GUITAR LEGEND BRUCE KULICK
Change. It happens and the only thing that won’t change is change itself! Right? Well as a KISS fan just about all my life – when the 80′s came around and KISS continued to push through and regain it’s footing, Bruce Kulick joined my favorite band in 2004 and proceeded to provide part of the continued ‘spark’ which defined the KISS legacy for 14 years. That’s right… 14 years. Longer than Ace was originally in the band for. 14 years. BK is a hard rock legend. And not just for his KISS music. But for his entire body of work which includes his Pre-KISS work and his Post-KISS work with Union and his solo pojects as well as his current gig with Grand Funk.
Bruce became a huge fan favorite. And Bruce immediately became the finest guitar player to ever play in KISS. His ‘chops’ always on – and his delivery was ALL KISS! When Paul and Gene teamed up with Peter and Ace in 1996 for the Reunion Tour, Bruce was basically a man without a band. He kicked in with a new project called Union for a few years and also lit up his solo career. And when Union disbanded, Bruce became the guitarist for Rock legends Grand Funk Railroad. A gig which he still does to this day.
My first interaction with BK was back in 2001. After 9/11, one of Bruce’s friends was running a charity auction. One of the items Bruce donated was an old gumball machine which once belonged to Paul Stanley back when Paul was young. Bruce was given that item along with some of Paul’s other things during one of Paul’s moves. Anyway – I had a question on the item and when I emailed the address on the charity – I got an email from Bruce! Pretty damn exciting! From there we have grown our friendship and I’ve had the opportunity to market some of Bruce’s guitars for him as well as acquire a few others for my personal collection.
Over the years, I’ve had toe opportunity to present Bruce with a couple of very cool guitars. Once in Dallas in 2005, we got BK the very FIRST Washburn Pilsen guitar ever out of the custom shop. And later in the summer of 2006, while Bruce was at a Pittsburgh stop with Grand Funk, I was able to present Bruce with Washburn Custom Import X-Series Super-Strat guitar which was part of a limited run of 50 we did with Washburn.
Over the years BK has truly been a great friend to BSG. Although he is endorsed by ESP guitars, he still had not let that fact interfere with our relationship. In a world of celebrities who don’t deserve half the attention or credit bestowed on them, Bruce is one of the exceptions. He is classy guy who is humble, down to earth and very genuine. We continue to salute BK and all his projects. As a matter of fact, Bruce was kind enough to lend his solo material to many of the Boogie Street promotional videos we have done over the years. What an honor it has been for us!
No matter what project or band Bruce has in his future, he will always be a very special friend to Boogie Street. And we look forward to seeing him on the road, at various NAMM shows, guitars shows and any other chance we get!
Visit Bruce at www.Kulick.net