Musician and manager became notorious for creating famous AOR band around guitarist Neal Schon
The musician and businessman Walter James Herbert, also known as Herbie Herbert, died. The professional became known as the man who created the Journey around the figure of guitarist Neal Schon, after the dissolution of the classic formation of Santana – with whom he had worked as a roadie.
Herbie Herbert, the manager of Journey, dies aged 73. The music mogul passed away of “natural causes.
He worked with the band until 1993, in addition to the splits Hardline and The Storm. It also featured members of the group in its artistic career, using the pseudonym Sy Klopps.
His name was also linked to the careers of the Steve Miller Band, Mr. Big, Europe, Roxette and Enuff Z’Nuff, among others.
The cause of the death of the businessman, who was 73 years old, was not revealed.
Musicians mourn Herbie Herbert’s death
Through social media, Neal Schon expressed his feelings regarding the loss of Herbie Herbert.
I am very saddened by the news I received this evening of the recent loss of Walter Herbie Herbert, whom I have known since I joined Santana in the mid-seventies. He was a man who did everything together with Carlos, Gregg, and the rest of the band.
I met him thanks to Gregg Rolie and Jackie Villanueva (Dr. Brown). We traveled the world together, first with Santana and then with Journey. Shortly after we finished the album ‘Caravanserai’, the band broke up.
Herbie decided to start a management company, asked to be my manager, organize a band around my guitar playing, and that’s when I said ‘Okay, let’s go’ that our long and incredible journey began.
I will treasure all those incredible times, trials, and tribulations that we lived together. Herbie was an amazing manager and fought like a bastard for all of us every step of the way.
I can easily say that without your vision, there would never have been a lot of the groundbreaking things we shared.
I will keep these great moments in my heart forever. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved him.
God bless you. Rest in peace Herbie.
With a lot of love, respect, and admiration.”
Eric Martin, lead singer of Mr. Big, also spoke.
“Herbie Herbert, my mentor, my hero, my friend… You put me on the music map and worked hard to give me a better life. Thanks, Herb. I know you will be comfortable on your journey (no pun intended…it just escaped me) to heaven.
I will cry for you for a long time, like when my father and mother passed away, but like them, you will be at peace, without pain, loved forever and never forgotten.”
Former European guitarist Kee Marcello published :
“I am very sad to hear of the death of the legendary, unstoppable, and incomparable Herbie Herbert. Without him, there would have been no Journey. I was fortunate to be represented by his great vision in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Working with Herbie meant having the full respect of literally everyone in the music industry. He was admired by colleagues and competitors. You will be remembered for your exceptional talent and tireless positive energy. Thanks for everything Herbie. Rest in peace.”