Goodbye Herbie

the mastermind behind Journey's career dies at 73

Herbie Herbert 1948 - 2021
It is a very sad day for the music business. Walter James "Herbie" Herbert II, the original, iconic manager of Journey, passed away today, Tuesday October 26, 2021.

Under the mentorship of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, Herbie started as a roadie for Santana. When the lineup that brought us "Santana III" and "Caravanserai" broke up, he caught the opportunity and put together the band Journey. He recruited Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie for the project, the he had them join with George Tickner and Ross Valory of Frumious Bandersnatch (a band he was managing at the time). Prairie Prince from the Tubes completed the lineup. To top it all,i n 1974 Herbie convinced a shy singer from Hanford, California to join in. His name was Steve Perry... and the rest is history.

Herbie Herbert and Steve Perry of Journey

An impressive legacy in music

Herbie's roaring career didn't stop after Journey took its first hiatus after the Raised on Radio tour of 1987. He brought an impressive number of artists to fame in the 80s and 90s. Roxette, Europe, Mr. Big, Steve Miller Band, Enuff Z'nuff, Bad English and the Storm.

 

His very sharp business sense birthed Nightmare Productions and also Nocturne Productions, the first ever company specializing in big video screens for arena concerts.

Great music is going away

The great personalities that made music great in the 70s and 80s are fast disappearing. The Covid pandemic dealt yet another crushing blow to a music industry that was already clutching at straws. Actual music has never been so uninspired as in the current era. We are very saddened as we realize that great music might not be a part of the future of this planet anymore. Maybe the biz is going to close shop altogether for years to come and that's only going to contribute to the doom and gloom that pervades this troubled postmodern age.

Is this the end? We still hope not. Be safe out there.

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