. Within the late Sixties, he met Felix Pappalardi of the band Mountain, relocated to the U.S. and have become their highway supervisor. He quickly met Invoice Graham and began working for the legendary rock live performance promoter, finally main the administration division of Invoice Graham Presents (BGP) alongside Arnie Pustilink.
Collectively within the late ’70s, Brigden and Pustilnik launched the Columbia-distributed label Wolfgang Information, signing Eddie Cash as their first artist.
When Graham died in 1991, Brigden and Pustilnik banded along with 13 different BGP staff to purchase 90 p.c of the corporate, leaving 10 p.c for Graham’s two sons. Within the early 2000s, they bought the enterprise, and Brigden based MJJ Administration, with Satriani as his solely consumer.
After a few years in Marin County, Calif., Brigden settled down together with his spouse in Santa Rosa in 2001. Outdoors of music, he developed a ardour for winemaking and biking — his grapes have been used to make an unique Owl Ridge cabernet, and he rode a classic Bianchi steel-framed bike from Italy.
“It’s been a loopy and great 33 years of rock ‘n’ roll,” Satriani stated in an announcement following Brigden’s dying. “I’ve by no means labored so arduous, performed so arduous, laughed and cried so arduous, made a lot music and had so many worldwide adventures, and all with Mick by my aspect.”
He added, “He was the final word music enterprise mentor. Sincere, robust, nurturing, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was all of issues and extra. I realized a lot about methods to be a superb individual from Mick. All through his illustrious profession he labored the most important and the most effective, however all the time knew it was necessary to be type, be respectful, be cool and do issues the appropriate method.”
Brigden is survived by his spouse Julia, son Jack, step-daughter Jessica and grandson David Merz. Donations in Brigden’s title could also be made to The Humane Society of Sonoma County.