Rolling Stones tour manager dies while digging dog grave

Mick Bridgen and dog Travis dog-sad
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Mick Bridgen, the man who flew all over the world as a tour manager with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrisson and Bob Dylan, has died tragically.

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the 13/09/2021, 19:00

On September 5, 2021, legendary tour manager of the band Chickenfoot, Mick Bridgen, and the Rolling Stone sadly passed away in an unfortunate accident. 

Mick Bridgen, an Englishman who was not only the tour manager of The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, but also worked with the likes of Joe Satriani, Carlos Santana and Peter Frampton, turned 73 this year. His dog Travis, an Australian Shepherd for whom he dug the grave, died two days after his owner. Travis turned 14 years old.


An unfortunate accident

Mick’s dog was slowly dying, so Mick decided to dig a grave for his dog somewhere on top of a hill not far from his home. What happened next is not quite clear. Bridgen's wife Julia told a Dutch newspaper that her husband was injured when he helped dig a grave for their dog. An unfortunate accident, it seems. Two days after Mick’s death, Travis passed away.

He was the ultimate music mentor

Bridgen was Bill Graham's protégé. When the latter was killed in a helicopter crash in 1991, Bridgen, along with several others, bought 90% of Bill Graham Presents company shares.

In 2008, Bridgen became the manager of Chickenfoot, which featured rock stars such as Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith.

Satriania shared a tribute to his deceased friend on social media: "He was the ultimate music mentor. I've never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so hard, made so much music and had so many worldwide adventures, and all with Mick by my side".

RIP Mick Bridgen and Travis.