Walter James “Herbie” Herbert II, better known as Journey’s longtime manager, died of natural causes on October 25 at the age of 73.
âI will cherish all the amazing times and trials and tribulations we have been through together,â Journey guitarist Neal Schon shared on Instagram. âHerbie was an amazing practical manager and fought like a motherfucker for all of us every step of the way. I can easily say that without her vision there never would have been a lot of innovative things that we shared. hold the greatest time in my heart forever. “
Herbert, a protÃ©gÃ© of legendary rock promoter Bill Graham, began his career as a roadie for Santana, a position that introduced him to future members of Journey Schon and Gregg Rolie. Herbert also led a local San Francisco band called Frumious Bandersnatch, which included other early Journey members Ross Valory and George Tickner.
When Santana disbanded in 1973, Herbert launched the original Journey line and remained their full time manager. He was heavily involved in the group’s business operations, which included creating an in-house recording environment under the name Nightmare Productions and using videos on the big screen (via the creation of Nocturne Productions) for concerts. featuring elaborate lighting and sound displays. . Herbert eventually resigned from Journey in 1993 after singer Steve Perry allegedly asked him to resign due to personality conflicts.
Herbert also led the Steve Miller Band and Journey, offshoots of Storm and Hardline. In the late 90s he dabbled in music recording himself, making three albums under the Sy Klopps name and touring the San Francisco Bay Area with the Sy Klopps Band, which sometimes included the members of Journey Schon, Rolie and Valory.
“He was one of those personalities who tended to teach, coach, share and encourage,” noted Herbert’s friend, Joel Selvin, reporter for the Chronicle of San Francisco. “It was in her DNA. Travel was always Herbie’s idea, it was her band. The musicians had no vision; they wanted to make money, and Herbie steered them into this. direction. He was the complete guide. I always called him the military-industrial rock complex, and he took that as a compliment. He had a huge wit. Seeing him in action was awesome. “
Herbert is survived by his wife, daughters and siblings.
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