July - August 2007
The Evansville KISS Expo was held this past Sunday, August 26th, and reporter John Martin of the Evansville Courier Press was in attendance. You can read John's review of the Expo, including a few pictures, at the Evansville Courier Press webpage.
There is an outstanding 4 page article by Scott Rowley in Classic Rock Magazine called "So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n Roll Star?" You may remember Scott was a member of Bruce's band at the London Rock Fantasy Camp back in May, and Scott's written a piece that really gives you a feel for what it's like not just to be a Rock Fantasy Camp attendee.... but to be one in Bruce's band!
To download/view the pdf file, click here.
After the successful release of KISSOLOGY Volume 2 last week Rock Confidential decided to run down ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and ask a few questions regarding his era with the band and footage that was - or wasnąt - included in Volume 2.
RC: The first thing that grabs me is that there is no mention of Asylum or that particular tour in the menu. Why was it overlooked?
BK: It has been a frustrating thing regarding the documentation of that tour. There is very little good stuff out there.
RC: Have you ever seen any pro footage with full audio from the Asylum tour?
BK: I have asked fans and collectors alike, and there is NOT.
RC: It appears that Animalize and the Animalize tour doesn't get mentioned, either. Why?
BK: I am not sure, but realize that some footage that exists sometimes cannot be cleared to be included. Unlike bootlegs, this is very official product that has to be properly signed off on etc. And sometimes the ownership or other issues are quite complicated.
RC: Does the band have any pro footage of Mark St. John playing live or perhaps a show where you both played?
BK: NOT that I am aware of. I have a photo somewhere, and not a great one!
RC: After hearing Gene and Paul's commentary about Mark St. John they really seemed to be unhappy with him in the band. Was his illness - although real - overblown and used as an excuse to get him out and get you in permanently?
BK: They really did give him a proper chance but I was already hitting home runs in the line up.
RC: Are there key shows from your career with KISS that you would like to see the light of day?
BK: Donnington in the UK. A huge show in Canada with Whitesnake. We played the Marquee in London sometime as well. How about a benefit at the Stone Pony in NJ! There are others later than that, but I am just mentioning some from this Kissology II era-correct performances.
RC: Hearing the commentary from Paul re: Eric Carr's illness and passing sheds some light on what we've heard since his death. You had to be in a terrible spot at that time. Paul says the band was cut off from Eric and his family. Did that apply to you as well?
BK: Yes that did. I would hear about things from Carrie Stevens. But it was a difficult time for all.
RC: Were you opposed to moving forward with a new record at that time or was there no other choice than to move ahead with Eric Singer?
BK: We did need to move forward as hard as it was.
RC: Who had the video footage of Eric Carr that's included after the credits to Disc 3?
BK: I am not sure, but I would presume that came from Eric's family.
RC: You're obviously going to be in the next volume - Revenge, Alive III, KISS My Ass, Unplugged, Carnival of Souls. What kind of stuff exists that may get included that we haven't seen? Do you think MTV Unplugged will see life again on DVD?
BK: I hope the MTV Unplugged event does appear again. I am not really sure what will be in the next volume but I know it will be cool for sure. I am so proud of the fact some new KISS product from my era is out there. As you know, I meet so many fans of those years with Eric Carr and the Revenge KISS and the fans are quite supportive!
The Evansville KISS Expo is back! Special guest Bruce Kulick will be answering questions and will be available for autographs and photos throughout the day. SSG is planning a blistering show of lesser known and non-performed KISS songs, as well as a roof raising show with Bruce! The Expo will take place Sunday, August 26th from 1pm to 8 PM and is located at the Evansville Airport Marriott, 7101 US Highway 41 North, Evansville, IN.
KISS merchandise and collectibles will be on sale throughout the day, and there will be giveaways and contests too! VIP ticket holders will get in early (11 AM) and get a FREE collectible. VIP tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Regular admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under get in free!
For more information, please visit http://www.getalifeinc.com/
The ESP "Live In Japan" CD (w/new cover art) and the ESP "Live At The Marquee" DVD are currently being offered as a combo pack.
ESP "Live At The Marquee" DVD: Do Your Own Thing * Watchin' You * Unholy * Love (I Don't Need It Anymore) * Four Day Creep * Jungle * Nothin' To Lose * War Machine * Jump The Shark * Born To Raise Hell * Free Ride * Power To The Music * Black Diamond * We're An American Band * I Love It Loud * Domino * Smokin' In The Boys Room.
ESP "Live In Japan" CD: Watchin' You * Love (I Don't Need It Anymore) * Unholy * Do Your Own Thing * Domino * Black Diamond * Oh Darling * War Machine * School's Out * I Love It Loud * Power To The Music.
Click here to order!
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 it out!
We've received some great photos of Grand Funk's show at Copper Mountain. Thanks to T. Nixon for sharing them!
More Grand Funk dates have recently been added in North Charleston, South Carolina * Kenner, Louisiana * Springfield, Illinois. These are in addition to the numerous dates already on GFR's summer/fall tour schedule!
Click over to the Tour Dates Page for Bruce's complete schedule.
On July 1st Grand Funk Railroad played a show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and really rocked the crowd! You can check out some great live shots from the show by clicking here.