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Bruce Kulick
Works at Grand Funk Railroad
Attended Queens College, City University of New York
Lived in Los Angeles, CA
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My friend Robert Haglund, who fronts a huge singing group in Sweden called The Fantastic Four, recently released a solo disc that I am featured on. His style and interpretation of some classic rock tunes (“Enter Sandman,” “Love Gun,” “Holy Diver” and “Ace of Spades” to name a few) is unique and sexy. Fred Coury, my Cinderella drummer friend, is also on a track. Enjoy!
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Lyssna på låtar från albumet I Wanna Be Somebody, inklusive "Ain't No Love In the Heart of the City (feat. Svante Thuresson)," "Enter Sandman (feat. Bruce Kulick)," "Don't Believe a Word (feat. Tony Harnell & Bruce Kulick)" och många fler. Köp albumet för 109,00 kr. Låtarna kostar från 12,00 kr. Gratis med en prenumeration på Apple Music.
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Nice to make the list of Sweden Rock Magazine’s top 100 hard rock/metal guitar players. You can see the full list, with individual write-ups on all 100, in the September issue of the magazine. Thanks to all the fans who voted for me.
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—This is a mint 2004 ESP Guitars LTD EC-1000 deluxe model, made at the fantastic World Factory in Korea. It sports two energetic EMG pickups and the dark fingerboard has abalone inlays that are attractive but not too overdone. The body is bound with the same abalone shell that's so colorful. Locking gold tuners and gold TonePros parts on this model. These EC-1000 models give a similar crunch to a Les Paul, but they're lighter and a bit thinner in body width. A very strong rock ’n’ roll machine. Like this guitar? Well, this shiny black axe is for sale. Serious inquires email BruceKool@aol.com
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Yes Bill I should~ how are you my friend~
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Sebastian Gava is a talented musician from Argentina whom I have worked with many times. On his last CD, UNCENSORED, he asked me to write a song with him. My BK3 producer Jeremy Rubolino and I got busy with an idea he shared, and the song "Love at First Bite" was born. Watch the video he put together to showcase the song, which I enjoyed very much!
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Cool stuff. Your playing fits right in the pocket. 
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New BK’s Guitar of the Week—For Throwback Thursday, here’s a rare bird I used with UNION. ESP Guitars are known for many guitar models, mostly electric guitars of many shapes and designs. But back in 1998, just prior to me touring with UNION, the band with John Corabi, Brent Fitz and Jamie Hunting, I was visiting ESP regarding some of my touring electrics—my Signature model was out in 1997. I saw a few of these in ESP President/CEO Matt Masciandaro's office. Next thing I know I was choosing, to my ears, the best one and taking it home to use on tour with UNION. I know it was with me on a run of promotional performances John and I made, without the full band, in France, Scandinavia and maybe the England as well. The guitar is very much like a Martin D-18 in some ways, and the slot headstock is similar to the 000-28VS Martin I recently shared. To be honest I don't have much info on the particulars. The top is spruce I am presuming, and it only has a light stain finish, not a thicker lacquer one. Most important is the tone. Loud, balanced and a joy to play. It sounds amazing! This model was never released to my knowledge, and now ESP Guitars is the distributor to an awesome acoustic company called Takamine. I am proud of the unique nature of this instrument in the history of ESP, as well as the fact that it’s just a great instrument. I love it!
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New BK’s Guitar of the Week—Here is an unusual Martin acoustic guitar. It's a reissue made in 2006 of a smaller body acoustic that was popular for finger picking styles or bluegrass. I don't play that way at all, but these instruments seem to explode with giant tones, especially considering the smaller body shape. It has slot tuners, an extra wide neck, Indian rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard, solid sitka spruce top, and the neck joins the body at the 12th fret. I recorded quite a few times with this acoustic, including last year for the Dreams in the Witch House project, and here I am recording for my good friend John Corabi's unplugged CD in 2011. This specific model is called the 000-28VS. Highly recommended!
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New BK’s Guitar of the Week—Here's a super clean vintage Gibson Les Paul Special that looks even better in Joe Bonamassa's hands! He's not only a terrific player and singer, his love of vintage gear is legendary, so Joe was happy to hold this pristine guitar of mine. It's a 1958, with a great comfy neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, bound neck, and two awesome P-90 creme pickups. The LP Special was more deluxe than a JR, but not as deluxe as a carved top Standard or Custom. Single cut and very good weight-wise, it came with the original alligator cardboard-like guitar case. I got it in 1990 or so. Thank you Ed Seelig of Silver Strings Music for grabbing this beauty for me!
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Great guitar, sir!

I'd love to see the two of you on stage together some time.
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Looking forward to Grand Funk’s show tonight at Laredo Energy Arena in support of the South Texas Food Bank’s 10th annual “Empty Bowls” fundraising event. It’s an honor to help raise money and awareness for the food programs in the area. There are still some tickets available, so if you’re in the area come see us. You’ll get a rockin’ good show while supporting a great cause. Tix: http://ow.ly/u7Hx303oNHT
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BK’s Guitar of the Week—Here's an awesome amp with some history. It has been mine for a very long time, but how long? No clue. I don’t remember exactly when I got it, but I do know it appeared on some KISS recordings. Sadly, I've not used it in many years. It’s from the famous line of early Tweed Deluxe amps from Fender in the ’50s. The model is referred to as the 5B3. This one is a particularly powerful amp. It was upgraded with Groove Tubes, and the Jensen speaker is a Jensen C12 for stronger crunch and tone. I recently got it serviced, and I hope to use it in the near future now that those creamy and crunchy tones are working so well. I highly recommend you plug into one, if you can find one!
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New BK’s Guitar of the Week—This awesome red '87 Les Paul was quite a great find many years ago. I got it during the last year of my band UNION. I remember bringing it to a local gig in Los Angeles and got the tiniest scratch on it. I was really upset! After that, I left it at my brother’s studio for many years and it was a go-to guitar when needed for his sessions. I used it on some popular tribute CDs that he did such a fabulous job producing. Songs like "Sad But True" and "Whole Lotta Love" were performed with this red beast. I believe the pickups are Seymour Duncans (JB + 59), and it features a nice dark rosewood neck. She's red ALL around the guitar, so to me it's super special!

 
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Awesome Les Paul, sir!!!
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A reminder for all my Detroit area fans that I will be appearing at Rock City Music Company this Friday, July 29th, for a FREE live performance and meet & greet. Details at the official event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/519385764917040/
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I was on the Music Mania Podcast on Friday with hosts Paul Lagana and Clint Switzer. Tons of great KISS talk, so give it a listen!
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  • Grand Funk Railroad
    Lead Guitarist, 2001 - present
  • Musician
    Guitarist, 1975 - present
  • KISS
    Lead Guitarist, 1984 - 2006
  • UNION
    Lead Guitarist, 1997 - 2000
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Los Angeles, CA - Queens, NY
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I play guitar, and love good music and honest people. Simple really.
Introduction
Bruce Kulick has been playing professionally since 1975. He first gained notoriety as a member of the touring band for Meat Loaf's classic "Bat Out Of Hell" album in 1977, playing dual guitars with his brother Bob. Shortly after, Bruce formed the band Blackjack with then aspiring singer Michael Bolton. After the release of two albums, Blackjack folded and Kulick considered joining Billy Squier's band after playing on Squier's debut, "Tale of the Tape."

This never materialized, as Bruce was asked to join KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, joining the band for the Animalize tour in 1984 and continuing with the band until the 1996 Reunion Tour. Bruce performed around the world with the KISS, won many Platinum and Gold awards, and is heavily featured on KISSOLOGY II and III, the band's DVDs spanning their historic 35 year career. The amazing relationship he still has with the KISS Army is a true testament to his performing and writing abilities shared with the iconic group.

After leaving KISS, Bruce continued his musical development by forming UNION with John Corabi in 1997. UNION released three albums between 1998 and 2000 before going on hiatus to pursue other endeavors. Bruce and John teamed up with Eric Singer and formed the Eric Singer Project (E.S.P.), releasing an album in 1998. Bruce also maintained his connection to KISS, contributing to their Psycho Circus album, the Detroit Rock City soundtrack, and both of the solo efforts from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

In early 2001 Bruce released his debut solo album, Audio Dog, which was followed in 2003 by Transformer. Both albums showcase many different sides of Bruce as a performer, with a great mixture of instrumentals and vocal tracks. Another facet of Bruce's playing was revealed in 2001 when he joined Grand Funk Railroad as lead guitarist after receiving a personal invitation from drummer Don Brewer. Bruce is still touring with GFR, and is currently in his 14th year as their lead guitarist.

Through the years Bruce has been involved with session work, producing new artists, instructional DVDs, and music compositions. Bruce's session work with Finland's LORDI won him platinum awards in Europe, and in 2004 rap superstar Kanye West covered a song from Bruce's Blackjack days with Michael Bolton on West's debut multi-platinum disc, "The College Dropout." Bruce is also heavily involved with the "Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp," and enjoys jamming and sharing his experience with campers as a counselor. Jamming with rock legends like Jack Bruce and Roger Daltrey who appear at the camps are also experiences that make Bruce proud.

In February of 2010 Bruce released his third solo album, BK3. Kulick invited several guest artists to appear on BK3, including Gene Simmons of KISS on the anthemic "Ain't Gonna Die," the late Doug Fieger (The Knack)  on "Dirty Girl," Nick Simmons (son of Gene) on "Hand of the King," former UNION cohort John Corabi on the moody "No Friend Of Mine," Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) and Eric Singer (KISS) on the fierce "I'm The Animal," and guitar legend Steve Lukather (Toto) on the exciting instrumental "Between The Lines."

"Great to hear one of the unsung heroes of KISS stepping out with a bold musical statement of his own," says Eddie Trunk of VH1's "That Metal Show," while Classic Rock magazine called BK3 "quite a force" and "a well-crafted effort that shows Kulick living up to his full potential as a solo artist." The magazine also named Kulick one of their "Top six to watch for in 2010," and BK3 one of the Top 50 albums of 2010.

Currently, Bruce is continuing his work in Grand Funk Railroad as the lead guitarist, and keeps busy between GFR shows with many other music projects, including traveling outside of the US to perform.  But his passion of playing lead guitar in Grand Funk is quite rewarding for Bruce, as the band was an influence for him when they hit the music scene. Bruce has said many times, "On stage with Grand Funk Railroad is like taking a fantastic journey of rock, funk, and blues, all filled with classic moments of why I love to play guitar.  There's no better rhythm section than Don Brewer and Mel Schacher to lay down the groove for my riffs."

Visit http://kulick.net for all the latest news and information on Bruce's endeavors, and you can also catch up with Bruce on Facebook (http://facebook.com/officialbrucekulick), Twitter (http://twitter.com/brucekulick), and Google+ (http://gplus.to/brucekulick).
Education
  • Queens College, City University of New York
    1974
  • Newtown High School
    1972
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