Bob Kulick

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Bob Kulick
Birth nameRobert J. Kulick
Born(1950-01-16) January 16, 1950 (age 64)
OriginBrooklyn, New York United States
GenresHard rock, glam rock, shock rock, heavy metal, pop rock, art rock, experimental rock, dance, jazz, disco
OccupationsProducer
Guitarist
Musician
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar
Years activeLate 1970s–present
Associated actsKiss
Paul Stanley
W.A.S.P.
Neverland Express
Meat Loaf
Michael Bolton
Lou Reed
Doro
Balance
Diana Ross
Motörhead
Tim Curry
Alice Cooper
Mark Farner
Janis Ian
Was (Not Was)
Kris Hadlock
Spys
Blackthorne
David Glen Eisley
Skull
 
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Bob Kulick
Birth nameRobert J. Kulick
Born(1950-01-16) January 16, 1950 (age 64)
OriginBrooklyn, New York United States
GenresHard rock, glam rock, shock rock, heavy metal, pop rock, art rock, experimental rock, dance, jazz, disco
OccupationsProducer
Guitarist
Musician
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar
Years activeLate 1970s–present
Associated actsKiss
Paul Stanley
W.A.S.P.
Neverland Express
Meat Loaf
Michael Bolton
Lou Reed
Doro
Balance
Diana Ross
Motörhead
Tim Curry
Alice Cooper
Mark Farner
Janis Ian
Was (Not Was)
Kris Hadlock
Spys
Blackthorne
David Glen Eisley
Skull

Bob Kulick is an American guitarist and Grammy Award-winning record producer, best known for his studio work with Kiss.[1] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is the older brother of former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, whom he suggested Kiss hire.

Early career and Kiss[edit]

At a very young age, Bob Kulick once gave a young Jimi Hendrix a spare guitar string when he broke his during an audition in New York City.[2] Kulick took a chance in 1973 and auditioned for the lead guitar spot in a then-new band called Kiss. The band, with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, were very impressed by his performance, but it was the glitzier Ace Frehley (who auditioned immediately after him) who was chosen to fill the spot.[2] He later played (uncredited) on four Kiss albums: Alive II (three of the five studio tracks), Unmasked (played Lead Guitar on Naked City), Killers (all four new studio tracks), and some minimal work on Creatures of the Night. He also played on Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album and on his 1989 solo tour.

Other work[edit]

Early in his session career, Bob Kulick played guitar for Lou Reed on his Coney Island Baby record. Kulick followed this up with a long-running stint in the Neverland Express, Meat Loaf's touring band, on and off for years, which led to appearances on several Meat Loaf albums, most notably on 1984's Bad Attitude. He also formed a band called Balance, with Peppy Castro (formerly of the Blues Magoos) and Doug Katsaros (multi-platinum recording arranger and Broadway conductor), which had modest chart success in the early 1980s, followed up by playing rhythm and lead guitar on Michael Bolton's 1983 self-titled album.

Bob was involved with a project called Skull, releasing one album, No Bones About It, in 1991. Bruce Kulick, his brother, who would become a member of KISS, co-wrote one song and appeared as a guest guitarist on another track. In addition, Kulick played on the W.A.S.P. albums The Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough. He was only involved with the studio work and never toured with W.A.S.P. or became a member of the band. In 1996 he released Murderer's Row with his band of the same name. This group included David Glen Eisley (of Giuffria and Dirty White Boy) on vocals.

Since then, Kulick has served in various side projects such as Blackthorne and Observation Balloon. He also produced Motörhead's "Whiplash" (winner of the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance), produced and played guitar on the theme for WWE wrestler Triple H, and has earned 11 platinum or gold records working with Kiss and Diana Ross. Kulick also composed, produced and performed "Sweet Victory" with singer David Glen Eisley and Eric Singer of KISS in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Band Geeks" on Nickelodeon. The song further appears on SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Album.

Discography[edit]

Lou Reed[edit]

KISS[edit]

Paul Stanley[edit]

Balance[edit]

Meat Loaf[edit]

Michael Bolton[edit]

W.A.S.P.[edit]

Skull[edit]

Blackthorne[edit]

Murderer's Row[edit]

Doro[edit]

Tribute albums[edit]

Bob Kulick has produced or co-produced, with partners Bruce Bouillet, Billy Sherwood, and currently Brett Chassen, multiple tribute and original concept albums, including:

Recent projects[edit]

Most recently, Bob Kulick made an appearance on Tim "Ripper" Owens' 2009 album Play My Game, and also produced Your Wife's Rock Band for Kris Hadlock the same year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Bob Kulick". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Bob Kulick Reveals His KISS Character". Rockstar Weekly. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 

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