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STEVE VAI Pays Tribute To Former DAVID LEE ROTH Keyboardist BRETT TUGGLE: ‘One Of The Finest People I Have Ever Met’

Steve Vai has paid tribute to Brett Tuggle, his former bandmate within the David Lee Roth group. The 70-year-old keyboardist, who additionally spent twenty years in FLEETWOOD MAC throughout the band’s reunion period, died on Sunday, June 19 from issues associated to most cancers.

Tuggle‘s son Matt confirmed his demise to Rolling Stone. “He was beloved by his household a lot,” Matt stated. “His household was with him all through the whole time of his sickness. He was a stunning father. He gave me music in my life.”

On Wednesday, Vai took to his social media to jot down: “I used to be lucky sufficient to tour with Brett Tuggle throughout the David Lee Roth years. Myself, Billy Sheehan, Greg and Matt Bissonette and Brett had been brothers of the very best order and to say we had enjoyable collectively can be like saying the solar is scorching.

Brett was one of many most interesting folks I’ve ever met. He was the consummate musician, singer, keyboard participant, guitar participant that was the glue that held collectively so lots of the music biz’s most outstanding artists and bands. Apart from his immense expertise, he was essentially the most centered, funniest, friendliest and thoughtful individual you would ever need to know. A loving household man with a deep deep compassionate coronary heart that needed to be skilled to know.

“I used to be an intense younger man in these days and Brett was all the time the voice of motive. He might defuse any drama with a wonderfully positioned one liner that confirmed you that nothing is severe sufficient to free your self over. There have been issues I discovered from Brett that I’ve taken with me my entire profession and have served me extremely properly in my life generally, and I assume anybody that was lucky sufficient to know him feels the identical approach. Our lives had been extremely enhanced by having him in it and I couldn’t be extra grateful to the Universe to have had this blessed aid of a person in my life.

“In my minds eye I see his smiling face in its most happiest state, and that is the ‘Tugg‘ that all the time was, and nonetheless is in mythology thoughts.

Brett moved on from this world lately after an extended and heroic battle with most cancers. My heartfelt condolences to his beautiful household right now.

“Thanks Brother Brett. You had been distinctive and we’re grateful.”

An award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Tuggle was one of the vital in-demand gamers within the music trade. Along with Roth and FLEETWOOD MAC, he had toured and recorded with such artists as Jimmy Web page, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Steven Tyler. Brett performed and toured with Rick Springfield on the heels of Rick‘s hit single “Jessie’s Woman”, and later with Roth after he had cut up from VAN HALEN. Throughout this era, Brett was capable of stretch his songwriting legs, co-writing a number of songs with Roth, together with the highest 10 single “Simply Like Paradise” in 1988.

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