Bruce Kulick celebrates dead brother with new video tribute
Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick has released a new tribute video to his brother, Bob Kulick, on the first anniversary of his death.
Bob was a producer, songwriter and guitarist who has worked with a variety of artists and bands over the years including Kiss, Diana Ross, Motorhead, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed and WASP.He passed away on May 28, 2020 , at the age of 70. heart disease.
Bruce Kulick and his wife, Lisa, have spent the past month working on the new tribute, which was completed earlier this week. They saw it as an opportunity to honor Bob’s legacy of work and expose fans to some lesser-known corners of his long career.
“I have a feeling that anyone who only knew him in one or two dimensions, like just Meat Loaf and Kiss, or whatever they knew about him, they will really be open-minded about diversity and success. his career really was, ”Kulick tells UCR. “So I see it as a very nice tribute to his success as a musician.”
Kulick had access to a wealth of photographs – many of which he had never even seen before – as well as rare videos, audio and memorabilia. The video covers a lot of ground, spanning more than five decades. “It’s been a lot of years,” notes Kulick. “He has had a long career.”
You can watch the “Forever Larger Than Life 1950-2020” video below.
Included in the video is Bob Kulick’s stint with Alice Cooper in the spring of 1977 during the Australian stage of the Welcome to my nightmare to visit. “A lot of people didn’t know he toured with Alice Cooper, and that was a big deal,” Kulick says of his brother. “And then to have Bob Kulick’s handwritten set list with the notes and some chords on some songs, it was just fascinating to find all that stuff and put it on.
There are also photos and audio from some of Bob Kulick’s early bands, as well as a moment the brothers got stuck together. “With some of the early bands like the Jacks, okay, these photos of him, his hair looks terrible, but they’re really good color photos of the band, with him playing that red SG,” notes Kulick. “I had never seen them before. And the fact that I have music from that era of these bands, Steeplechase and the Jacks, that I could include in the stuff, it was exciting.
Kulick says there was no shortage of materials to work on, but the project itself presented a number of challenges. “Bob was really good at keeping a lot of things, but unfortunately a lot of his own personal notes on things were really all over the place,” he explains. “With a guy who played with so many artists, it was really hard to do it chronologically and do it with extreme precision. We did our best in the time frame, knowing we had a deadline. “
In the closing moments of the video, there’s a subtle musical nod to one of Bob Kulick’s most underrated contributions, Bruce says. “Balance was the band in 1980 that I really felt Bob had composed in a great combination of power-pop, rock and R&B,” he says. “That was it, and they really didn’t take off. They had a Top 40 single with ‘Breaking Away,’ but it just didn’t take off for him. I felt really bad for my brother. , because I felt like, wouldn’t it be great, if they could be really popular and tour? I know that would mean the world to Bob.
“The World I Used to Know,” a new song from Libra, plays on the final stages and the closing credits. Bob Kulick was scheduled to play guitar on the track, which was recently completed with Bruce playing the roles of his late brother.
Ultimately, the experience of working on the video tribute was a healing one, Kulick says. “I was a wreck the month after Bob died, I was in such emotional and physical pain,” he notes. “I had a combination of that, and it was very, very difficult for me, and it was in the middle of the pandemic and everything. It was a really horrible time for me.
“Now a year has passed, now I can [share] a really loving tribute and having a really bright light with him and his final resting place being in such a beautiful place, ”Kulick says, adding that there is information in the video about how fans are offering their own tributes . “What he left is really a lot, his contributions to all these bands and all these performances, it’s going to continue. And I think that’s something he strove to be recognized for.