Brett Tuggle, who spent 20 years in Fleetwood Mac as a keyboardist, has died.
The musician, who is also a founding member of the David Lee Roth band from the 1980s, passed away on June 19, from complications related to cancer.
The 70-year-old played with Jimmy Page, John Kay and Rick Springfield across his long career. “God bless his beautiful spirit” Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty ImagesMORE: Decoding meaning of Drake’s Jimmy Cooks as fans rave about new track
Rick Springfield penned a tribute on Twitter. He wrote: “Our sweet Brett Tuggle made it home tonight. God bless his beautiful spirit.”
His son Matt paid tribute to Rolling Stone, saying: “He was loved by his family so much.
“His family was with him throughout the entire time of his illness. He was a lovely father. He gave me music in my life.”
Tuggle’s journey with Fleetwood Mac began in 1992. He landed a gig with Mick Fleetwood’s side project the Zoo.
He played keyboards on every Fleetwood Mac tour between 1997 and 2017. Tuggle also played with Stevie Nicks and Buckingham McVie. Love of music began in his early years Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty ImagesMORE: Meet Renta, TO1’s newest Japanese member and Produce 101 alum
The star, born in Denver, Colorado, felt a passion for music as a child, and loved the Beach Boys when he was in Junior High.
He previously said: “And like everybody else, pretty much, I saw the Beatles on TV and things were never the same.”
Tuggle’s love affair with keyboards started when he was a teen, and his first real gig came in 1970. He was hired to work on Detroit Wheels LP titled Detroit and also to play for them on tour. He left after 18 months and was then picked up by John Kay and Steppenwolf for their world tour in 1981. The following year he was with Rick Springfield after the hit Jessie’s Girl came to light. “It was kind of scary”
Tuggle previously told Rolling Stone the noise from fans when on the stage was like a “jet engine.”
He said: “The noise was like a jet engine. It was unbelievable. It was kind of scary, it was so loud.” He then added: “It was such hysteria. I’d look down at the audience and these little girls were going ape over this guy, just completely losing it.”
His career then saw him with David Lee Roth in 1986 for the Eat ‘Em and Smile tour. He later came up with the music that became the 1988 hit ‘Just Like Paradise. He continued to play with Roth up until 1994. Fleetwood Mac Photo by Roberta Parkin/RedfernsMORE: Roblox Charli XCX concert start time, items and how to watch
His journey with Fleetwood Mac first began with Mick Fleetwood’s side project the Zoo. When the group reformed in 1997, Tuggle was asked to join them on their worldwide tour.
Recently, he toured with Buckingham McVie up until last year (2021). However, the keyboardist was absent when the tour went back on the road again in April.
In San Francisco on April 5, Buckingham told the crowd about him being absent from the show. He said: “I do want to mention the gentleman who is noticeably absent from the stage tonight.
“Mr. Brett Tuggle is having a little bit of an health problem. Hopefully he’ll be back for the next show, whatever it takes. We missed him tonight.”
Tributes have poured in from fellow musicians and fans across the globe.
This content could not be loadedBrett Tuggle. He’s probably played with someone whose music you love. A lot. A total glue guy. I’ve appreciated him for decades and miss him already. Deepest condolences to his friends, family and fellow musicians. #RestInPeace pic.twitter.com/yJR8HHoP36— njpai (@paischector) June 20, 2022
This content could not be loadedWe are saddened 😔 to hear about the loss of Korg artist Brett Tuggle. He was an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, and toured/recorded with artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page, & more. Our thoughts go out to his family & loved ones during this time 😔 ❤️ 🎹 pic.twitter.com/tIAF3C8vNJ— KORG USA (@KorgUSA) June 20, 2022
This content could not be loadedRest well Brett Tuggle. My condolences to his family & friends— ~☆Sparkxx☆~ (@sparklerella) June 20, 2022
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I was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of longtime multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Brett Tuggle.
He played with David Lee Roth, Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf, Rick Springfield, Whitesnake and Stevie Nicks, among others in a career that spanned over 40 years.— Mike Sarzo ☮️ (@mikesarzo) June 20, 2022
This content could not be loadedI was at the Ace Hotel Theatre with my wife in December of 2021. Rest in Peace, Brett Tuggle. My deepest condolences to his family. 💕💕❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/ScbqujffjP— Dan Lambert (@ProfLambert) June 20, 2022
Brett Tuggle is survived by his children, son Matt and daughter Michelle.
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