Bruce Kulick is Back-4-More with his latest Metal Sludge interview.
Welcome guitar fans, KISS fans, Union followers and those who love Bruce Kulick.
This is not the first time we’ve talked to Mr. Kulick. Our original 20 Questions was with him way back in September of 1999. Then we did a ReWind in 2001 and our infamous 3-Wind was in the summer of 2008. It’s a full 3 years later, and Bruce is Back-4-More!
He’s recently released his 3rd solo CD, is touring the planet with a few different projects, and is also on Twitter. How Kulick is that! Or not? You decide.
We’ll turn it over to Bruce. Enjoy.
1. We’ve seen your face before Bruce and here we are again. What is new in your world, CDs, tours, plans, etc…plug away?
Last year BK3 my third solo disc came out. It featured Gene Simmons and his son Nick Simmons, Eric Singer, John Corabi, Doug Fieger from The Knack (who sadly pasted away last year), Tobias Sammet from Avantasia and Edguy, Steve Lukather and other guests. It got great reviews and to be honest, I am extremely proud of the songs and performances. It sold quite well which made me very happy. Due to a busy year of touring with Grand Funk, I didn’t get out in the US to support it, but did visit South America earlier this year in addition to gigs with the Eric Singer Project in Europe. John Corabi and I did some acoustic shows together in Italy and Poland as well. I am currently gearing up for a summer full of Grand Funk dates.
I am active with The Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, and I am making plans for more BK solo gigs and dates with ESP.
2. What does Bruce Kulick do the first 2 hours of most every day?
Walk my dog, feed my dog, have breakfast with my dog, go to my office to answer emails and get ready for my day which can be many things both career and/or family related.
3. Thoughts on the killing of Osama bin Laden?
Great news…proud we got him.
John Corabi & Mr. Kulick
4. It seems you still have your hands in KISS, obviously Grand Funk Railroad, and even ESP among other things. Any chance in the future of a reunion with UNION? And if yes or no, why or why not?
John Corabi and I in addition to Brent Fitz, have spoken about doing things if they come up right. John and I obviously are excellent together and Brent really is one of my favorite drummers, appearing on all my solo discs. "No Friend Of Mine" from BK3 actually features the three of us on one of the best songs.
5. Name a KISS merchandise item you’d like to own, but don’t?
KISS Forever casket. Would make a great cooler! LOL
According to Bruce, this guy is a perfect 10
6. So we now ask you to RATE a KISS member 1-10. In the bands history, there have been exactly 10 KISS members. A 1 being about as useless as tits on a bull, and a 10 being very important to the bands history.
Gene Simmons =10+
Vinnie Vincent = VV ( gotcha)
Ace Frehley = 10
Tommy Thayer = 8
Mark St. John = 3
Peter Criss = 10
Eric Singer = 9. (a hit in make up and without)
Eric Carr = 10
Paul Stanley = 10+
Bruce Kulick = 9 (I hold the non make up era intact)
"Tears are Falling" video shoot holding the non make up era intact
7. What is more torture, listening to Gene Simmons talk your ear off or your brother (Bob Kulick) talk both of them off?
I will say family can be the hardest, as Gene I can just nod off to.
8. Speaking of torture. What are your thoughts on reality TV. And how has it helped or hurt rock n’ roll?
Not sure of any effect on Rock but reality TV is pretty damn scripted like real sitcom or dramatic TV at least situation wise…
9. Name 3 actors to form a band with. You need a drummer, a bassist and a lead singer. No musicians, actors only. Who do you choose?
Singer =Jim Carrey
Bassist = Liam Neeson
Drummer = Robert Downey Jr
10. Math question. You head out on tour for 66 days. You change strings every 3rd gig, How many sets of strings do you use if you brought 3 dozen sets with you?
FU! I am musician not a Mensa member you freaks!
11. Finish this sentence….
When I am alone in my room I usually…watch TV or play guitar.
Vinnie Vincent would be great as a….Klingon.
In 1975 I would have never believed…I would be in KISS for 12 years.
John Corabi naked is something…for the ladies not the men to see.
The biggest turn off for me is when a woman…screams.. "Release the Kraken!!"
Right now Gene Simmons is probably….eating and making money, lots of it.
I remember when I formed UNION, I thought…I have to try to run a band without Gene and Paul. Hard to handle ALL the responsibility but happy I did.
Grand Funk Railroad is surprisingly…. An amazing classic rock band that everyone knows a song by.
If I tour more than 10 days in a row I get…Cranky and scream "Release at the Kraken!"
One time at band camp…I kicked a camper for NOT obeying me. He is wandering in a corn field now…
12. On Sept 21st 1999 we asked you the following in 20 Questions interview with you.
Metal Sludge: What rock star deserves the biggest smack in the mouth and why?
Bruce Kulick: Axl Rose for not reforming Guns and Roses!!
It’s now been nearly a dozen years and a dozen new members as well. Has your opinion of Axl, Gn’R or any of this changed? And what if any thoughts did you have on the final arrival of “Chinese Democracy”?
I never bought it. I dig Slash.
Bruce & Slash
13. Where is the strangest place you were ever recognized?
Hawaii on vacation at the breakfast buffet. Guy emailed a few days later!
14. Break Bread with the Dead: If you could bring 3 famous celebrities back from their graves to have dinner with, who would it be and why?
Marilyn Monroe. I want to hear some Kennedy dirt, Jimi Hendrix, to talk shop with, and Lou Costello. Made me laugh so much as a child.
15. On a scale of 1-10, if given the opportunity – what are the chances of you playing guitar in..
Twisted Sister = 5
Helix = 0
Slaughter = 7
The Scorpions = 6
Ratt = 5
Warrant = 5
Motley Crue = 8
Uriah Heep =4
Pretty Boy Floyd = 2
KISS = 10
16. Have you ever heard of the band Fartbarf? If so, what are your thoughts. If not, please google Fartbarf and tell us?
Help! It’s the Planet of the Apes! Not my cup of tea but interesting….
The Demon & The Bruce
17. What are your thoughts on the Feds busting into a house in a pre dawn raid with guns drawn, then taking a teenage kid into custody about a cyber hack related to KISS & Gene Simmons websites? Article is HERE
Don’t mess with The Demon!
18. Is it safe to say that Evan Stanley is already a better guitarist than his Father (Paul) as a teenager? Video: Evan jamming w/ Paul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27mK47yxCb8
Evan has chops and feel…but can he sing like Dad?
Bruce Kulick & Paul Stanley
19. How much cash money do you have in your pockets RIGHT now.. (change included)?
Sitting on the coach so none, but typically $50 or so. Modest compared to some of my friends.
20. The very last of Bruce Kulick…
The last time you played live with KISS = 1995
The last time you autographed a UNION CD = last week
The last professional sporting event you attended was = Dodgers last year
The last time you talked with Gerri Miller = Long Time! Hope she’s okay
The last time you stubbed your toe = two weeks ago
The last time Gene Simmons called or text’d you = he emails…a month ago.
The last new band you were impressed by was = Brave Citizens. Still recording debut.
The last TV show you couldn’t wait to watch = Fringe
The last time you broke a guitar string live = year ago
The last time you cried = today doing this interview!
Gene, Bruce, Eric & Paul. KISS in Europe 1992
We thank Bruce for his contributions to the Sludge data base!