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Bruce Howard Kulick, or simply Bruce H. Kulick or Bruce Kulick (born on December 12, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is the American musician and guitarist. He is known as a member of Grand Funk Railroad in 2001. Previously he had been a long time member of KISS as the official replacement of Mark St. John in 1984, and has been made various appearances on the first 5 Kiss studio albums: including Asylum, Crazy Nights, Hot in the Shade, Revenge and Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions as well as various appearances on live albums including Alive III and Kiss Unplugged before leaving the band in 1996.

Meat Loaf (1977-1978)[]

Kulick toured the world on Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell Tour in 1977-1978, alongside his brother, the late Bob Kulick (1950-2020).

Good Rats[]

He was briefly a member of Long Island's rock band Good Rats which the band recorded and released the first two studio albums between 1981 and 1996: such as Great American Music and Tasty Seconds, and in 2012 released the new album Blue Collar Rats: The Lost Archives which featured appearances by Himself, Schuyler Deale and various other musicians.

Blackjack (1979-1980)[]

He was also in the band Blackjack with stage name Michael Bolton, who at the time was professionally going by his real name Michael Bolotin.

He later played on the first three Michael Bolton solo albums. (Bolton later co-wrote the KISS song "Forever", from Hot in the Shade).

Kiss (1984-1996)[]

Kulick is known as lead guitarist for the rock band KISS from 1984 to 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. 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.) Originally brought in as a touring member after guitarist Mark St. John developed reactive arthritis and was diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, Kulick was now the official replacement of St. John in 1984 and played on the first 5 Kiss studio albums: including Asylum, Crazy Nights, Hot in the Shade, Revenge and Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions as well as appearing on Alive III and Kiss Unplugged.

His last show was on December 15th, 1995 as an official member of the Kiss band at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA.

The song "I Walk Alone" from Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions is the only Kiss track to feature Kulick as the lead vocalist.

His brother the late Bob Kulick (1950-2020) played with Kiss as a session guitarist, and also appeared on Paul Stanley's solo album.

Bruce 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.

Union (1997-2002)[]

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 very first Union DVD, Do Your Own Thing Live. This DVD contained two full length Union concerts and extra bonus material.

Union played in Japan in January 2005 and Germany in November 2005 without the original member Brent Fitz. KISS bandmate Eric Singer filled in, as Brent had other obligations.

Grand Funk Railroad[]

Kulick is the lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, with whom he has been playing since 2001.

Solo work[]

Kulick has released the first three solo albums and one EP including, Audio Dog in 2001, Transformer in 2003, BK3 Ltd Australian EP in 2009 and BK3 in 2010.

Other work[]

In the late 70s following the release of Meat Loaf's first album Bat Out of Hell, Bruce went on tour with Meat playing guitar.

Bruce has also made appearances on all releases by the Eric Singer's solo project ESP (Eric Singer Project): including Lost and Spaced (1998), ESP (1999), Eric Singer Project: Live in Tokyo (2006), and Eric Singer Project: Live at the Marquee (2006), a Live DVD that was eventually filmed in Australia in its entirety.

Bruce appears on Lordi's 2006 album The Arockalypse, playing lead guitar on the song "It Snows In Hell".

Kulick appears on Paul Stanley's 2006 album Live To Win, playing the bass guitar on the songs "Everytime I See You Around", "Second to None" and "Loving You Without You Now".

In 2006, Bruce appeared on the compilation Butchering the Beatles, playing lead guitar 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, and so the group complied. Kulick accepted the invitation, and went to the studio. Kulick listened to the track, and 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.

Bruce was a guest star along with Paul Stanley at the Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp in New York City (August 31-September 3, 2007).

In his 2008 feature interview with Maul Stanley, Bruce 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. Bruce 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, Bruce also discussed his lifelong love of Star Wars and its historical similarities to KISS


Discography[]

with Mike Katz, Guy Bois[]

  • KKB 1974 (2008)
  • Got to Get Back (2015)

Rosetta[]

  • Where's My Hero (1980)

with Billy Squier[]

  • The Tale of the Tape (1980)
  • Reach for the Sky (1996)

with Blackjack[]

  • Blackjack (1979)
  • Worlds Apart (1980)

with The Good Rats[]

  • Great American Music (1981)
  • Tasty Seconds (1996)
  • Blue Collar Rats: The Lost Archives (2012)

with Michael Bolton[]

  • Michael Bolton (1983)
  • Everybody's Crazy (1985)
  • The Hunger (1987)

with Kiss[]

  • Animalize (lead guitar on "Lonely Is the Hunter" & "Murder in High Heels") (1984)
  • Asylum (1985)
  • Crazy Nights (1987)
  • Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
  • Hot in the Shade (1989)
  • Revenge (1992)
  • Alive III (1993)
  • MTV Unplugged (1996)
  • Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
  • Psycho Circus Bass on ("Psycho Circus" title track) backwards guitar intro and solo (on "Within"), rhythm and bass guitar (on "Dreamin'") (1998)
  • Music From the Motion Picture "Detroit Rock City" (bass on "Nothing Can Keep Me From You") (1999)
  • The Box Set (2001)

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)
  • Kiss: Beyond the Makeup (2001)
  • Kissology Volume Two: 1978–1991 (2007)
  • Kissology Volume Three: 1992–2000 (2007)

with Union[]

  • Demo (1997)
  • Promo releases (1998)
  • Union (1998)
  • Live in the Galaxy (1999)
  • The Blue Room (2000)

Union Video albums[]

  • Do Your Own Thing Live! (2005) also (executive producer) / (producer) and (concept)

with ESP[]

  • Lost & Spaced (1998)
  • ESP (1999)
  • Live in Japan (2006)
  • Live at the Marquee DVD (2006)

Solo[]

  • Audiodog (2001)
  • Transformer (2003)
  • BK3 Ltd Australian EP (2009)
  • BK3 (2010)

Other work[]

  • Michael Wendroff – Kiss the World Goodbye (1978)
  • Stevie – Gypsy! (1984)
  • Maria Vidal - Self-titled album (1987)
  • Ronnie Spector – Unfinished Business (1987)
  • Paul Dean - Hardcore (1988)
  • Don Johnson – Let It Roll (1989)
  • Silent Rage - Don't Touch Me There (1989)
  • Skull – No Bones About It (1991)
  • Guitar's Practicing Musicians – Vol. II (1991)
  • Blackthorne – Afterlife (1993)
  • Murderer's Row - Self-titled album (1996)
  • 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.
  • Todd Rundgren - And His Friends (2002)
  • Pink Floyd Tribute – An All-Star Lineup Performing the Songs of Pink Floyd (2002)
  • Todd Rundgren – Re-Mixes (2003)
  • Tim Cashion - Wake On Up (2003)
  • Rolando D'Lugo - Pasos (2003)
  • Sweet Tribute - According to Sweden (2004)
  • Kanye West - College Dropout (2004)
  • Kiss Tribute – Spin The Bottle (2004)
  • Chris Catena – Freak Out (2004)
  • Gene SimmonsAsshole (2004)
  • Bruce and Bob Kulick – KISS Forever (2005) KISS Instructional DVD
  • Tribute to Iron Maiden – Numbers from the Beast (2005) Guitar on Can I Play With Madness.
  • Lordi – The Arockalypse (2006)
  • Jill Jenson - Self-titled album (2006)
  • 80s Metal Tribute to Van Halen (2006)
  • Paul StanleyLive to Win (2006)
  • Butchering the Beatles - BEATLES Tribute (2006)
  • Six Hours - Self-titled album (2006)
  • Chris Catena - Booze, Brawds and Rockin Hard (2007)
  • 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)
  • Don Saint-Thomas - The Human Nation (2009)
  • Balance – Equilibrium (2009)
  • Chris Laney - Pure (2009)
  • Chris Catena – Discovery (2009)
  • Tim 'Ripper' Owens - Play the Game (2009)
  • Lordi – Babez for Breakfast (2010)
  • Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony (2010)
  • Avantasia – Angel of Babylon (2010)
  • Eric Carr – Unfinished Business (2011)
  • John Corabi - Unplugged (2012)
  • Don Saint-Thomas - Never Say Never (2012)
  • 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)
  • Blackthorne - Don't Kill the Thrill (2016)
  • Sky of Forever - Self-titled album (2016)
  • Bobby Kimball - Mysterious Sessions (2017)
  • Lisa Lane Kulick - If I Could Show You (2017)
  • Bob Kulick (1950-2020) - Skeletons in the Closet (2017)
  • Northern Light Orchestra - Star of the East (2017)
  • Gene Simmons - The Vault: Himself Related (2018)
  • ZooParty - Lardass (2018)
  • Pan Rocks - Project LA (EP) (2018)
  • Robert Haglund - You Matter to Me (2018)
  • RebelStar - All Messed Up (single) (2018)
  • Darren Phillips Project - My Last Breath (2018)
  • ColdTears – "Silence Them All (2018) Lead guitar on "Miracle"
  • Skull - II - Now More Than Ever (2018)
  • Thomas Zwijsen - Nylon Metal (2018)
  • Blue Ruin - Green River Thriller (2018)
  • Mike Dalager - Star Spangled Banner (2018)
  • Marius Danielsen - Valley Doom Part 2 (2018)
  • Douglas Blair - The First Noel (2018)
  • Avantasia - The Rock Hard EP (2019)
  • Dreams in the Witch House - Sanitarium (2019)
  • Jason Mapes - The Devil Plays Guitar (2019)
  • Dreams in the Witch House - Penitentiary (2019)
  • Blackthorne - Anthology, 3CD Box (2019)
  • Velvet Insane - A Brand New Start (2019)
  • Wolfpakk - Nature Strikes Back (2020)
  • Marty and the Bad Punch - Walk a Straight Line (2020)
  • Guitars Against COVID-19 - Synchroncity II (2020)
  • Kuarantine feat. Chris Jericho - Heart of Chrome (2020)
  • The Connected Isolation Project - Modern World (2020)
  • Patrick James Band - Unite Together (2020)
  • At the Movies - Movie Hits of the 80's (2020)
  • Ace FrehleyOrigins Vol. 2 – lead guitar on "Manic Depression" (2020)
  • Chris Manning - Destination (2020)
  • East Temple Avenue - Both Sides of Midnight (2020)
  • Phil Proietti - A Tribute to KISS (2020)
  • Reggae Kiss - Tears are Falling (2021)
  • Shameless - Live Your Dream (2021)
  • Mark Peace Thomas - Rock Star Delusion (2021)
  • Himself and Eric Singer - Heaven (2021)
  • Reggae Kiss - Unmasked (2021)
  • Balance - The World I Used to Know (2021)
  • Martin Motnik - Dream Chaser (2021)
  • Guitar Zeus 25th Anniverary Box Set (2021)
  • Various Artists - Carr Jam 21 EP (2022)
  • Shameless - So Good, You Should (2022)

Filmography[]

Actor[]

  • Billy Squier: You Should Be High Love (Music Video 1980) - Himself
  • Billy Squier: The Big Beat (Music Video 1980) - Himself
  • Kiss: Who Wants to Be Lonely (Music Video 1985) - Himself
  • Kiss: Uh! All Night (Music Video 1985) - Himself
  • Kiss: Thrills in the Night (Music Video 1985) - Himself
  • Kiss: Tears are Falling (Music Video 1985) - Himself
  • Kiss: Reason to Live (Music Video 1987) - Himself
  • Kiss: Rock and Roll All Nite, Version 2 (Music Video 1987) - Himself
  • Kiss: Crazy Crazy Nights (Music Video 1987) - Himself
  • Kiss: Turn on the Night (Music Video 1988) - Himself (also backing vocals) / (musician: lead guitar)
  • Kiss: Let's Put the X in Sex (Music Video 1988) - Himself
  • Kiss: (You Make Me) Rock Hard (Music Video 1989) - Himself
  • Kiss: Hide Your Heart (Music Video 1989) - Himself
  • Kiss: Forever (Music Video 1990) - Himself
  • Kiss: Rise to It (Music Video 1990) - Himself
  • Kiss: God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II (Music Video 1991) - Himself
  • Kiss: I Just Wanna (Music Video 1992) - Himself
  • Kiss: Domino (Music Video 1992) - Himself
  • Kiss: Unholy (Music Video 1992) - Himself
  • Kiss: Every Time I Look at You (Music Video 1992) - Himself (uncredited)
  • Kiss: I Love It Loud - Live (Music Video 1993) - Himself
  • Kiss: Every Time I Look at You: Unplugged (Music Video 1995) - Himself
  • KISS: I Stole You Love (Live in Sao Paulo, Brazil) (Music Video 2008) - Himself
  • KISS: I Stole You Love (Live in San Antonio, TX) (Music Video 2009) - Himself

Composer[]

  • Bonfire: Sword & Stone (Music Video 1989)
  • Yami no Bansosha (TV Series 2015) (5 episodes)

Music Department[]

  • Northern Light Orchestra (Documentary 2009) (musician)
  • My Trip to the Dark Side (Video 2011) (Soundtrack writer/performer "Fate")

Soundtrack[]

  • Shocker (1989) (writer: "Sword and Stone")
  • Goolians: a Docu-Comedy (Video documentary 2006) (performer: "True Blue Goolian")
  • Alarm fur Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei (TV Series 2010) (performer - 1 episode)
  • Balls to the Wall (2014) (performer: "Life", "Final Mile")

Self[]

  • Rockpalast (TV Series 1978) (1 episode, 1978) also (musician - 1 episode)
  • The 25th Annual American Music Awards (TV Special 1998) - Himself (as Kiss)
  • Tale of the Fox (Video documentary 2000) - Himself (also associate producer)
  • Spin the Bottle: an All-Star Tribute to Kiss (Video short 2004) - Himself
  • Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp (TV Special 2006) - Himself - Camp Counselor
  • Livin' on a Prayer (Short 2007) - Himself
  • All Stars of Rock Guitar (2009) - Himself
  • Bruce Kulick: Creating BK3 (Video short 2010) - Himself (also written by and producer)
  • Red Carpet Report (TV Series short 2010) - Himself (1 episode, 2010)
  • That Metal Show (TV Series 2010) - Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
  • Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 11 (TV Movie documentary 2013) Himself - Guitarist, Meat Loaf
  • Turn it Up! (Documentary 2014) - Himself
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy: The Music of Shocker (Video short 2015) - Himself
  • Friend or Foe (TV Series 2015) - Self - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
  • The Red Booth (TV Series 2016) - Himself (1 episode, 2016)
  • Cut N' Dry Talent Tv (TV Series 2017) - Himself - Cameo (1 episode, 2017)
  • KISS Och gitarristen som forsvann (TV Movie documentary 2017) - Himself
  • What is Classic Rock? (Documentary 2018) - Himself
  • Blood, Frets & Tears (Documentary 2019) - Himself
  • Rock is Dead? (Documentary 2019) - Himself
  • Concerts 2016-2019 (Documentary 2019) - Himself
  • The Grindhouse Radio (TV Series 2020) - Himself (1 episode, 2020)
  • The Top Ten Revisited (TV Series 2020) - Himself (2 episodes, 2020)
  • Rock Camp (Documentary 2021) - Himself
  • Enter the Fox (Documentary 2021) - Himself
  • You Wanted the Best.. You Got the Best: The Official Kiss Movie (Documentary) - Himself

Archive footage[]

  • Kiss: Rock and Roll all Nite (Dazed and Confused) (Music Video 1993) - Himself (Archive footage and audio)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Best of Kiss - The DVD Collection (Video short 2004) - Himself (Archive footage and audio) (uncredited)

Tourography[]

With Meatloaf[]

  • Bat Out of Hell Tour (1977-1978)

With KISS[]

  • Animalize World Tour (1984-1985)
  • Asylum Tour (1985-1986)
  • Crazy Nights World Tour (1987-1988)
  • Hot in the Shade World Tour (1990)
  • Revenge Tour (1992)
  • Kiss my Ass World Tour (1994-1995)

External links[]

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