He was 73 years old. His wife, Julia, gave details of the episode
The Rolling Stones’ tour manager, Mick Brigden, has died at age 73 in a tragic accident at his home in Santa Rosa, California. According to media such as The Press Democrat or Daily Mail, Brigden was injured while digging a grave for his dog in the garden of his house.
He was immediately transferred to the hospital, where he ended up dying within hours. The Rolling Stones tour manager also traveled the world with such legendary names as Bob Dylan, Mountain, Peter Frampton, Humble Pie, Van Morrison, and Carlos Santana.
As his wife Julia revealed, while Brigden was digging, something happened and the hole collapsed on him. He assured me that it was a strange accident and that he died immediately.
Julia also said that a neighbor saw the entire episode and quickly called 911. The paramedics arrived, but it was too late. They couldn’t save Mick.
The strange episode occurred on September 5, but the family only released it this weekend. This was confirmed on his website by guitarist Joe Satriani, who also used to work with Brigden: “With tremendous sadness, we confirm the death of the artist manager and former protégé of Bill Graham, Mick Brigden, on September 5.”
..it's been a crazy & wonderful 33 years of rock 'n' roll. I've never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so hard, made so much music & had so many worldwide adventures, & all with Mick by my side.. RIP Mick Brigden. Read the full essay at https://t.co/fXyB1x0YkM pic.twitter.com/chfcstnXtJ
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) September 7, 2021
The Rolling Stones tour manager also collaborated with great talents such as Bob Dylan, Mountain, Peter Frampton, Humble Pie, Van Morrison and Carlos Santana.
“It has been 33 crazy and wonderful years of rock ‘n’ roll. I never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so much, made so much music and had so many adventures all over the world, and all with Mick by my side. He was the best mentor in the music business. Honest, tough, loving, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was all of those things and more. I learned a lot about how to be a good person from Mick, ”Striani wrote.
“It was very organized. That’s why he was so good at his job, ”confirmed his still shocked wife.
This music lover was born in 1947 in Southend-on-Sea, and England, but moved to Canada at age 10 and settled in Toronto. He later lived in New York, where he met Felix Pappalardi of the rock band Mountain and became his tour manager. There his career took off.
He met legendary concert promoter Bill Graham at a concert in 1969 and quickly began working for him and played a role in promoting artists such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead before forging his own company in 1976.
Brigden’s passing is another blow for the Rolling Stones, following the death of drummer Charlie Watts on August 24 at the age of 80.
Watts joined with the “satanic majesties” since 1963, died in a London clinic, where earlier this month he had undergone an operation, of which the family did not provide details, and was forced to cancel his participation in the Stones tour in the USA
Quiet, friendly, and a lover of tailored suits, Watts leaves a great void in the band, which is about to resume the tour that they had suspended last year because of the pandemic.
The Rolling Stones are scheduled to go on tour in a few days when they kick off the “No Filter Tour” on September 26 in St. Louis, Missouri.