Bay Area music legends and their legions of fans are mourning the loss this week of music industry pioneer Herbie Herbert, the former manager of Santana and co-creator of Journey, who passed away Monday at the age of 73 at his home in Orinda, according to Maria Hoppe, the executive director of the Sweetwater Music Hall and Herbert’s longtime assistant and family spokesperson.
Hoppe says Herbert, who managed Journey for more than 20 years and reportedly recruited one-time frontman Steve Perry into the band in 1977, had been suffering from a prolonged illness. Soon after the news spread, reactions from some of the people who benefited by Herbert’s creativity and dedication issued statements mourning Herbert’s passing.
That included Journey guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon, via Facebook: “I’m very saddened by this news tonight of the recent loss of Walter (Herbie) Herbert, whom I’ve known since I joined Santana mid-1970 where I witnessed Herbie, a one man do it all show with Carlos (Santana), Gregg (Rolie) and the rest of the band. We traveled the world together first with Santana then Journey. Shortly after we had completed the Caravanserai album. The band disbanded. Herbie had decided to start a management company and approached me about managing myself and wrapping a band around my guitar playing and our long amazing Journey started when I said, ‘great let’s go.'”