NEWS: September - December 2009

 
 

December 29, 2009

 
CRUSHER MAGAZINE & NOISE CREEP INTERVIEWS
There are two great new features / interviews with Bruce up online, so be sure to check out CrusherMagazine.com and NoiseCreep.com.
 
 
 

December 16, 2009

 
'HAND OF THE KING' ANNOUNCED AS FIRST SINGLE FROM BK3
On January 12th, legendary KISS axeman Bruce Kulick will release 'Hand of the King' as the first single from his 3rd solo LP, BK3. The single features vocals from Nick Simmons, son of Gene and star of the reality series Family Jewels. KISS icon Gene Simmons himself appears on the track 'Ain't Gonna Die'.

The album features additional appearances by some of Bruce's closest friends, including: John Corabi (Motley Crue, Kulick's own Union), Knack frontman Doug Fieger, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Edguy power metal stalwart Tobias Sammet and even current KISS drummer Eric Singer.

BK3 will be released February 2nd on Twenty 4 Records /Rocket Science Ventures.


 
THREE NEW INTERVIEWS WITH BRUCE POSTED ONLINE
There are three great new interviews with Bruce up online, so be sure to check out Bruce's interview with KISSFAQ.com, WoodyTone.com and Ray Van Horn, Jr. of Dee Snider's House of Hair.
 
 
 

December 12, 2009

 
BK3 RELEASE DATE MOVED UP TO FEBRUARY 2, 2010
BK3: Bruce KulickIf you ever play Six Degrees of Bruce Kulick, the former KISS/current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist's résumé will keep you happily busy for hours. Having been tapped by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf and Kanye West, the veteran axeman's boundless creative energy permeates his third solo LP, BK3. In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, BK3 delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honor both Kulick's singular past and bright future. And then there's the jaw-dropping guest list, boasting members of KISS, the Knack, Toto, Mötley Crüe and more.

"Bruce was to KISS what Ronnie Wood is to the Stones," says Rocket Science GM & Fanboy Enterprises A&R executive Ken Gullic. "The new guy to one generation, and the long standing stable horse to another."

After getting his solo feet wet with 2001's Audio Dog and 2003's Transformer, Kulick - the often unheralded driving force on 12 years of classic KISS records, from 1984's Animalize to 1992's Revenge - assembled his own rock 'n' roll dream team. The roster: KISS icon Gene Simmons and up-and-coming son Nick (each vocally appearing separately), longtime friend John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Kulick's own Union), Knack mainman Doug Fieger, Toto axe authoritarian Steve Lukather, Edguy power metal stalwart Tobias Sammet and even current KISS drummer Eric Singer.

"Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3," Kulick says. "There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge."

BK3 will be released February 2nd on Twenty 4 Records /Rocket Science Ventures.

 
 
 

November 30, 2009

 
DAY 5 OF HOLLYWOOD ROCK FANTASY CAMP
Day Five is the day to get the final rehearsals done, and be ready for the big performance at the Whisky A Go Go with Robbie Krieger to jam along on the band's Doors song. The morning was spent with my band getting the Doors song prepared, as Robbie was visiting the camper rooms soon. My buddy Fritz was prompt at 11AM, and as soon as he opened his mouth it was like Jim Morrison walked in! The band was smiling big time! "Cold Gin" was rehearsed as well, and Vito said to me, "This is amazing!" We ran through all the songs, and we knew we went from struggling, to kind of sounding like a band, to BEING a band!

Robbie came in armed with his famous 1967 Gibson SG, and we started off our groovy keyboard riff and went deep into "Soul Kitchen". I played bass and was happy to have my vintage Jazz for that warm sound. Robbie was smiling at Fritz's vocals, and when the solo section came up he was trading riffs with Vito on guitar. Sweet! Robbie made a suggestion for the end of the song, a slight retard on the tempo, and Jeff and I looked at each other as we knew ANYTHING could happen with that! But he nailed it the second time for Robbie, and we knew what we would do in the evening on stage at the Whisky. How freakin cool!

We didn't have much time for more rehearsal, but we ran down the set again and I made sure Angela was comfy on the bass for "Cold Gin". Hearing Fritz nail that one really made the song gel. We felt confident for once, and my perfectionist attitude with the band was surely paying off. Robbie got time to talk to the campers with a Q&A session while the counselors were rehearsing a bit for the evening's jam. We all had some time after lunch to go back to home or hotel to freshen up to be ready for the big night on the strip.

I got there early enough to have the tech look over my guitars, and it was fun to see the campers and their guests all arriving. There was magic in the air and at 7PM sharp the first band kicked it off. My band was second to perform, so we were getting ready on deck. I reminded them to have fun and pay attention. It was finally time to hit the stage, and I was so happy with how smoothly the Doors tune came off. Vito's smile after trading licks with Robbie I will never forget. I loved the vibe, and then it was "Mr Jones" time. Angus handled his role well, considering he has no real experience as a front man.

Next up was our original, and the sleezy Hendrix vibe went over very well with the crowd. I explained how Jon Anderson from YES helped us write the tune and how cool that was for my band. Last but not least we tore the house down with the KISS tune "Cold Gin". Patrick on percussion was in FULL KISS Paul Stanley make up btw! So with Fritz singing like Gene, me on guitar, and the band really feeling confident, we rocked the house! Sandy Gennaro helped out on the second kit, and we were VERY excited with the way the set worked out for us.

Now we could enjoy watching the other bands, and I have to say everyone did amazing! What a terrific night! Last up was the counselor jam, and then Robbie came up with some of HIS band and jammed along with us at the WHISKY... very cool! We closed the night with "Light My Fire" and there was magic in the air having that song played with Robbie. The Doors put the Whisky on the map, and to jam with him and all the great talent on stage was just unbelievable.

So, another camp is under my belt and once again I see the power of music and how people from all walks of life can come together and create a band, make music in a powerful unique way, and communicate something so special. Music really seems to bring everyone together. I have to admit I am blessed to have talent, but sharing it and seeing it change others' lives is totally rewarding. The camp is more than just playing Rock N Roll... it transcends that. It is a way for everyone to learn to reach for more than they ever thought they could do. And let's face it, being on stage playing music is quite a treat. It doesn't get much better than being a star on stage, even it is only for 15 minutes!

Another amazing camp. Thank you David Fishof, and thanks to my band and everyone that helped make this week something we all will never forget.

To read more about Rock Fantasy Camp:
 
 
 

November 29, 2009

 
DAY 4 OF HOLLYWOOD ROCK FANTASY CAMP
Well, news of Angus's return was a relief, as now we could get back to work on the Counting Crows song "Mr Jones". We had our fourth song chosen already, but didn't really spend time on it till today. So our set would be the Doors tune "Soul Kitchen", to be played along with Robbie Krieger, then "Mr Jones", our original titled "Get it Right", and the KISS song "Cold Gin" to close the set on Sunday night.

We spent the morning getting our original tune tight... we were the LAST to record at Capitol, but I was happy as it gave us a relaxing pace and we needed the time to get to everything today. No special guests were coming, so we kept going over our songs and getting them the best we could. When I knew I couldn't guide Jeff our drummer on how to do something with proper drum technique, I asked Danny Seraphine from Chicago or Sandy Gennaro from Joan Jett to come in and help, which is one of the great things about the camp... we all help each other improve and it always shows on the final night.

I realized at one point that Angus might not even return from his Army duties, so I had a good friend on call, my buddy Fritz O'Hara. He LOVES the DOORS, is in a KISS tribute band, and said he would come visit Sunday morning and help bring those songs together. When Angus heard about Fritz he was relieved to have someone come in for those songs. We kept tightening up the songs, and had Barry from another band come in and play the keys for the Doors song rehearsals. After dinner it was finally time to head to Capitol Studios, and even though the band was a bit tired we all knew that Capitol has such an incredible vibe and amazing history. Rami and Rudy Sarzo's band finished up, and then it was time to head in and be recording artists.

Studio A is so awesome, a large room with great sounds, all controlled by Eddie Kramer. Eddie's resume of the top artists in rock 'n roll is quite impressive, from Zeppelin to Hendrix to KISS, etc. He is a total class act and we he got us all on our instruments dialing in the sounds. Jeff got comfy on the drum kit (his first time in a studio), and our guitarists suited up. I was to play bass, and I brought in a vintage 1965 Fender Jazz Bass that is really sweet. After Eddie was happy with our sounds, the red light went on and in two takes we had our song.

It was time to overdub the gang vocals, so I asked my producer and friend Jeremy Rubolino to come along as vocal arrangements are NOT my forte. In about 20 minutes we banged it out, and Eddie was pleased. I made a suggestion... we needed some cowbell, of course!!! Eddie and Angus went in with another studio cat, and they jammed to our tune and we were done! We took pix with Eddie, and I was home in time to see SNL!

Phew! What a long day, but we were proud to get our original in the can, as we say, and I thanked the band and Jeremy for doing a great job getting it done. Special thanks to Jon Anderson for helping us write the tune! I knew our last day would be coming soon, so more work was to be done on Sunday... the music biz never sleeps.

To read more about Rock Fantasy Camp:
 
 
 

November 25, 2009

 
NEW AUDIO CLIPS FROM 'BK3' AVAILABLE
BK3 In addition to the full songs 'No Friend of Mine', 'And I Know', and 'Between the Lines', samples from 3 more songs from BK3 are now available to whet your appetite for the February 16th release of BK3 on Twenty 4 Records /Rocket Science Ventures.

You will find clips from 'Ain't Gonna Die' (featuring Gene Simmons), 'Final Mile', and 'I'm The Animal' (featuring Tobias Sammet & Eric Singer) in the audio player on the www.KULICK.net home page and BK3 album page. Enjoy!


 
 
 

November 21, 2009

 
DAY 2 OF HOLLYWOOD ROCK FANTASY CAMP
It was a jam packed Day 2 for the Fantasy Camp, and I have to say once again the campers and I had a day we won't soon forget. The morning started with my band rehearsing the Counting Crow's song "Mr Jones" and by lunch time we were close to having that song figured out. But during our lunch Angus, who will sing the song, got a chance to discuss the vocal key with Mark Hudson (who is amazing helping singers), so we had more work in order to get that right. But all of that work happened after an amazing meeting with Jon Anderson from YES. David Fishof asked me to handle the interview, as I was certainly the biggest YES fan of the counselors. I have to say I was thrilled, as he and his band made a huge impact on me when I was first jamming on guitar and playing in bands.

The questions covered all things, from the early recordings to the later days, the different band members through the years and, of course, the artwork work that was iconic for the band. He spoke of the song writing process for the band and his group recording in very unusual ways. Jon is very entertaining to listen to with his Zen like voice and his visionary personality. He then picked up an acoustic, tuned it down a bit, and sang "Starship Trooper"! I was so excited by his performance I had goose bumps! The campers were mesmerized by Jon's angelic voice and arrangement as well, and I mentioned to the crowd how a song from such a complex band, when broken down to just his voice and an acoustic guitar is so POWERFUL. That is the one of the magical things of the camp.

But soon it was back to work on the songs. We changed the key for the morning song, and shortly after that Jon came in to visit my band in our room. He was polite and said, "Lets jam!" Vito (guitarist and band captain) was jamming a "Voodoo Child" Hendrix progression, so I grabbed a bass and joined in with him and, along with Jeff on drums and Myles on the second guitar, we played that for our special guest. Suddenly Jon was making up words and melodies very YES-like over this Hendrix jam. He was having fun doing word play on the change of chords in the tune. What a treat! Before he left he said, "Here you go. Have these lyrics and make it your original!" We will be recording this at Capitol Records on Saturday! THANK YOU JON!

After coming down from that and a short break we did an overview for what we need to learn and concentrate on. We needed to picked a name for the band, and that was hard till Angela said, "Well you work us SO hard, we feel neutered!" Then someone else said, "We're 'SPAYED AND NEUTERED'!" It's a keeper! After dinner it was time for me to have a master class discussing all things guitar, and then a spirited jam with Rudy Sarzo, who joined the camp today. We had fun till after 10PM.

So, a memorable 12 hour day for Day 2. More excitement tomorrow, as Meat Loaf will be visiting!

To read more about Rock Fantasy Camp:
 
 
 

November 19, 2009

 
BK3 RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED: FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Bruce KulickIf you ever play Six Degrees of Bruce Kulick, the former KISS/current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist's résumé will keep you happily busy for hours. Having been tapped by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf and Kanye West, the veteran axeman's boundless creative energy permeates his third solo LP, BK3. In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, BK3 delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honor both Kulick's singular past and bright future. And then there's the jaw-dropping guest list, boasting members of KISS, the Knack, Toto, Mötley Crüe and more.

"Bruce was to KISS what Ronnie Wood is to the Stones," says Rocket Science GM & Fanboy Enterprises A&R executive Ken Gullic. "The new guy to one generation, and the long standing stable horse to another."

After getting his solo feet wet with 2001's Audio Dog and 2003's Transformer, Kulick - the often unheralded driving force on 12 years of classic KISS records, from 1984's Animalize to 1992's Revenge - assembled his own rock 'n' roll dream team. The roster: KISS icon Gene Simmons and up-and-coming son Nick (each vocally appearing separately), longtime friend John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Kulick's own Union), Knack mainman Doug Fieger, Toto axe authoritarian Steve Lukather, Edguy power metal stalwart Tobias Sammet and even current KISS drummer Eric Singer.

"Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3," Kulick says. "There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge."

BK3 will be released February 16th on Twenty 4 Records /Rocket Science Ventures.

NOTE: THE RELEASE DATE FOR BK3 HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO FEBRUARY 2ND.
 
HOLLYWOOD ROCK FANTASY CAMP KICK OFF PARTY
This past Monday was the kick off party for the Hollywood Rock Fantasy Camp at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills. As always, the evening is a treat to returning and new campers. After a short meeting with the counselors and David Fishof, the creator of the camp, it was time for the returning campers and counselors to arrive and, after some appetizers and drinks, come up and tell stories about how the camp has changed their lives and how much the experience means to them. A bit later the newbies arrived, and the big party began with an amazing dinner catered by "The Smokin' Joint", a new BBQ place in LA. So with our bellies full, it was time to jam for the campers.

Mark Hudson led the band of Elliot Easton, Sandy Gennaro, Danny Seraphine, Teddy Zig Zag Andreadis (our fearless leader this time), and myself in some great Beatles and Stones covers among other cool classics. We then brought up various campers to jam, and on and on the songs kept coming. We also had a surprise guest, Gerry Beckley from the band AMERICA, come up and sing a song with the counselors. You never know who might show up at the Gibson Showroom... or the camp for that matter!

Looking forward to the real Day One of the camp on Wednesday. Ace Frehley will be visiting the campers! I know I will be asked to do the Q & A... COOL!!!!

To read more about Rock Fantasy Camp:
 
 
 

November 17, 2009

 
MEAT LOAF BAT OUT OF HELL DVD
Bruce KulickMeat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" is one of the most iconic albums of the seventies. Released in October 1977 it has sold in excess of 40 million copies worldwide. In the US, it is certified 14x Platinum for more than 14 million sales. This concert from the Stadthalle Offenbach in Germany was filmed in June 1978 for the German Rockpalast TV series and perfectly captures the raw excitement of the original Bat Out Of Hell tour with Meat Loaf dominating the stage and the album's songwriter Jim Steinman contributing heavily. This is a superb film of the original Bat Out Of Hell tour.

Reviewer Jeffrey Easton of MetalExiles.com had this to say: "This DVD has Meat at his rock god like best as he lorded over the stage. His band was amazing as well, featuring amongst others the Kulick Brothers, Bob and Bruce, proving a solid music backbone that could not be beat. If you never witnessed Meat Loaf in the 70s you missed out, but this DVD preserves that magic. Even Bruce Kulick himself said "Take a trip back in time to the original Bat Out Of Hell experience, Meat Loaf and his passionate band at its best!."

The Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell: The Original Tour DVD is on sale now!

 
 
 

November 11, 2009

 
BK IN GUITAR PLAYER HOLIDAY 2009 ISSUE
There's a nice full page interview with Bruce in the Guitar Player Magazine Holiday 2009 Issue. Titled "Unmasked! Bruce Kulick", you can read the feature here.
 
 
 

November 4, 2009

 
THREE NEW INTERVIEWS WITH BRUCE POSTED ONLINE
There are three great Q&A interviews with Bruce up online. You can check out Bruce's fan Q&A interview with KISS Army Austraila here, one with the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner here, and one from May The Rock Be With You here.
 
 
 

November 3, 2009

 
BK PRODUCED ARTIST REVIEWED BY BILLBOARD DISCOVERIES
Last year Bruce and BK3 co-producer Jeremy Rubolino worked with artist Derek Ryan on his second full-length CD "These Things". Billboard Discoveries has given "These Things", which was released under the band name Channel Theory, a very nice review. Check out Channel Theory's website to learn more about Derek and to sample his music, as well as to read the Billboard Discoveries review.
 
 
 

October 31, 2009

 
BK ON COVER OF FRENCH MAGAZINE CB NEWS
Bruce was recently featured on the October 19th cover of a French magazine called CB News. The magazine is geared toward advertising groups and media agencies, and the feature in this issue was music & marketing. Check out the full size cover.

Note: Bruce doesn't actually have a guitar that looks like that, it was photoshopped by the magazine for the purposes of its message of 'targeting' music in marketing.
 
 
 

October 30, 2009

 
BK & NORTHERN LIGHT ORCHESTRA SIGN ITEMS FOR CHARITY
Bruce recently attended a lunch at the Hard Rock in Universal Studios where he signed items for the Northern Light Orchestra's charity projects.

Pictured in the photo are George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob), Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge), Shane Gibson (KoRn), BK, Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords, Beach Boys, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) and Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House of Lords).


 
 
 

October 21, 2009

 
PHOTOS FROM LA KISS EXPO
Some photos from the recent LA KISS Expo are now up in Bruce's Photoalbum.
 
 
 

October 15, 2009

 
BRUCE HEADED TO HOLLAND, SWITZERLAND & NORWAY FOR 4 APPEARANCES
Bruce KulickBruce is heading to Holland, Switzerland and Norway for 4 appearances. At each event there will be a sneak peak of the upcoming BK3 CD, guitar clinic, personal meet and greet event, Q&A session, and new merchandise available. The scheduled appearances are:

HOLLAND - Friday, November 27th. MP3 Voetboogstr.3 Amsterdam, Holland. 20:30. Tickets at www.kisskollector.com

SWITZERLAND - Saturday, November 28th. Salle du centre de la Jeunesse - Serre 12 La-chaux-de-fonds. 19:00 doors, 20:00 event. This event is SOLD OUT.

NORWAY - Monday, November 30th. Backstage Musikk AS, Sandvika. 20:00. Tickets at http://www.backstagemusikk.no/

Tuesday, December 1st. Glassheim, Jevnaker (Time TBA). Tickets at http://www.untouchables.no/

 
 
 

October 6, 2009

 
BK3 DESKTOP WALLPAPERS NOW AVAILABLE
There are now two different BK3 related desktop wallpapers available for download, the BK3 Cover and the "Magician" Bruce photo. Both are available in 1024x768 / 1440x900 / 1600x1200. You can download them from the KULICK.net Multimedia Page.
 
OFFICIAL BRUCE FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
Bruce has started an Official Facebook Fan Page and would love for you to click over and become a Fan!
 
 
 

September 27, 2009

 
BK3 ALBUM TRACK LIST & ART - WELCOME TO THE NEW KULICK.NET
To celebrate the impending release of BK3, KULICK.net has a new look! This redesign is an ongoing process, but hopefully you like what you see so far. So, enjoy the site's new look, listen to the songs from the BK3 EP on our home page music player, and get ready for the full-length BK3 album coming soon! The album's complete track listing is as follows:

1. Fate
2. Ain't Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons)
3. No Friend Of Mine (featuring John Corabi)
4. Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons)
5. I'll Survive
6. Dirty Girl (featuring Doug Fieger)
7. Final Mile
8. I'm The Animal (featuring Tobias Sammet & Eric Singer)
9. And I Know
10. Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather)
11. Life

Welcome to the new KULICK.net!

 
 
 

September 25, 2009

 
BRUCE HEADED TO AUSTRALIA FOR 3 CONCERTS
Bruce KulickBruce is heading back to Australia for three concert events. The scheduled shows are:

December 12th - Adelaide, Australia at Fowlers
Tickets available from Moshtix or Venuetix

December 13th - Sydney, Australia at The Gaelic Theatre
Tickets available from Moshtix

December 14th - Melbourne, Australia at The Corner Hotel
Tickets available from The Corner Hotel

Bruce promises the shows will be worth the wait, and will feature a plethora of KISS tunes from the eight albums he recorded with the band between 1984 and 1996. Hits like God Gave Rock and Roll To You II, Crazy Crazy Nights, Forever, and Tears Are Falling will be nestled alongside many rarities never performed live by KISS themselves.

 
 
 

September 22, 2009

 
BK AT CASEY CARES ROCK 'N' ROLL BASH
Book your babysitters and buy your tickets before it is too late! The 7th Annual Rock 'N' Roll Bash, next Saturday at Rams Head Live, is a must see show! Even though you're in Baltimore, you'll be in a "New York State of Mind" when musicians from bands like the Billy Joel Band, Bon Jovi, Kiss (Bruce Kulick), Avril Lavigne, Survivor, and others jam together next Saturday night, Sept. 26th beginning at 6:30pm.

For more info about the 7th Annual Rock 'N' Roll Bash, including how to purchase tickets, please visit the Casey Cares website.
 
 
 

September 21, 2009

 
BRUCE TO APPEAR AT CHILLER THEATRE EXPO
Bruce will be appearing at the Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo. The Expo takes place October 30th through November 1st at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, NJ. For more information about the Chiller Expo, including how to purchase tickets, please visit the Chiller Theatre website.
 
 
 

September 1, 2009

 
LOS ANGELES KISS EXPO 2009
The wait is over!! Sunday October 18th 2009 is the date for the 1st Annual L. A. Kiss Expo. This is a perfect time to celebrate and all day event of new album releases by KISS, ACE FREHLEY and BRUCE KULICK. What an exciting time for KISS ARMY members everywhere! There will be KISS merchandise, a KISS costume contest, KISS trivia and much, much more! This event includes special guest and legendary guitarist BRUCE KULICK. Bruce will be doing a Q&A and signing autographs and if we're lucky we might get him onstage to play a few classic hits.

Book Author and special guest WENDY MOORE of "Into the Void" and now unveiling her new book "Out Of the Void". Wendy will be doing a book signing and a Q&A for the fans. This years event will include L.A.'s own "VENUS ENVY" one of the hottest Bands on the Strip! "School of Rock" has joined up with the L.A. KISS EXPO and rock guitarist Bruce Kulick will be rockin out the kids! And finally hold on to your seats! The hottest tribute band in the land PRISS will be performing an awesome set of KISS tunes!

For more info about the 1st Annual Los Angeles KISS Expo please visit their website.
 
BK AT HOLLYWOOD ROCK'N ROLL FANTASY CAMP / CONTEST
This November Bruce will once again be serving as a camp counselor for the Hollywood Rock'n Roll Fantasy Camp. You can get details about the upcoming Hollywood session at the Rock'n Roll Fantasy Camp website.

Additionally, Guitar Edge is having a Rock'n Roll Fantasy Camp Rockstar Package Giveaway Contest. An estimated $4000 value, all you have to do to enter is fill out a quick online survey on the Guitar Edge website.