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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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'Tis the season for fall fairs! GFR played the Kern County Fair on Wednesday night, and we're ready to rock the Central Washington State Fair Park in Yakima, WA tomorrow (Sept 30th). The show is FREE* with paid entry to the fair, so come out and and enjoy the fair and then end your evening with me and The American Band!

*Note: General admission/standing room is free. There are some reserved seats for those interested. http://www.statefairpark.org/…/us-cellular-concert-seri…/556
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Two gigs with Grand Funk this weekend. First up the Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana on Saturday (Sept. 24th), followed by the LA County Fair in Pomona, California on Sunday (Sept. 25th). Hope to see you at one of the shows!
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New BK’s Guitar of the Week—Here’s a beautiful old Gibson 1960 dot marker ES 330 in cherry finish. It has the desired black P-90 pickups, later ones were nickel and chrome, with a rosewood fingerboard. There’s plenty of grain in the top and the tone of this guitar is sweet and expressive. You can hear it in the solo of the song “Life” from BK3. The solo starts at 1:55 so give a listen. (https://itun.es/us/6-nB0?i=879550577) These guitars are like the Epiphone Casinos that The Beatles made famous in the mid '60s. The tuners were replaced, so that’s a mod that vintage guitar purists can argue about, and I was told it may have been refretted as well. For me, if a guitar has huge wonderful tone I can get past most changes that the guitar was put through. For some players the modifications are improvements for what the guitar can do. I agree with that, and I hope to keep and play this axe for a long time to come.
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I am very excited to announce that, along with my good friend and KISS drummer Eric Singer, I will be a guest at the NJ KISS Expo on Sunday October 9th. The Expo is being held at the Somerset/Bridgewater Hotel in Somerset, NJ. More info, including how to purchase tickets, available here: http://njkissexpo.com/ It's been quite a few years since I’ve appeared at a US KISS Expo, and I hope to see all you KISS fans in NJ. This fantastic event is gonna rock, no doubt! 
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—Here’s a bass I used quite a bit on my BK3 recording (http://ow.ly/IViM303LxXA). This 1966 Fender Precision is a common Sunburst, but the tone on this slab of wood will rock your house and maybe the block! It has a large neck, typical of these years, and the pickup is strong and original. When I bought it, it didn’t have the proper bridge, but I did find one online that is era correct. The Brazilian fingerboard is smooth and grainy, frets are comfy, and no dead spots up the neck. This is one serious tone machine! (Photo by Neil Zlozower.)
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—Here’s an awesome 2006 Fender Custom Shop Telecaster in 3-tone sunburst. I found it used a few years ago in a local Guitar Center. What I love about it, besides the great maple neck and paint finish and wood grain, is that it has a humbucker in the neck position. Fender does a great job with the Custom Shop models, and the relic is not too severe on this beauty. Looks like it was made in the '60s, but they fooled us. Fortunately it does feel old, but at a fraction of the price. I have yet to record with it, but I know it has a great sound, as Teles are true workhorses of rock ’n' roll. 
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Need a midweek pick-me-up? Well, if you're in the Bakersfield, CA area come out to the Kern County Fair​ tomorrow night (Sept. 28th) and catch me with Grand Funk! The show is FREE with paid admission into the fair. 
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Rock them hard, sir!
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I'm excited to be part of this big event in Knoxville, Tennessee, a wonderful part of the country! Come see me on October 28th & 29th during the Fanboy Expo Halloween Weekend being held at the Knoxville Convention Center. For more details, including how to purchase tickets, visit the expo’s official website: http://fanboyexpo.com/
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Have a great time there, sir!!!
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New BK's Guitar of the Week—With the recent 15th anniversary of 9/11, and KISS's "Freedom To Rock" tour winding down, we’re reminded that being patriotic in America has its virtues. And lately, controversy as well. I’m now in my 16th year with Grand Funk, and we perform the major hit "We're An American Band,” written and sung by drummer Don Brewer, as the show closer. A USA themed guitar works well for me to perform with during that song. I have featured a Fender Wayne Kramer model previously. Given that Grand Funk tours the nation as "fly dates,” however, we have three different backline rigs with my guitars. Here's my West Coast rig’s Fender MIM Stratocaster, which has a US flag pickguard, dark rosewood fingerboard, and Seymour Duncan pickups that are smooth in construction and powerful for crunch. This guitar was built in ’93, and some of these Mexican-made Stratocaster models are really excellent. Its Olympic white finish is showing some age, and that's cool!
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Awesome guitar sir!!!
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Looking forward to Grand Funk's gig tomorrow at the MilwaukeeRally / House of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, WI. Some tickets still available (http://ow.ly/KrN6303OkBB), so if you're in the area come out and see The American Band! (Photo by Craig Clingan.)
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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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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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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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Guitar Player
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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