Bob Kulick, the highly celebrated and much loved guitarist, has died at the age of 70.
While Kulick also forged a prolific career as a record producer, the guitarist is arguably best known for his work with Kiss, Lou Reed and Meat Loaf in a career that has been running since 1977.
“I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick,” his older brother, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick reavealed in a statement.
“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,” Bruce Kulick’s post on social media concluded.
Kulick, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1950, who took a chance in late 1972 to auditioned for the lead guitar position in the emerging and upcoming band Kiss, failed to land the spot despite supremely impressing Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss. Instead of resting on his laurels, Kulick went on to find new avenues of creativity and ended up working with Lou Reed in session for his Coney Island Baby record.
With more weight behind his skills, Kulick followed this up with a long-running stint in the Neverland Express, Meat Loaf’s touring band, by working on a series of different Meat Loaf records. Completing the circle in career, Kulick eventually ended up collaborating with Kiss in the years that followed his audition, playing a role in no fewer than four of their hugely successful albums.
Kulic’s career is wide-ranging, after producing Motörhead’s sing ‘Whiplash’—an effort which later went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance—he also collaborated with the hugely successful children’s television show SpongeBob SquarePants on a series of different shows.
“RIP Bob Kulick. Condolences to Bruce Kulick and their entire family,” famed DJ Eddie Trunk said. “Bob played an important part in the history of Kiss and many others. Sad news.”
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