Mick Brigden, a legendary tour manager who flew around the world with world-renowned artists such as The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, has died tragically. The 73-year-old Briton died from injuries sustained by digging a grave for his dog.
It is not entirely clear what exactly happened. Brigden’s wife Julia tells The Press Democrat that her husband was injured while helping to dig a grave for their dog on September 5. That took place on the top of a hill, close to their home in Santa Rosa, where Brigden lived in the meantime. Brigden eventually died in hospital.
In addition to The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Brigden worked with big names such as Peter Frampton, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana and Joe Satriani. The tour manager has been working with the latter since 1988. The guitarist shares a tribute to his late friend on social media.
“Mick Brigden was a force to be reckoned with,” it reads. “He was just so original. I’m hesitant to say he was an ‘old fashioned’ rock ‘n’ roll manager because it doesn’t do him justice. He emphasized doing things right and being good to people.”
His wife Julia tells The Press Democrat that she regularly accompanied her husband on tour. Only then did she realize why Bridgen had been one of the most in-demand tour managers among the big names in the music industry since the late 1960s. “He was so organised. That’s why he was so good.”