|Born||December 12, 1953
Brooklyn, New York, US
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals|
|Associated acts||Billy Squier, Blackjack, Kiss, Union, Eric Singer Project, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf|
Bruce Howard Kulick (born on December 12, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and a member of the band Grand Funk Railroad. Previously Kulick had been a long time member of the band Kiss.
Kulick toured the world on Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" tour in 1977-1978, and was briefly a member of Long Island's Good Rats. He was also in the band Blackjack with Michael Bolton, and also played on several Michael Bolton solo albums. (Bolton later co-wrote the Kiss song "Forever", from Hot in the Shade).
Kulick is best known as lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss from September 1984 to August 1996. Kulick never wore Kiss's iconic face paint on stage, even though he was with the band for almost 12 years. He joined shortly after the beginning of the band's "Unmasked" period. He left in 1996, when the band regrouped with the original four members and re-adopted their makeup and costuming for the "Reunion Tour". Both Kulick and Eric Singer were paid weekly during the Reunion 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 Farewell Tour), Kulick was apparently not asked to rejoin (reasons unknown); instead the band hired former Black 'n Blue guitarist and Kiss tour manager Tommy Thayer.
Originally brought in as a touring member after guitarist Mark St. John was diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, Kulick played on 5 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.
Kulick was the first member of Kiss to be billed under his actual birth name, and to date, along with Tommy Thayer, is one of only two members to ever do so. All other past and present members have been billed under stage names, legally-changed names, nicknames, or partially modified names.
When Kiss' original members reunited in February 1996, Kulick left to form Union with John Corabi (Mötley Crüe's vocalist during Vince Neil's absence), Brent Fitz on drums; and James Hunting on bass. Three albums were forthcoming: Union, Live in the Galaxy and The Blue Room.
In January 2005 Bruce released the first Union DVD, Do Your Own Thing Live. This DVD contained two full length Union concerts and extra bonus material.
Kulick has released three solo albums, Audio Dog in 2001, Transformer in 2003, and most recently BK3, which was released on February, 2, 2010.
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 (August 31-September 3, 2007).
In his 2008 feature interview with Maul 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 Maul Stanley, Kulick also discussed his lifelong love of Star Wars and its historical similarities to Kiss.
Mark St. John
|Lead Guitarist of KISS