Legendary keyboardist Brett Tuggle, who played with some of the biggest names in rock, has died at the age of 70.
According to Rolling Stone, Tuggle died Sunday. His son Matt confirmed the news, adding the death was due to complications from cancer.
“He was loved by his family so much,” Matt said.
“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 played with some of rock’s biggest acts — including Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page, David Lee Roth and Rick Springfield.
While he began with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels in 1970, he didn’t get his big break until 1981. That’s when John Kay and Steppenwolf tapped him to play on their world tour.
Then, in 1982, Rick Springfield recruited him. Springfield, fresh off the hit “Jessie’s Girl,” was at the peak of his fame.
“I’ll never forget walking out onto the stage at this auditorium in Sacramento [for our first show],” Tuggle said in a Rolling Stone interview.
“The noise was like a jet engine. It was unbelievable. It was kind of scary, it was so loud. 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.”
Then, in 1986, David Lee Roth recruited Tuggle for his first tour after leaving Van Halen.
“There was a lot of bad blood in the press between the two camps and it got very heated,” Tuggle said of the rivalry between Van Halen and Roth.
“We had security guards when we went places.”
He would join Fleetwood Mac in 1997 and stay with the band until 2018. He’d continue to tour with former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham until 2021 — but he didn’t join the tour when it started back up in 2022.
“I do want to mention the gentleman who is noticeably absent from the stage tonight,” Buckingham said during the first date of the tour, the April 5 concert in San Francisco.
“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.”