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Brett Tuggle dead at 70: The keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac had cancer

Brett Tuggle dies aged 70: Fleetwood Mac and The David Lee Roth Band keyboardist dies after battle with cancer as Rick Springfield pays heartfelt tribute

  • Keyboardist Brett Tuggle has died aged 70 after battling cancer
  • He toured for 20 years with the iconic band Fleetwood Mac. from the 70s
  • And he was one of the founding members of The David Lee Roth Band
  • Tuggle also helped Roth write his 1988 hit, Just Like Paradise

Acclaimed keyboardist Brett Tuggle has died aged 70 after battling cancer.

He toured with Fleetwood Mac for 20 years and was a founding member of The David Lee Roth Band. Tuggle also helped Roth write his best solo hit of 1988, Just Like Paradise.

Brett had worked with a wide variety of artists throughout his 50-year career, including Rick Springfield, Jimmy Page, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Styx’ Tommy Shaw and Mitch Ryder.

“Our dear Brett Tuggle has come home tonight,” friend Springfield wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo with the musician. “God bless his beautiful spirit.”

Gone too soon: Acclaimed keyboardist Brett Tuggle has died aged 70 after battling cancer.  Seen in 2019

Gone too soon: Acclaimed keyboardist Brett Tuggle has died aged 70 after battling cancer. Seen in 2019

Tribute:

Tribute: “Our dear Brett Tuggle has come home tonight,” friend Springfield wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo with the musician. ‘God bless his beautiful spirit’

Brett leaves behind daughter Michelle and son Matt.

They shared with rolling stone that his family “was with him the whole time of his illness.”

Matt added that he had a “dear” father, adding, “He gave me music in my life.”

The star was born in Denver, Colorado and learned to play the piano at an early age and then the guitar. He performed in small venues in Denver before going to work in Texas.

Legendary: He toured with Fleetwood Mac for 20 years and was a founding member of The David Lee Roth Band.  Tuggle also helped Roth write his 1988 hit song, Just Like Paradise.  Seen in 2019

Legendary: He toured with Fleetwood Mac for 20 years and was a founding member of The David Lee Roth Band. Tuggle also helped Roth write his 1988 hit song, Just Like Paradise. Seen in 2019

The Direction: His association with Fleetwood Mac lasted until 2018 when he was asked to leave the band.  There was talk that Nicks wanted him gone because he was too close to her ex Buckingham with whom she had friction.

The Direction: His association with Fleetwood Mac lasted until 2018 when he was asked to leave the band. There was talk that Nicks wanted him gone because he was too close to her ex Buckingham with whom she had friction. “In the end, I guess, Stevie thought I was more in Lindsey’s camp,” he shared after he left the band. Nicks seen on June 19 in Tennessee

In 1970 he toured with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. And in 1971, the star played guitar on the album Detroit.

In the 80s he started working more with Springfield when his hit Jessie’s Girl took off.

In the late 1980s, he worked on Roth’s second album Skyscraper and his biggest hit as a solo artist, Just Like Paradise.

In the 1990s, he collaborated with Jimmy Page and David Coverdale for their album.

He seemed to find his most enduring musical connection in 1997 when he began working with Fleetwood Mac’s members, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks.

Busy musician: Tuggle onstage at the Music Strong benefit concert at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California

Busy musician: Tuggle onstage at the Music Strong benefit concert at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California

He took over McVie’s keyboard duties when she left the band in 1998.

Together they visited the band’s old classics Dreams, Gypsy and Go Your Own Way during their tour.

His association with Fleetwood Mac lasted until 2018 when he was asked to leave the band.

There was talk that Nicks wanted him gone because he was too close to her ex Buckingham with whom she had friction.

“In the end, I guess, Stevie thought I was more in Lindsey’s camp,” he shared with… rolling stone after leaving the band. “But I tried to be Switzerland for all the principles in the Mac. I felt like that was my job.’

And he also said, ‘I care about them all. They are all a big part of my life.’

A rock favourite: from the left, Waddy Wachtel, Brett and Rick Rosas backstage at The Joint in Los Angeles in 2006

A rock favourite: from the left, Waddy Wachtel, Brett and Rick Rosas backstage at The Joint in Los Angeles in 2006

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