Robert J. Kulick (born January 16, 1950) is an American guitarist and Grammy Award-winning record producer, best known for his studio work with Kiss, and for his tenure in W.A.S.P. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is the older brother of former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, whom he suggested Kiss hire.
Early career and Kiss
At a very young age, Bob Kulick once gave a young Jimi Hendrix a spare guitar string when he broke his during an audition in New York City. Kulick took a chance in 1973 and auditioned for the lead guitar spot in a then-new band called Kiss. The band, with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, were very impressed by his performance, but it was the glitzier Ace Frehley (who auditioned immediately after him) who was chosen to fill the spot. He later played (uncredited) on four Kiss albums: Alive II (three of the five studio tracks), Unmasked (played Lead Guitar on Naked City), Killers (all four new studio tracks), and some minimal work on Creatures of the Night. He also played on Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album and on his 1989 solo tour.
Early in his session career, Bob Kulick played lead guitar for Lou Reed on his Coney Island Baby record. Kulick followed this up with a long-running stint in the Neverland Express, Meat Loaf's touring band, on and off for years, which led to appearances on several Meat Loaf albums, most notably on 1984's Bad Attitude. He also formed a band called Balance, with Peppy Castro (formerly of the Blues Magoos) and Doug Katsaros (multi-platinum recording arranger and Broadway conductor), which had modest chart success in the early 1980s, followed up by playing rhythm and lead guitar on Michael Bolton's 1983 self-titled album.
Bob was involved with a project called Skull, releasing one album, No Bones About It, in 1991. Bruce Kulick, his brother, who would become a member of KISS, co-wrote one song and appeared as a guest guitarist on another track. In addition, Kulick played on the W.A.S.P. albums The Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough. He was only involved with the studio work and never toured with W.A.S.P. or became a member of the band. In 1996 he released Murderer's Row with his band of the same name. This group included David Glen Eisley (of Giuffria and Dirty White Boy) on vocals.
Since then, Kulick has served in various side projects such as Blackthorne and Observation Balloon. He also produced Motörhead's "Whiplash" (winner of the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance), produced and played guitar on the theme for WWE wrestler Triple H, and has earned 11 platinum or gold records working with Kiss and Diana Ross. Kulick also composed, produced and performed "Sweet Victory" with singer David Glen Eisley and Eric Singer of KISS in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Band Geeks" on Nickelodeon. The song further appears on SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Album.
In 1983 Kulick began a long-term relationship with actress Stella Stevens; through at least 1990, they shared Stevens' Beverly Hills home.
Random Blues Band
- Winchester Cathedral (1966)
- Good Times A' Comin' (1972) ^Bob only plays on "Sweet Sweet Funky Music."
- Southpaw (1974)
- Recorded Live (1976)
- Kiss The World Goodbye (1978)
- Coney Island Baby (1975)
- Alive II (1977)
- Unmasked (1980)
- Killers (1982)
- Creatures of the Night (1982) ^Outtakes only. None of his work appeared on the album.
- Paul Stanley (1978)
- Balance (1981)
- In For the Count (1982)
- Equilibrium (2009)
- Live at My Father's Place (1977) (promo only release)
- Live at the "Bottom Line" in N.Y.C. (1977) (promo only release)
- Live at the El Mocambo, January 18, 1978 (1978) (promo only release)
- Bad Attitude (1984)
- Bad Attitude Live (1985) (VHS)
- Live (at Wembley) (1987)
- Bat Out of Hell: The Original Tour (2009) (DVD; televised appearance on Rockpalast, 1978)
- Michael Bolton (1983)
- The Crimson Idol (1992)
- Still Not Black Enough (1995)
- No Bones About It (1991)
- Afterlife (1993)
- Murderer's Row (1996)
- Calling the Wild (2000)
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- Play My Game (2010)
Bob Kulick has produced or co-produced, with partners Bruce Bouillet, Billy Sherwood, and currently Brett Chassen, multiple tribute and original concept albums, including:
- Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute (2001)
- One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith (2002)
- Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to KISS (2004)
- Welcome to the Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Alice Cooper (2005)
- An All-Star Tribute to Cher (2005)
- An All-Star Tribute to Shania Twain (2005)
- Numbers from the Beast: An All-Star Tribute to Iron Maiden (2005)
- Butchering the Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute (2006)
- We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year (2008, a heavy metal Christmas album created in association with Black Ion Music, a company co-owned by Kulick and renowned talent manager Wendy Dio) — featuring a who's who of rock and roll royalty including Bruce Kulick, Ronnie James Dio, Alice Cooper, Tommy Shaw, Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Grohl, Vinny Appice, Chuck Billy, Billy F. Gibbons
- Sin-Atra (2011) An All Star metal tribute to Frank Sinatra