BOB KULICK DEAD AT AGE 70
In what has come as a shock, veteran producer and guitarist Bob Kulick has passed away. He was a multifaceted musician that appeared on Talking Metal on several occasions. If you’re a fan of Kiss you know all about Bob. He was the guy that auditioned right before Ace Frehley. Legend has it the job was his until the red and orange wearing future Space Ace wowed them, and took the spot away. But due to issues with Ace over the years, Bob has stepped in and played on several of the band’s albums. He famously played on most of side 4 of Alive 2. Eh, I mean most of the studio tracks on Alive 2!
He would then appear on Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album, handling all of the lead guitars. Would co-write and play lead guitar on the track “Naked City” off of Unmasked. And a few years later he would once again help the band out by playing all of the leads on the new tracks added to the greatest hits compilation Killers. In 1989 he would be part of Paul Stanley’s solo band for his solo club tour.
Years later he was apart of the Kiss Kruise, performing a long side his brother, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick. They named their band The Kulick Brothers, touching on songs that had been long forgotten by the Kiss. The songs they selected, were written or recording by either one of the Kulicks. It was the high light of Kiss Kruise VII for many fans to see these gems come back to life. Bob would agree, going on to tell The Metal Voice that The Kulick Brothers “Mopped The Floor With Kiss. Mopped the floor with them playing their own songs.” Many a fan would concur.
HERE’S A FAN RECORDED CLIP OF THE TRACK “ALL AMERICAN MAN”, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY ON ALIVE 2.
They where supposed to be back the following year, but shortly before Kiss Kruise VIII things went south between the brothers. Bruce has kept silent about what took place, but in that same interview with The Metal Voice, Bob alluded to it being about wanting more money from Gene and Paul. Based on his comments, it seemed as if they were paying for Slash And The Conspirators’ bassist Todd Kerns, and former Union drummer Brent Fitz to perform with them. Bob, apparently wanted more money from Kiss in order to pay them. We’ve never heard Bruce’s side, as he’s always steered away from conflict.
The relationship between the brothers became strained, and some bizarre incidents took place, that were fodder for more than one web site. Rumors on sites, and between fans started to run rampant. I had more than one person approach me asking if I had heard something behind the scenes. Unfortunately I don’t have that kind of clout. I was asked, was Bob jealous of his brother Bruce? You know Bruce got into the band, while Bob never did. Never the bride, always the brides maid type deal. Another one was is Bob becoming irrational because he was sick? People had mentioned to me that his demeanor had changed, almost as if it was brought on by his age, or some illness. All speculation, but unless Bruce or someone from his family wanted to open up, I doubt we’ll ever know.
BRUCE POSTED THIS EARLIER TODAY:
The announcement came as a shock to me. I saw Bruce’s announcement on Facebook, and instantly said “holy shit”. I couldn’t believe it. It really is sad, and I hope the brothers had some type of closure before Bob passed away. Bruce has been nothing but good to me the times I’ve interacted with him. I’ve never heard a bad thing about him from any one.
Bob’s career didn’t start or finish with the Kiss family tree. He had a long and storied history with Meatloaf, appearing on several albums over the years. He played on albums by Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Michael Bolton and what some people deem the best album by W.A.S.P. The Crimson Idol.
He was a Grammy Award winning producer, he produced a bunch of tribute albums. One of them spawned Motorhead’s cover of the Metallica song “Whiplash”, which garnered him the prestigious award. If you’re a fan of WWE wrestler and on air personality Triple H, Bob co-wrote one of his entrance themes. All in all, his playing and or production garnered 11 platinum or gold awards.
His legacy will live on through his music. Our thoughts to go out to Bob, his family, friends, and fans of his music.