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Brett Tuggle, Fleetwood Mac and David Lee Roth keyboardist, RIP
Old 21st June 2022
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Brett Tuggle, Fleetwood Mac and David Lee Roth keyboardist, RIP

My truly great friend Brett Tuggle, who played with
Rick Springfield, David Lee Roth, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page, Tommy Shaw, Stevie Nicks, and many other notable rock stars, passed away on June 19 at the age of 70.

I first met Brett in 1977 in Denver. We were in rival
cover bands. My first memory of him was playing
with his band Head First on a Sunday night at a now
long gone club called My Sweet Lass. He was playing and singing an Elton John song and during the middle break, he did a flip over his keyboard, then ran back and finished the song. I thought, wow I will never be as good as this guy.

Brett moved to Los Angeles in 1977, two years before
I did. We traveled in different orbits, but occasionally
got together for a drink or two. In 2014 I attended
a Yamaha Anniversary event and Brett was there, we struck up a conversation and he told me he had just bought a new house about ten minutes from mine.
From then on we did a lot of hanging out..he got me the
gig programming keyboard sounds for Fleetwood
Mac’s 2014 tour, and the gig programming for the
Buckingham/McVie tour a couple of years later.

To say Brett was a gifted musician is an understatement. He played AND programmed keyboards, played guitar and bass, and sang his ass off.He was an excellent songwriter as well..he co-wrote “Just Like Paradise” with David Lee Roth, when he was in Roth’s solo project.

Most of all, Brett was a sweet, loving, caring human being, never had a bad word to say about anyone, and
never bragged about himself or his accomplishments,
which were numerous. He loved listening to other
friends’ music..as in, he would actually close his eyes
and LISTEN to your song. He was always a cheerleader for other people..and the kind of guy who would find a ten dollar bill in the street and hand it to you.

Brett died after a long battle with cancer. He was irreplaceable both as a musician and a decent human being. He often jokingly referred to himself as “Old Tugg”.
I will surely miss him.
Old 21st June 2022
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I’m so sorry to hear this. He was a truly gifted musician, and came across as a kind, self-effacing man.
Old 28th June 2022
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A very gifted keyboardist and a close friend of my uncle.

R.I.P Brett Tuggle.
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