Bruce Kulick

Bruce Howard Kulick (born 12 December 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 1979–1980.

Bruce Kulick
Kulick onstage
Kulick performing with Grand Funk Railroad at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida in January 2002
Background information
Birth nameBruce Howard Kulick
Born (1953-12-12) 12 December 1953 (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1968–present
Associated acts

Kulick has also released several solo albums, in addition to session work with various artists. He is the younger brother of the late guitarist Bob Kulick.

Early life and familyEdit

Kulick was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in Queens for a time,[1][2] graduating from Newtown High School.[3] He is Jewish and also went to Hebrew school.[4][5][6]

Kulick's brother, session guitarist/producer Bob Kulick, was influential in his music career.[1] Bob's performance credits include W.A.S.P., Meat Loaf's touring band, and Kiss.


Early projectsEdit

Bruce’s first band KKB, was formed in 1974.[7] Its other members were his childhood friends Mike Katz and Guy Bois (the other K and B of KKB, respectively) and Kulick likened its sound to that of Cream.[7] 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.[7] In an interview from 2008, Kulick also discussed his lifelong love of Star Wars and its historical similarities to Kiss.[8]

He first began touring professionally with George McCrae[9][10] and Andrea True.[11]

Meat LoafEdit

In 1977, 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.[1][12] The success of the year-long tour took the Kulick brothers around the world. In addition to the success of the tour, many famous television appearances were done, such as Saturday Night Live[13] and The Old Grey Whistle Test.[14]


Kulick was a member of the band Blackjack, with Michael Bolton, during the band's short existence from 1979 to 1980.[1][12] He also played on several Bolton solo albums.[1] (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 RatsEdit

Kulick joined the Long Island-based band the Good Rats in 1981, and is on their album, Great American Music.[15]

Michael BoltonEdit

In 1983, Bruce was asked to join Michael Bolton as his guitarist for his debut album release tour, after Bolton anglicizing his family name from Bolotin.[16][17]

Kiss (1984–1996)Edit

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 reactive arthritis. 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 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 MTV Unplugged.[18] The song "I Walk Alone", from Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions, is the only Kiss track to feature Kulick as lead vocalist.[citation needed] To this day, Kulick is featured on more than twenty 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.[19] Kulick officially left Kiss in December 1996.[20] 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 work to the Psycho Circus album.


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 two acoustic tracks recorded in a mobile studio. The third Union album was The Blue Room (2000).

Grand Funk RailroadEdit

Kulick is the lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, with whom he has been playing since 2000.[21] Kulick had originally met Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer when Brewer was performing with Bob Seger during the 1983 tour with Michael Bolton.[17]

Solo workEdit

Kulick in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2016

Kulick has released three solo albums: Audiodog in 2001, Transformer in 2003, and most recently BK3, which was released on February 2, 2010.[22]

Other workEdit

Kulick earned a writing credit on the song "Never Let Me Down" on the 2004 Kanye West album, The College Dropout.

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.

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 appearancesEdit

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.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Bruce is currently married to Lisa Lane Kulick.[24] They met in 2008, and were married in 2014. They often perform together at events and online. They have no children.


with Mike Katz, Guy BoisEdit

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


  • Where's My Hero (1980)

with Billy SquierEdit

with BlackjackEdit

with The Good RatsEdit

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

with Michael BoltonEdit

with KissEdit

Kiss Video albumsEdit

with UnionEdit

with ESPEdit

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


Other workEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Straight from the Lips of Bruce Kulick". Faces Rocks Presents Metal Muscle. 2 (1): 24. Spring 1986.
  2. ^ "KISS Crazy (UK) #8, 9/90". Carol Watkinson. September 1990. p. 20. Retrieved December 28, 2020. KC: Where were you born and raised? BK: Brooklyn, New York and I experienced Queens, then I experience Manhattan. A New York boy.
  3. ^ Bruce Kulick. "Bruce Kulick". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Bruce Kulick – Journey of a Frontman Jan 7, 2015 - Bruce Kulick is the only musician in the world who can say that he has rocked ... Bruce Kulick: With the Jewish religion, there's something called ...
  5. ^ Get Ready to ROCK! Interview with Bruce Kulick, guitarist with Kiss ... Interview with Bruce Kulick, guitarist with Kiss, Union and Grand Funk ... I was young, having to go to Hebrew School, so I couldn't play in the high school band.
  6. ^ Rock Eyez - Interview with Bruce Kulick- Guitar - BK, (form. KISS ... KISS/Grand Funk Railroad), 2009 Interview, Featuring artist and band interviews, ... Bruce Kulick: Well you have to understand that the band at the time was trying to fit in, .... Bruce Kulick: I do have a pendant of a Jewish star that is very much ...
  7. ^ a b c "3-Wind with Bruce Kulick". Metal Sludge. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2008.
  8. ^ "KISS Thinks Star Wars Rocks". Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2008.
  9. ^ Valcourt, Keith (September 5, 2015). "Bruce Kulick – Have guitar, will rock!". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Valcourt, Keith (September 1, 2015). "Bruce Kulick: 'Have Guitar, Will Rock!'". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 568. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ a b "Bruce Kulick Bio". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  13. ^ ""Saturday Night Live" Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf (TV Episode 1978) - IMDb". March 25, 1978. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  14. ^ ""Whistle Test" Episode #7.35 (TV Episode 1978) - IMDb". May 30, 1978. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  15. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 532. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  16. ^ Liner Notes; Michael Bolton CD (1983, Columbia/CBS Records)
  17. ^ a b King, Louise (May 1983). "Seger, Silver Bullet Sill Spell Good Time". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  18. ^ Saulnier, Jason (March 14, 2011). "Bruce Kulick Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  19. ^ Sherman, Black Diamond, p. 244.
  20. ^ Sherman, Black Diamond, p. 248.
  21. ^ "We're An American Band – LIVE". YouTube. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  22. ^ "Bruce Kulick BK3 Album Page | – The Official Bruce Kulick Website". February 2, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  23. ^ Miles, Paul. "Sex Tips From Rock Stars by Paul Miles". Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  24. ^ Bruce Kulick & Lisa Lane Wedding (YouTube). Los Angeles, California, US. February 13, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  25. ^ "BRUCE KULICK To Release 'BK3' In February". BlabberMouth.


  • Sherman, Dale (2009). Black Diamond: The Unauthorized Biography of KISS (10th Anniversary ed.). Ontario, CANADA: CG Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-894959-92-6.

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Preceded by
Mark St. John
Lead guitarist of Kiss
Succeeded by
Ace Frehley