Sneha Girap (Editor)

Bruce Kulick

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Birth name  Bruce Howard Kulick
Name  Bruce Kulick
Genres  Hard rock, heavy metal
Role  Guitarist ·

Music groups  KISS (1984 – 1996)
Years active  1968–present
Siblings  Bob Kulick
Bruce Kulick Bruce Kulick Bio KULICKnet The Official Bruce Kulick
Born  December 12, 1953 (age 62) Brooklyn, New York, United States (1953-12-12)
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
Movies  Union: Do Your Own Thing Live, Kiss: Exposed
Albums  Asylum, BK3, Audio Dog, Transformer, Kiss Unplugged
Similar People  Eric Singer, Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John, Ace Frehley

Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter

In the vault with shanda golden bruce kulick

Bruce Howard Kulick (born December 12, 1953) is an American guitarist, musician and since 2000 a member of the band Grand Funk Railroad. Previously, Kulick was a long-time member of the band Kiss (1984-1996). He was also a member of Union with John Corabi from 1997-2002, and Blackjack from 1979 to 1980.


Bruce Kulick Bruce Bruce Kulick Photo 30456875 Fanpop

Kulick has also released several solo albums, in addition to session work with various artists.

Bruce Kulick Vegas24Sevencom Putt with Bruce Kulick to Raise Funds

Traveling guitar sponsor bruce kulick of the rock band kiss

Early life and family

Bruce Kulick Bruce Kulick

Kulick is Jewish and also went to Hebrew school.

Bruce Kulick Bruce Kulick to give Master classes around Australia

Kulick's brother is session guitarist/producer Bob Kulick, whose performance credits include W.A.S.P. and Kiss.

Early projects

Bruce Kulick wwwwoodytonecomwpcontentuploads200912Kulic

In a 2004 feature interview with Paul Stanley, Kulick discussed his very first recorded project from 1974, a band 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 found the master tape from those sessions in 2008 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.

Bruce Kulick Bruce Kulick Multimedia Audio Video Photos KULICKnet

In the mid-1970s Kulick toured for several months as the lead guitarist of the Andrea True Connection.

Bruce Kulick Bruce Kulick om tiden i Kiss Destroyer Kiss Army Sweden

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.


Bruce Kulick Bruce Kulick Classic Rock and Metal Podcast

Kulick was a member of the band Blackjack, with Michael Bolton, during the band's short existence from 1979 to 1980. He also played on several Bolton solo albums. (Bolton later co-wrote the Kiss song "Forever", from Hot in the Shade).

"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.

The Good Rats

Kulick joined the Long Island-based band The Good Rats in 1981, replacing John "The Cat" Gatto; he stayed with the band until their temporary breakup in 1983.

Kiss (1984–1996)

Kulick joined the rock band Kiss in September 1984 as the lead guitarist, replacing Mark St. John, who left the band after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome. Kulick never wore onstage makeup, since the band had stopped wearing it in 1983. Kulick and St. John are the only two members of Kiss never to have worn makeup in the band. He stayed with Kiss until August 1996.

Kulick played on five Kiss studio albums: Asylum (1985), Crazy Nights (1987), Hot in the Shade (1989), Revenge (1992) and Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997); 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/copy 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.


Soon after leaving Kiss, Kulick formed the band Union with John Corabi, Brent Fitz, and Jamie Hunting in 1996. Corabi and Kulick wrote what would become the first album, the self-titled Union, which was released in 1998. They 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 album. Their second album 1999's Live in the Galaxy, was a live recording with 2 acoustic tracks recorded in a mobile studio. 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 has been on a long-term hiatus.

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 three solo albums, Audio Dog in 2001, Transformer in 2003, and most recently BK3, which was released on February 2, 2010.

Other work

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.

Kulick appears on the Lordi March 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 bass.

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.

Other appearances

Kulick was a guest star along with Paul Stanley at Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp in New York City (Aug. 31 – September 3, 2003).

Kulick is one of 23 rock musicians quoted in the book Sex Tips from Rock Stars by Paul Miles, published by Omnibus Press in July 2010.

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)
  • with Blackjack

  • Blackjack (1979)
  • Worlds Apart (1980)
  • with The Good Rats

  • Great American Music (1981)
  • Tasty Seconds (1996)
  • 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)
  • 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 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)
  • 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 Union

  • Union (1998)
  • Live in the Galaxy (1999)
  • The Blue Room (2000)
  • with Daniel McCartney

  • Unbreakle (2000)
  • with ESP

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

  • Audio Dog (2001)
  • Transformer (2003)
  • BK3 (2010)
  • Other work

  • 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)
  • Interviews

  • Bruce Kulick Interview with Guitarhoo! 2008.
  • Bruce Kulick Interview at Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict
  • References

    Bruce Kulick Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Ace Frehley
    Bob Kulick
    Eric Carr