Guitarist Bob Kulick, who recorded and toured with artists such as Kiss, Meat Loaf and Lou Reed, has reportedly died at the age of 70.
His brother Bruce Kulick, who played with Kiss, revealed the news on Facebook.
“I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick,” Bruce wrote. “His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. I know he is at peace now, with my parents, playing his guitar as loud as possible. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this very sad time.”
In 1972, Kulick auditioned for a then-unknown Kiss, but was beaten out for the job by the man who played right after him: Ace Frehley. He then became a studio musician, performing lead guitar on Lou Reed’s 1976 album “Coney Island Baby.” He also toured and recorded with Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton, W.A.S.P. and Diana Ross.
In 1977, with Frehley unable or unwilling to participate, Kulick was secretly recruited to perform on the new studio tracks included on Kiss’ “Alive II.” He went on to earn recording and songwriting credits on four more Kiss albums: “Unmasked,” “Killers,” “Creatures of the Night” and Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo LP. Kulick’s younger brother Bruce joined Kiss in 1984, and remained their lead guitarist for a decade, until Frehley returned for an original lineup reunion tour in 1996. History goes that Bruce knew that Kiss were looking for a guitarist to replace Mark St John and he had a feeling that Paul Stanley would ask his bother Bob to get in the fold. When Paul called the Kulick’s home Bruce answered and asked if Paul wanted to talk to his brother about the band. Paul answered politely “No, no, it’s you that I want in the band.”
In 2017, the Kulick brothers performed a full set of Kiss music live together for the first time on the band’s annual Kiss Kruise. “It meant a lot to both my brother and I, the fact that we pulled it off so well and that it was so well received,” Bruce told UCR afterward. “It’s a good feeling. The love from the Kiss fans – it’s been a huge shot in the arm for my brother both professionally and emotionally.”
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Thanks to Ultimate Classic Rock for the posting.