Kulick in 2006
|Birth name||Bruce Howard Kulick|
December 12, 1953 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Billy Squier, Blackjack, Kiss, Union, Eric Singer Project, Daniel MCCartney, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, Lordi, Alice Cooper, MEIK|
Gibson Les Paul
Bruce Howard Kulick (born December 12, 1953) is an American guitarist, musician and a member of the band Grand Funk Railroad, with whom he's been since 2000. Previously, Kulick had been a long-time member of the band Kiss (1984-1996). He was also a member of Union with John Corabi from 1997-2002
In addition, he is also known for being a former member of the band Blackjack with Michael Bolton, and also played on several Bolton solo albums. (Bolton later co-wrote the Kiss song "Forever", from Hot in the Shade).
Kulick has also released several solo albums, in addition to session work with various artists.
"Stay", a Blackjack song co-written by Kulick and Bolton, was sampled by rapper Jay Z for the song "A Dream" off his 2002 album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse which reached #1 on the Billboard charts.
- 1 Kiss (1984–1996)
- 2 Union
- 3 Grand Funk Railroad
- 4 Solo work
- 5 Other work
- 6 Discography
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 External links
- 10 Interviews
Bruce Howard Kulick is best known for being the former lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss from September 1984 to August 1996. Kulick never wore Kiss's facepaint onstage, which they removed in 1983. He is one of only two members of Kiss (the other being guitarist Mark St. John, whom Kulick replaced in 1984) to never wear make-up in the band.
Originally brought in as a touring member after St. John was diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, Kulick played on five Kiss studio albums: Asylum, Crazy Nights, Hot in the Shade, Revenge and Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions; he also appeared on Alive III and KISS Unplugged. The song "I Walk Alone", from Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions, is the only Kiss track to feature Kulick as lead vocalist. To this day, Kulick is featured on more than 20 Kiss releases.
When the original members of the band regrouped, starting in 1995 with the MTV Unplugged special that carried over into re-adopting their make-up and costuming for the Alive/Worldwide Tour in 1996, Kulick and Eric Singer were paid weekly during the tour; while "sidelined" from Kiss, both were allowed to do other projects so long as Simmons and Stanley okayed them. Kulick officially left Kiss in December 1996. Kulick was with the band longer than any member aside from the original foursome and drummer Eric Singer. (Singer has done three discontinuous stints with the band, each much shorter than Kulick's.) When Ace Frehley again left Kiss (in 2002, after the Kiss Farewell Tour), Kulick was not asked to rejoin, as Simmons and Stanley thought that Tommy Thayer (former Black 'n Blue guitarist and Kiss tour manager) could capture Frehley's persona better than Kulick; however, Kulick continued to work with Kiss after his departure, contributing uncredited guitar work to the albums You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! and Psycho Circus
Kulick's brother Bob Kulick also played with Kiss as a session guitarist, and in addition appeared on Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album. Bob Kulick was also a member of Stanley's touring band for his 1989 club tour.
Union was formed from recently released musician Bruce Kulick, John Corabi, Brent Fitz, and Jamie Hunting in 1996. Corabi and Kulick wrote what would become the first Union (1998) album (self titled) and proceeded with a nationwide acoustic tour, to promote the album, featuring just Corabi and Kulick (both on guitar). Soon the full band went on a world tour headlining small venues in support of the Union album. The second album "Live in the Galaxy" was a live recording with 2 acoustic tracks recorded in a mobile studio in 1999. The third and final Union album, The Blue Room (2000), was a more polished sound than the first studio CD. Union never officially called it quits (playing live shows every so often with guest drummers and bass players), but with Kulick playing along with Grand Funk Railroad, Corabi playing with many bands, most notably Ratt, and both members being tied up in solo projects, Union will probably never return to write new studio material..
Grand Funk Railroad
Kulick has released three solo albums, Audio Dog in 2001, Transformer in 2003, and most recently BK3, which was released on February 2, 2010.
The Good Rats.
In the late 1970s, following the release of Meat Loaf's first album Bat Out of Hell, Kulick played rhythm guitar/lead guitar on tour with Meat Loaf's band alongside his brother Bob on lead guitar/rhythm guitar. In the tour introductions, Meat Loaf introduced Bruce and Bob as 'Pretty Boy' and 'Killer' respectively.
Before joining Meat Loaf, Bruce Kulick toured for a couple months as the lead guitarist of the Andrea True Connection.
Kulick has also appeared on all album releases by Eric Singer's solo project ESP (Eric Singer Project): Lost and Spaced (1998), ESP (1999), and Eric Singer Project: Live in Tokyo (2006). Kulick also appeared on the DVD Eric Singer Project: Live at the Marquee (2006), which was filmed live in Australia.
In 2006, Kulick performed on the compilation Butchering the Beatles, playing lead on the song "Drive My Car".
Kulick cut a guest guitar solo for the track "The Edge of the Razor" (featured on the album Emotional Coma) by Swedish metal group Lion's Share. Lion's Share had been recording in a studio owned by a former Kiss Army president of Sweden, who knew that Kulick was to arrive in Stockholm in order to attend a Kiss Expo. The studio owner suggested that Lion's Share invite Kulick to the studio. Kulick accepted the invitation and went to the studio, where he laid down a guitar solo. Kulick initially played a bluesy solo in the vein of Union, so Lion's Share guitarist Lars Chriss said; "Go back, and do some more flashy things". Chriss described the solo as being "very much based on revenge", and that Kulick "uses the whammy bar to show that". Furthermore, Chriss commented that the solo was "great", possessing "a lot of emotion", and that it "has some flashy elements". Afterwards, Kulick signed some Kiss albums for the group.
Kulick was a guest star along with Paul Stanley at Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp in New York City (Aug. 31 – September 3, 2003).
In his 2004 feature interview with Paul Stanley, Kulick discussed his very first recorded project from 1974, something called KKB. It featured performances by his childhood friends Mike Katz and Guy Bois (the other K and B of KKB, respectively) and he likened its sound to that of Cream. Kulick only recently found the master tape from those sessions and issued it via limited edition CD, available during his appearances at Kiss expos and via his website. In a follow-up interview with Paul Stanley, Kulick also discussed his lifelong love of Star Wars and its historical similarities to Kiss.
with Mike Katz, Guy Bois
- KKB 1974 (2008)
- Got to Get Back (2015)
- Where's My Hero (1980)
with Billy Squier
- The Tale of the Tape (1980)
- Blackjack (1979)
- Worlds Apart (1980)
with The Good Rats
- Great American Music (1981)
- Tasty Seconds (1996)
with Michael Bolton
- Animalize (lead guitar on "Lonely Is the Hunter" & "Murder in High Heels") (1984)
- Animalize Live Uncensored (1984)
- Asylum (1985)
- Crazy Nights (1987)
- Chikara (1988)
- Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
- Hot in the Shade (1989)
- Revenge (1992)
- Alive III (1993)
- KISS Unplugged (1996)
- Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
- Psycho Circus (backwards guitar intro on "Within") (1998)
- Music From the Motion Picture "Detroit Rock City" (bass on "Nothing Can Keep Me From You") (1999)
- The Box Set (2001)
- The Very Best of Kiss (2002)
- The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection (2004)
- The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection (2005)
- KISS 40 (2014)
Kiss Video albums
- Animalize Live Uncensored (1985)
- Exposed (1987)
- Crazy Nights (1988)
- X-treme Close-Up (1992)
- Kiss Konfidential (1993)
- Kiss My Ass: The Video (1994)
- Kiss Unplugged (1996)
- Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991 (2007)
- Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000 (2007)
with Daniel McCartney
- Unbreakle (2000)
- Lost & Spaced (1998)
- ESP (1999)
- Live in Japan (2006)
- Live at the Marquee DVD (2006)
- Michael Wendroff - Kiss the World Goodbye (1978)
- Stevie – Gypsy! (1984)
- Ronnie Spector - Unfinished Business (1987)
- Don Johnson – Let It Roll (1989)
- Skull - No Bones About It (1991)
- Guitar's Practicing Musicians - Vol. II (1991)
- Blackthorne - Afterlife (1993)
- Tribute to Queen – Dragon Attack (1997) Lead guitar on "Save Me"
- Mark Mangold - Mystic Healer (1998)
- Graham Bonnet – The Day I Went Mad (1999)
- Shameless - "Backstreet Anthems (1999)
- Boot Camp - As You Were (1999)
- Shameless - Queen 4 a Day (2000)
- Tribute to Van Halen – Little Guitars (2000) Produced by Bob Kulick.
- Ozzy Osbourne Tribute - A Tribute to Ozzy: Bat Head Soup (2000)
- Bret Michaels - A Salute to Poison (American band): Show Me Your Hits" (2000)
- Eric Carr – Rockology (2000) Produced by Bruce Kulick.
- A Tribute to Metallica - Metallic Assault (2001)
- Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (re-issue; 2001) guitar on bonus live tracks.
- Pink Floyd Tribute - An All-Star Lineup Performing the Songs of Pink Floyd (2002)
- Todd Rundgren - Re-Mixes (2003)
- Kiss Tribute – Spin The Bottle (2004)
- Chris Catena – Freak Out (2004)
- Gene Simmons – Asshole (2004)
- Bruce and Bob Kulick – KISS Forever (2005) KISS Instructional DVD
- Lordi – The Arockalypse (2006)
- Paul Stanley – Live to Win (2006)
- Michael Schenker – Doctor Doctor: The Kulick Sessions (2008)
- Led Box – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute: Dazed & Confused (2008)
- We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year (2008)
- Balance - Equilibrium (2009)
- Chris Catena – 'Discovery (2009)
- Lordi – Babez for Breakfast (2010)
- Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony (2010)
- Avantasia – Angel of Babylon (2010)
- Eric Carr - Unfinished Business (2011)
- Avantasia – The Mystery of Time (2013)
- Michael Jackson Tribute - Thriller: A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson (2013)
- Tomas Bergsten's Fantasy – Caught in the Dark (2013)
- H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society - Dreams in the Witch House - A Lovecraftian Rock Opera (2013)
- Mocassin Creek – Friends of All Kinds (2013)
- DJ Peace - Do You Love Me? (Tribute to KISS) (2014)
- Randy Rhoads Tribute - Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute (2015)
- Paco Ventura Black Moon - En tu piel (2015)
- Lita Ford- "Time Capsule"- "Rotten to the Core" (2016)
- Avantasia – Ghostlights (2016)
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- Bruce Kulick Interview with Guitarhoo! 2008.
- Bruce Kulick Interview at Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict
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