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 and won many Platinum and Gold awards. The amazing relationship relationship he still has with the KISS Army is a true testament to his performing and writing abilities shared with the iconic group. He is heavily featured on KISSOLOGY II and III, the band's DVDs spanning their historic 35 year career.
After leaving KISS, Bruce continued his musical development 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 with 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 10th year as their lead guitarist.
Through the years Kulick has been involved with session work, producing new artists, instructional DVDs, and music compositions. 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's session work with Finland's LORDI won Kulick platinum awards in Europe. Kulick has continued the pleasure of jamming and sharing his experience with campers at the "Rock N Roll Fantasy" camps that he enjoys being involved with. His counseling is rewarding for both him and the campers. Jamming with rock legends like Jack Bruce and Roger Daltrey that appear at the camps are experiences that make Bruce very proud.
In February of 2010 Bruce was proud to release his newest CD, BK3. The album takes listeners for quite a ride over its eleven songs, from the frenetic and anger-fueled "Fate" (co-written by Kevin Churko, known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne), to the philosophical and uplifting "Life." Never one to mind sharing the spotlight with other talented musicians, 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 the soon-to-be pop classic "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 calls 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 is busy promoting his BK3 CD