Brett Tuggle, keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac, dies at 70

Brett Tuggle, Keyboardist For Fleetwood Mac, Dies At 70

Beloved keyboardist Brett Tuggle, best known for being part of Fleetwood Mac, died aged 70 on Sunday.

The musician’s son Matt Tuggle confirmed the news to Rolling Stone and said his father died of complications related to cancer.

“He was very loved by his family,” Matt told the channel. “His family was with him the entire time of his illness. He was a lovely father. He gave me music in my life.”

Tuggle, who hails from Denver, Colorado, learned about his love for playing the piano at a young age.

He eventually moved to Texas to pursue a career in music. But it wasn’t until 1981 that his talent became known after he started sharing the stage with John Kay & Steppenwolf.

The following year, Tuggle met Rick Springfield and subsequently joined his band. He spent a few years playing shows with hitmaker “Jessie’s Girl”.

Tuggle later joined David Lee Roth and toured with him from 1986 to 1994 – making him one of the founding members of The David Lee Roth Band.

The duo co-wrote the 1987 hit “Just Like Paradise”.

“He was a lovely father. He gave me music in my life.”

Matt Tuggle

It wasn’t until 1997 that Tuggle’s brilliant career took him to Fleetwood Mac. He joined the band during the reunion era for over two decades until 2018.

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Tuggle was an acquaintance of Mick Fleetwood after getting a gig for the musician’s band, Mick Fleetwood(‘s) Zoo.

After performing with the band for 21 years, Tuggle received an abrupt call saying he was out of the band.

He has since opened up about being fired from the band, saying it was because lead singer Stevie Nicks thought he was too close to fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

Tuggle also joined both of them during their solo shows, but said that ultimately it all came down to making a decision.

“It got to the point where Stevie said, ‘You’re going to have to decide,’” Tuggle told Rolling Stone in 2020. “I said, ‘You know, Stevie, I love playing with you. I will help you. But Lindsey doesn’t have a band. She said, ‘I know he needs good people.’

“She seemed okay with it when I left to do the Lindsey thing. But just think that in the end, she looked at me a little bit like she abandoned her and went to Lindsey’s camp,” she added.

Brett Tuggle performs onstage during the 'Music Strong' benefit concert at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on February 10, 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California.
Brett Tuggle performs onstage during the ‘Music Strong’ benefit concert at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on February 10, 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California.
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After news of Tuggle’s death broke, tributes poured in for the beloved musician.

About twitter, Springfield wrote: “Our sweet Brett Tuggle came home tonight. God bless your beautiful spirit.”

David Lee Roth guitarist Billy Sheehan also paid tribute in twitterwriting, “Brett Tuggle—truly the ‘secret weapon’ of the Eat ‘Em & Smile tour band.

“Loved by all who knew him and gifted with supreme talent – ​​Rest in peace. We will never forget you.”

Tuggle is survived by his son Matt and daughter Michelle.

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