January - February 2007
"Hello everyone! Fantasy Camp is here again, and since I was asked to do a blog for this event - one that is hard to describe, just experience - I will try my best to share with you all the LA 2007 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. As usual, day one was jammed packed with excitement. I have to admit it has been a tough day one for the counselors, as actually it is day two. Wednesday we kicked off rehearsing songs for the campers and between learning some Queen songs, Bad Company and Free, Steely Dan, and Go Go songs my head has been spinning!! We don't have a counselor bass player, so I have been sharing the duties with a few others. But I do love playing bass as well, so I have been getting my fingers in shape. Some of you know I have recorded bass guitar on some KISS tunes in the past.
So really Wednesday we got set up with our gear, and of course Gibson was there in full force with some fine guitars. I brought some of my own instruments as I live here in Los Angeles. The counselor band was asked to perform Wednesday night for a charity that was put together by a camper named Laura Sperber. She is a coin collector ... how is 5 million for a nickel sound!! She's got one! Her guests were all in the coin field, but it made for a great night and of course kind of rehearsal for the Camp. We all celebrated the start even though the event was separate of the Fantasy Camp, but for us players, it was a great dress rehearsal of the songs we would play for the campers."
Click here to read the rest of Bruce's Blog from the 2007 LA Rock Fantasy Camp.
Bruce is definitely shapping up to have a busy '07. Besides the KISS Expos in February and March and the ESP European Tour, also in March, Grand Funk's summer schedule is exploding! Dates have recently been added in: Austin, Texas * Las Vegas, Nevada * Mableton, Georgia * Clearfield, Pennsylvania * Beloit, Wisconsin * Corvallis and Winchester Bay, Oregon * and St. Joseph, Missouri. And this is in addition to the numerous summer dates that were already on the tour schedule! Click over to the Tour Dates Page to check out Bruce's complete schedule, including all of Grand Funk's scheduled stops.
The 2007 Indianapolis KISS Expo will be held Saturday March 31st from 1:00PM to 8:00PM, and will be located at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis East, 6990 East 21st Street. Special Guests include Bruce Kulick and the ultimate KISS tribute band Mr. Speed. Bruce will be doing a Q/A and will be available for autographs and photos. Mr. Speed will provide a rousing setlist that covers all eras of the greatest band ever! For more information click here!
The 5 day Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp: Hollywood will take place over President's Day Weekend, February 15-19, 2007. Bruce will once again be serving as a Camp Counselor, and other counselors will include: Paul Stanley, Bret Michaels, Steve Vai, Scott Ian, Mark Slaughter, and many more. For more information, including how to register, click here.
Jonathan Green attended the most recent Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which was held in New York City during August 2006, and where Bruce was his Camp Counselor, and he wrote up an awesome account of his experience that was published by the British paper The Daily Mail. As you can see, it wasn't quite what Jonathan expected going into it, but a great time was had nevertheless:
The crowd, some 700 strong, are clamouring for us now with a deafening roar. They jump up and down emitting shockwaves that cause pandemonium backstage as tables shake, instruments topple over and roadies dressed in black scramble to hold everything down. Cowering in the backstage tunnel, I feel as if I'm underwater, the world a slow-motion blur. The black Gibson guitar slung around my neck feels alien and useless, like a gimcrack ornament. I'm panicking so much that I can't remember the fingering for a rudimentary A chord. Stricken with stage fright, palms dripping with sweat, there's a swell of apprehension rising in my chest. Through a sliver between curtain and wall, I can see a small swatch of the stage, illuminated by hazy orange and indigo lights. These same black boards have been stomped by Aretha Franklin, Motörhead, Chuck Berry and Alicia Keys in the past few months.
Next to me is Bruce Kulick, former lead guitarist for KISS, a man who has regularly played gigs in front of up to 100,000 screaming fans in stadiums all over the world. He looks at me, bass guitar at his waist, with a nervous, darting movement. "I'm scared, too," he says. "And I do this for a living." And this guy can actually play. He has a reputation as one of the best guitarists in the business. I am nervous to the point of needing psychiatric treatment. I feel that I am about to try to fool the people jammed to the rafters in BB King's Club, on 42nd Street, New York - all of whom have paid $60 - in an unspeakable act of fraud. I panic that in the next ten minutes they are going to realise that I'm a terrible guitarist. When they do, I am going to be revealed to all these people as a shameless charlatan.
The MC announces us: "And now, New York City - here's Hell's Kitchen!" My legs, which seem to act independently, carry me through the darkness of the wings and then out, squinting, into the bright lights of the packed club. I trip over a cable and my plectrum slips out of my sweat-soaked hand. I bend to pick it up and lurch too close to the amplifier so that a crackle of high-pitched feedback issues from the speaker. There's a 4/4 beat, the drums kick in and the lead guitarist launches into the first riff of Bryan Adams's Summer Of '69 with deafening, buzzsaw volume. And I ready myself to play the first chord of the song, which, as it happens, is the wrong one...
Six days earlier, Gibson Showroom Studios, West 54th Street, New York City: "So," says the blonde behind reception, her nose wrinkled with disdain, every word dripping with snotty condescension. "What you're saying is that you haven't rehearsed at all for this?" "Erm, no," I say guiltily. "I didn't think it mattered." My first introduction to Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp was going less smoothly than I would have hoped. It's audition day and I've bowled in late with a truckload of attitude but without the requisite song to perform. I am here to become a rock star. The literature for the 2006 New York City Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp promised that no musical experience was necessary. It also said that I would be "treated like a star for five days and nights", along with getting expert tuition from famous rock stars.
At the end of the week I would record a song and play live at New York's legendary blues club, BB King's, while competing with other groups at the camp in a battle of the bands. Being treated like a rock star? Great, I thought, a week of being a prima donna. I can tell people to remove all the brown M&Ms from the bowl, just like Van Halen, order the dressing room to be painted green, ā la Jennifer Lopez, and generally have a raucously fine time. But as I make my way down to the stage for my audition under the Gibson studios, I soon discover that the people at Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp aren't pretending at all...
To read the rest of Jonathan's account, click here.
You can also read Bruce's Blog from the NYC '06 Fantasy Camp by clicking here.
The first annual Myrtle Beach Kiss Expo will be held on
Saturday February 24, 2007 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The special guests for the Expo will be Bruce Kulick and Lydia Criss. The Expo will be located at one of Myrtle Beach's most popular tourist destinations, "Broadway at the Beach", and special arrangements have been made for the Expo to be located right next door to the Kiss Coffee House (Club Boca).
Kiss & Rock-N-Roll collectible dealers from all over the country will be setting up making sure you have plenty to keep you busy, and numerous events will be scheduled throughout the day, including the first annual PS2 Guitar Hero "Strutter" jam-off!
For more information about the first ever Myrtle Beach KISS Expo, including ticket prices and hotel accomodations, click here!
Great news for Europe: ESP (Eric Singer, Bruce Kulick, John Corabi, and Chuck Garric) has announced the schedule for their 2007 European Tour! While dates are still subject to change, the current line-up looks like this:
- 3/15 - Garage Club, Bergen, Norway
- 3/16 - The Rock Club, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 3/17 - Plato, Helmond, Holland
- 3/18 - Zeche Bochum, Bochum, Germany
- 3/21 - Wigwam Club, Budapest, Hungary
- 3/22 - Heineken, Madrid, Spain
- 3/23 - La Croix-Bleue, La-chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland
- 3/24 - Black Horse Club, Cerminate, Italy
- 3/25 - The Underworld Camden, London, UK
Please check Bruce's Tour Dates Page for more info and for any additions and/or changes to the schedule.
Bruce has been back in the studio working on his next solo CD, which for now is "titled" BK3. Accordingly, his Studio Blog has been updated with the most recent events and pictures from his time in the studio. Click here to check out Bruce's Studio Blog!
The annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show will take place this year January 18-21, 2007 the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Bruce is scheduled to appear at the ESP booth for a meet and greet session on Friday, January 19th between 12:30-2:00 p.m. The ESP booth is slated to be located at 4368, Hall C. You can get more details about the NAMM Show 2007 by clicking here. [Photo by Jarrod Vrazel]
There is a video up on YouTube.com from Bruce's recent appearance at Fiesta KISS in Santiago, Chile. Specifically, a video of Bruce participating with Kisserblood in a performance of "God Gave Rock And Roll To You II".
Click on over and check it out!