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Bruce Kulick
Works at Grand Funk Railroad
Attended Queens College, City University of New York
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I'm pleased to announce a visit to Paraguay, a country I've never been to before, where I will perform live in their capital city. KISS is everywhere! See you soon, Paraguay!
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I just put in a request for a guest solo by you on the next kiss record on genes ig account. The ball is now rolling! ☺ I've been re-listening to asylum, crazy nights and the others that you were on and realized how under appreciated you have been. Terrific stuff! 
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—Here's a cool-looking guitar that's very retro from the mid '60s. Kay Musical Instrument Company guitars (similar to the Harmony guitar company) were typically sold at Sears and stores like that. This model features two groovy plastic-covered pickups and an awesome pickguard. Like most Kay guitars, it has a bolt-on neck.That flame maple looking top is pretty, but I'm not even sure it's real. It has flatwound strings on it, and I did record a song demo a long time ago with this guitar to awesome effect. Unique and groovy would be the best way to describe it.
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My first guitar was a Sears Silvertone Model 1420 "Stratotone".....these guitars of this vintage were so cool, so elegantly simple.  Excellent, sir!
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Avantasia’s new album, GHOSTLIGHTS, is officially out now! I was honored to play on three tracks for my good friend Tobias Sammet: “Babylon Vampyres,” “Lucifer” and “A Restless Heart and Obsidian Skies.” Check out this video for lead single “Mystery of a Blood Red Rose” and then go grab the album! http://ow.ly/XGjFb
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Grand Funk plays tomorrow night (Jan 16th) in Palm Springs, California to kick off Spa Resort’s Concerts Under the Palms series. It’s a FREE show, so come on out if you’re in the area!
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+Bill Jackson VERY COOL   I love their music  these guys can play 
if you have time check out some of my music here >  https://soundcloud.com/rkcmuzik/garden-of-tone   hope you like it  
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—Here's a pretty cool axe that's similar to the one George Harrison used quite often on Beatles records. It's a Rickenbacker 360/12 V64. She's painted in the classic "Fireglo" finish. The number 64 refers to the year 1964, when Harrison received one. This one was made in 2010. Plug it into a Vox amp and you'll get beautiful chiming tones that will tickle your spine!
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Very nice guitar, sir!  I love those wrap-around tailpieces on hollow-bodies; they don't pull on the top and distort it.
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—Let’s start 2016 off with a rare bird. Prior to the Eagle model, Bernie Rico (owner and creator of B.C. Rich) was developing variations of the shape that became the BC Rich Eagle. This was made just prior to that, kind of a transition from an earlier guitar called a Seagull—hence, Seagull II. It has the original Dimarzio Super Distortions, a great rosewood fingerboard, and the body is made of mahogany. I recorded with it on UNION 's debut CD, and it was featured on the cover of Vintage Guitar magazine. I think there were only six or seven of these ever made by the company. I'm glad this one's mine!
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Very nice!  You need to do a video some day and have a "walk-through" tour of your collection, sir!
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—The last entry for 2015 (don’t worry, more coming in 2016!) is this very pretty red ESP, which has a bit of a story to it. It originally started as a regular three-pickup, single-coil style model with no Floyd Rose bridge. The red finish had a light relic to it, and it had a maple neck. I wanted to turn it into a more 90s-style ESP, so the good people at the guitar company got me a neck with a Rosewood fingerboard with the nut cut for a Floyd Rose. I then installed a nice set of Seymour Duncan pickups, similar to the ones in some of the current models offered from ESP. The body was properly routed for the Floyd at ESP here in LA. You might recognize this guitar from a lot of promo shots I've used in the past couple of years. I'm pretty lucky to have had the opportunity from the good people at ESP to create what I wanted, and with a very cool end result!
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Even though I'm not big on the "Strat-flavored" guitars, that one looks great in the red & white.  Looking forward to seeing more, sir!
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New BK'S Guitar of the Week—Here is my number one Grand Funk guitar. I am a huge fan of ESP Guitars and love their Viper line, and this guitar is amazing. It was recently featured in an advert for TonePros in the February 2016 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Made in 2002 in Tokyo, Japan, it was designed by Matt Masciandaro, the President of ESP, and me to be a standard MIJ guitar, but with special parallelogram fingerboard inlays made famous by Gibson on ES345 models. With an ebony fingerboard and Seymour Duncan JB and '59 pickups, this guitar SCREAMS rock n roll! It features a neck shape similar to a Gibson Custom LP from 1956. Not quite as large, but after my vintage Custom LP was measured by ESP they based the neck on a faster, slimmer version for this black beauty. I recently found a used 2006 black Viper at my local Guitar Center, without the upgrades on my Custom, but it too is spectacular. I can close my eyes and feel it in my hands!
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I love seeing this one when you come to town!  =c)
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I am very happy to announce that in March I will be going to Brazil for a mini-tour! I will be visiting Porto Alegre, Curitiba, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. More info, including how to purchase tickets, coming soon!
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Safe travels, sir!  =c)
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—Paul McCartney still prefers his 1963 Hofner bass, and I'm sure it's truly priceless. In my search for Beatles tones, and loving playing bass myself, I had to own one of these iconic basses. This 1966 has many of the correct features of Paul’s: raised Hofner logo keeps it in the right era, and this bass has heavy lacquer checking. It was featured on the cover of April 2010 Vintage Guitar magazine, and it's a joy to play. Flatwound strings are a must, of course, and the placement of the switches is imperative for that McCartney tone. Listen to "I'll Survive" from BK3. That's a Hofner Guitars Beatles bass, and one of my fave bass performances.
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Very nice, sir!  The instant recognize-ability of these basses are only part of what makes them special.
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It’s a new year, and I do want to wish you all a great 2016. Some exciting things are happening already for me in January. Grand Funk has the usual type of dates coming soon everywhere in the US, from California to Rhode Island and many places in-between.

Grand Funk is a also booked on the “Rock Legends” cruise at the end of January, and this is very intriguing to me. Bands include Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Foghat, America, and Orianthi, just to name a few, and another KISS guitarist, none other than Ace Frehley himself, will also be on board. This will no doubt prove to be a very exciting trip for sure.

In this new year I also plan on recording some more, and there are some other touring trips and appearances being worked on as well. You know I love sharing the details when they happen, so I promise to post as soon as things are confirmed.

Thank you for your continued support. I do appreciate you all keeping up with my career.

[Photo courtesy Steve Christiansen]
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I know, cause i one..my meesteak
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Well, the holiday season is finally here and it's time for us all to enjoy the opportunity it gives us to step away from the usual work and stresses we all deal with in life.

I love the gifts I share with Lisa and my friends and family, but what we should love the most is the time we get to spend with our loved ones. I feel the best gift in life is caring and sharing the joys of life with those close to you. To me, that's the true spirit of this time of the year.

I'm very grateful for another successful year in my career, traveling to many places both international and across the USA with Grand Funk Railroad. This December marks my 16th anniversary of performing with GFR! I'm blessed to be so busy doing what I love: playing my guitars and sharing my talent with you all.

Have a safe and wonderful New Year. I hope to see many of you in 2016!
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Thank you for everything you've shared with us over your long amazing career, sir.....the music you make takes us places that some of us cannot dream to go.  You're real, you're true, and you're still "one of us".......a true star in every sense of the word.  You've shared your joys and sorrows with us, making us part of your family......for that we are honored.  May the future hold nothing but great things for you and yours....thank you, my friend. 
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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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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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