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Bob Kulick

Tue
19
Sep

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - MIKE TRAMP

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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON - Via PodcastOne - White Lion, Bob Kulick And Vinnie Vincent Returns! In our first interview, former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp discusses his upcoming box set, is unambiguous in talking about Vito Bratta, talks touring and more.
 
In our second interview, guitarist Bob Kulick talks about his new solo record and working with W.A.S.P., KISS, Lou Reed and more.
And Mitch discusses the return of Vinnie Vincent with KISS expert, Greg Schmitt.
 
 

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Wed
02
Aug

BOB KULICK Unleashes His 'Skeletons In The Closet'

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Fifty years is a long time to have a career in any type of industry. However fifty years in the cut throat music business is a miracle unto itself. Not to mention a relevant, successful run in not only one but several fields.
 
Grammy Award winning guitarist / songwriter / producer extraordinaire BOB KULICK began his musical profession at 16 – when most high schoolers are still trying to figure out where they’re going in life - appearing on the 1966 album, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ from the Random Blues Band, the “baby band” that Bob played in that played The Café Wha in New York’s Greenwich Village alongside Jimmy James and the Blue Flames (later rechristened Jimi Hendrix). “This was the first club gig I had experienced and it completely changed my world!” recalls the guitarist.
 
1973 saw Kulick make the connection that he has been associated the most with throughout his career. He auditioned for - and got passed over by - KISS. Instead of being dejected the six stringer aligned himself with the band over the years, playing on the studio material on ‘KISS Alive 2.’ providing solos on the ‘Killers’ album, co-writing “Naked City” from ‘Unmasked’ and guesting on Paul Stanley’s 1979 solo album and tour a decade later. He even suggested his brother to the band. “It took multiple tries but we finally got him there!” Bob laughs.
 
Aside from KISS, Bob has, of course, played with Meat Loaf, Balance, Lou Reed, W.A.S.P., Skull, Murderer’s Row and several other bands and studio projects over the years.
 
Fifty one years after making his recording debut, the well-respected axe slinger has decided it’s time to release his first actual solo album, Skeletons in the Closet. Kulick explains, “I started writing new music in 2015 which then turned-into songs co-written with my former Balance bandmate, Doug Katsaros and my brother Bruce. I've had the thought of doing a solo project using some of the musicians I had worked with in the past for some time. Now armed with 4 new original songs my girlfriend (photographer, Julie Bergonz) introduced me to producer Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording and he loved the idea of working with me, the guest artists and the four new songs and that introduction led to the making of this album.
 
A ten song affair, Skeletons in the Closet is half brand new songs and half material from his storied past. “The idea of doing these new songs / retrospective songs as one CD only came to me after the new original songs were done. Then we added our cover of “Goldfinger” and pulled five of my all-time favourite songs out from my "closet" creating Skeletons in the Closet.”
 
Kicking off with "Rich Man," the uplifting track is the lyrical juxtaposition between what we don't have and being "rich" because we have "you" - a girlfriend, lover or a guitar or whatever it is that makes everything else alright. "Not Before You," co-written with Bob's brother Bruce, is a specific reference to, in this case, a new love. "London," Bob says, "is Jack the Ripper sideways. Our homage to Sweeney Todd and a 6 / 8 tempo and feel that, with Dee Snider's vocal, takes you to that place in London where 'No one hears you scream in the darkness.' Frankie Banali's unique drumming concept helped turn this into a larger than life song. "Goldfinger" is a tongue in cheek tribute to James Bond films - a heavy version of the classic Shirley Bassey song. "Player" is a theme we're all familiar with - getting "played by someone." This is another take on that story. Bob's back catalogue begins its appearance with Murderer's Row's "India" with an Indian / mid-eastern metal double bass drum guitar gallop and with a coral sitar solo played by Kulick. With the title track, Bob states, "I often look to start and / or end recorded songs by setting a mood, vibe or sound effect that 'speaks.' In "Skeletons in the Closet" you can hear the skeleton sounds in the beginning of the song, helping set the dark mood." "Can't Stop the Rock" "was written produced and recorded when David Eisley and I came up with the Sponge Bob song "Sweet Victory." This is another "rock" lyric song but a fun one we came up with which went great with “Sweet Victory” at that time. From Bob's Skull days, "Guitar Commandos" sees him trading lead guitar licks with his brother Bruce. "It's basically a song about the road and touring," he says. Wrapping up the album, "Eyes of a Stranger" is a song about how crazy love is. "The ups and downs of love, ya know, but also an uplifting and driving track to finish things off."
 
It’s said that the best things always take time. With Skeletons in the Closet BOB KULICK drives that expression home.
 
Musicians appearing on Skeletons in the Closet include:
 
Lead vocalists – David Glen Eisley, Andrew Freeman, Todd Kerns, Robin McAuley, Dennis St. James, Dee Snider, Vick Wright.
Bassists – Kjell Benner, Bobby Ferrari, Bruce Kulick, Dennis St. James, Rudy Sarzo, Chuck Wright
Keyboardists - Doug Katsaros, Jimmy Waldo
Drummers – Vinnie Appice, Frankie Banali, Chuck Burgi, Scot Coogan, Brent Fitz, Bobby Rock, Jay Schellen, Eric Singer
 

Skeletons in the Closet lineup song by song:

RICH MAN
 
Todd Kerns - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Rudy Sarzo - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice - Drums
 
NOT BEFORE YOU
 
Robin McAuley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Bruce Kulick - Bass
Brent Fitz - Drums
 
LONDON
 
Dee Snider. - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Bobby Ferrari - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards and orchestration
Frankie Banali - Drums
 
GOLDFINGER
 
Vick Wright - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Bobby Ferrari - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards
Scot Coogan - Drums
 
PLAYER
 
Andrew Freeman - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Rudy Sarzo - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Scot Coogan - Drums
 
INDIA
 
David Glen Eisley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards
Chuck Wright - Bass
Jay Schellen - Drums
 
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
 
David Glen Eisley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards
Chuck Wright - Bass
Jay Schellen - Drums
 
CANT STOP THE ROCK

David Glen Eisley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Bob Kulick - Bass
Eric Singer - Drums
 
GUITAR COMMANDOS
 
Dennis St James - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Bruce Kulick - Guitars
Dennis St James - Bass
Chuck Burgi - Drums
 
EYES OF A STRANGER
 
Dennis St James - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Kjell Benner - Bass
Bobby Rock - Drums

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Fri
05
Aug

BLACKTHORNE To Re-Issue Debut & Unreleased 2nd Album

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BLACKTHORNE, The early 90's super-group formed by Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG / Alcatrazz / Impellitteri), Bob Kulick (Kiss / Meat Loaf / WASP / Skull) and Jimmy Waldo (New England / Alcatrazz) will on September 2nd release the shelved follow up to their 1993 debut album "Afterlife" via Cherry Red Records UK.
 
This new release, titled 'Don't Kill The Thrill' features 11 unreleased Blackthorne tracks that were recorded in 1994 for a proposed second album, However following the departure of vocalist Graham Bonnet the group disbanded, (later to resurface with David Glen Eisley as Murderer's Row) and the Bonnet sessions remained unheard , until now.
 
Also on September 2nd, is the re-issue of Blackthorne debut 'Afterlife' (Also via Cherry Red) previously released on Music For Nations records.
Both sets feature extensive live material and liner notes with new interviews from Graham Bonnet, Bob Kulick and Jimmy Waldo.
 
'Don't Kill The Thrill' - Tracklisting:
 
Disc One:
1. Don't Kill The Thrill
2. Wild Inside
3. Skeletons In The Closet
4. Dreamin' In The Hideaway
5. Man In The Black Hat
6. Twist The Blade
7. Judgement Day
8. Insanity
9. Sanctuary
10. Paralyzed
11. Save Me
 
Bonus Tracks:
12. Afterlife/We Won't Be Forgotten (Live Foundations Forum 1994)
13. Hard Feelings (Live Foundations Forum 1994)
14. Cradle To The Grave (Live Foundations Forum 1994)
15. Japan Sony Music Tv Interview 1
16. Japan Sony Music Tv Interview 2
17. Japan Sony Music Tv Interview 3
18. Uk Tv Interview / We Won't Be Forgotten (Acoustic In Uk)
 
Disc Two: Live Recordings
1. Desert Song (Foundations Forum 1994)
2. Breaking The Chains (Foundations Forum 1994)
3. All Night Long (Foundations Forum 1994)
4. Wild Inside (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
5. Since You Been Gone (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
6. Hard Feelings (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
7. Wishing Well (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
8. Baby You're The Blood (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
9. Will You Be Home Tonight (Fresno Aug 29th 1992) 10. Breaking The Chains (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
11. We Won't Be Forgotten (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
12. All Night Long (Fresno Aug 29th 1992)
13. We Won't Be Forgotten (Acoustic - Live In Japan 1993)
 
All Tracks Previously Unreleased
 
Afterlife - Reissue Tracklisting:
 
1. Cradle To The Grave
2. Afterlife
3. We Won’t Be Forgotten
4. Breaking The Chains
5. Over And Over
6. Hard Feelings
7. Baby You're The Blood
8. Sex Crime
9. Love From The Ashes
10. All Night Long
 
Bonus Tracks
11. Afterlife (Unplugged - Sony Music Tv Japan 1993)
12. We Won't Be Forgotten (Unplugged - Sony Music Tv Japan 1993)
13. Rehearsal Reel ("Mates" Studio La Dec 16th 1993)
 
Produced By Bob Kulick
Tracks 11-13 Previously Unreleased
 
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Tue
18
Aug

One On One With Mitch Lafon - BOB KULICK

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In episode 141 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, guitarist and producer, Bob Kulick, sits down with Mitch to discuss his new book, upcoming EP, working as a ghost musician on KISS' Alive II & Killers albums, the making of the Paul Stanley 1978 solo album, touring with Alice Cooper, the 1989 Paul Stanley solo tour, Balance, Meat Loaf, Motorhead, his brother Bruce Kulick and much much more.

Drummer Allan Schwartzberg co-hosts this episode. Allan is best known to KISS fans for having 'ghost' drummed on KISS' The Elder, Animalize and Asylum albums as well as credited performances on the Gene Simmons and Peter Criss solo albums of 1978. He's also appeared, both credited and uncredited, on multiple Alice Cooper albums.

Quote from the interview:

KISS ALIVE II: "Paul called me and said Ace was dragging."

Feedback from the band on guitar playing during the recording of Alive II: "It doesn't sound like Ace enough. Try to keep it in the ball park."

"I had my own band, Balance. I played with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Meatloaf, and all these people. I'm just on this train going through all of these artists."

I'd agreed to play on Gene and Paul's [1978 solo albums], but it became an issue. To have the same lead player on two of the records just defeated the purpose of everybody doing a different thing."

Bruce Kulick on joining KISS: "This was his fate."

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Release Year: 
2015
 
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