He was the longtime manager of the band “Journey.”
Walter James “Herbie” Herbert II, who went on to manage Journey for nearly two decades, has died of natural causes at his home in Orinda, California, on Monday according to reports by Variety. He was 73 years old at the time.
His longtime assistant Maria Hoppe, who is the executive director of Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, told the principal outlet of news that the music manager had been suffering from a “prolonged illness.”
Herbert started his career working for tour promoter Bill Graham, initially as a roadie for Santana before becoming the manager of Frumious Bandersnatch. Following the breakup of Santana, Herbert reformed Journey in 1973 and remained the band’s manager until 1993.
Following Mick Brigden, the ex-Rolling Stones tour manager who oversaw the management side of Bill Graham Presents, and Dell Furano, the creator of Winterland Productions marketing, both of whom died in September, Herbert is the third Graham business colleague to pass away in recent months.
Reactions to Herbie Herbert Dies At 73
Rest In Peace Herbie Herbert pic.twitter.com/shUnI4pjGi— Leonard Misner 🇺🇸 (@Leonard_Misner) October 26, 2021
R.I.P., @Herbie Herbert. No matter how a person feels about him, he brought Steve Perry into Journey and changed the world FOREVER. For that I will be eternally grateful. 1948-2021— Valkyrie981 (@Valkyrie9811) October 26, 2021
#walterherbert #herbieherbert pic.twitter.com/k6i7Gcuv8t
So sad to hear of the passing of long time Journey manager Herbie Herbert. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Rest In Peace Herbie. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/W8Zvxye8Mp— Carrie (@hippiechick7766) October 26, 2021
RIP Herbie Herbert. Thanks for giving us Journey #Herbieherbert #Journey #Legend #Roxette #Europe #NealSchon #MrBig #rockhistory pic.twitter.com/p7quzwx8aH— Jib Khan (@StarflightJib) October 26, 2021
I just heard the sad news that Herbie Herbert died today. I would have liked to have met him. But you know, I remember him standing at our side of the stage, checking out the crowd coming in as we sat in the second row at the 1986 Journey show in Salt Lake City. #JourneyOfficial pic.twitter.com/iV86oj8qZa— Tony Stark (@MrTonyStark70) October 27, 2021
Thinking of Herbie Herbert's wife, family and friends during this difficult time. Herbie was brilliant, innovative and exceptional in the music industry. He set the bar high. #HerbieHerbert #Journey https://t.co/8puiIFPHg1— PretentiousRoadiePodCast (@PodPretentious) October 26, 2021
R.I.P. Herbie Herbert. Thank you for discovering Steve Perry. February 5, 1948 – October 26, 2021. #herbieherbert #journey #nealschon #greggrolie #rossvalory #stevesmith #steveperry #jonathancain #ansleydunbar #prarieprince #mrbig #roxette #georgetickner #santana #hardline pic.twitter.com/l3TWaiZ2cG— LadyJ (@Lady_J50) October 26, 2021
Herbie Herbert. One of the greatest if not THE greatest managers in all of the music industry BAR NONE. I can listen to him for hours talking about anything and any one; he was truly great.— 🇺🇸✭ Rob Donahoo ✭🇺🇸 (@RobDon213LA) October 26, 2021
Sadly he is no longer with us.
Godspeed, Herbie. 😞🎸🙏🏻
JourneyやMr.BigのマネージャーだったHerbie Herbert氏がお亡くなりになったそうです。— alessandro_S_T_H_N (@devotional_MMXX) October 27, 2021