Canadian rockstar Neil Young paid tribute to his late manager, Elliot Roberts, after his passing on June 21 via a post on his website.
Young and Roberts not only had a business relationship, but the two were also close friends for over 50 years. Roberts died at the age of 76 after a successful life and career of managing many other artists in addition to Neil Young, including Tom Petty, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, and more.
On his website, Young spoke fondly of his friend by stating, “My friend for over 50 years, Elliot Roberts, has passed away. We are all heartbroken, but want to share what a great human being Elliot has been. Never one to think about himself, he put everyone else first. That’s what he did for me for over fifty years of friendship, love and laughter, managing my life, protecting our art in the business of music. That’s what he did.”
Other artists and friends of Roberts paid tribute to him as well, such as Stephen Stills, Flea, Courtney Love, Slash, Tom Petty, and many others. Pearl Jam’s manager, Kelly Curtis, took to the band’s Instagram to write a heartfelt and funny post alongside a picture of the two.
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Elliot was the first manager to take me under his wing when Pearl Jam was becoming successful in the early 90’s. While many managers were trying to take Pearl Jam away from me, Elliot was giving me great advice…mainly, never apologize for your band. One time, someone asked him why he was so nice to me. In a very typical Elliot fashion, he responded, “Are you kidding? He could get hit by a bus tomorrow and then I would get Pearl Jam.” I was standing right next to him…still makes me laugh. – Kelly Curtis #ElliotRoberts 📸: Jeff Ament
RIP Elliot Roberts. Elliot was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Co-manager together with Tony Dimitriades 1978-1988. He was a dear friend of the Heartbreakers family and will be deeply missed by all. (📷: @LinerNoteJunkie ) pic.twitter.com/MyrpNZQpsE
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) June 23, 2019
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Written by: Tasha Chaves