Top 5 Unbelievable Stories About Bob Kulick
On May 28, 2020, it was announced through social media by a former member of KISS, Bruce Kulick that his older brother, Bob, had passed away at the age of 70. Bob Kulick was an amazing guitarist and left behind a lot of great music and wild stories that came with the work he laid down for decades. Join us as we honor his guitar skills and the wild stories that followed him with these Top 5 Bob Kulick Stories.
Bob Kulick nearly joined Michael Bolton’s band
Back when Bob Kulick was starting off in the music business in the early 70’s, Bob and his brother Bruce were working in the New York area. They got in contact with a singer who was trying to cut an album of his own. The brothers accepted the job and it turned out the work they did was pretty good. The singer made the offer to start a band of their own. Bruce went for it while Bob turned the idea down. The band they were given the offer to join would eventually morph into Blackjack and the singer that fronted Blackjack was Michael Bolton. Blackjack was given a lot of credit and expected to make it big in the late 70s but Bolton ended up making it even bigger on his own.
Bob Kulick tried out for KISS
Bob first got to know Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley when he tried out to be a guitar player when the band was first being formed in the early ’70s. It is said that Bob was talking with Paul and Gene and put on an amazing tryout when someone else walked in, plugged in his guitar, and started playing. The guy who interrupted the audition turned out to be Ace Frehley. However, Bob had rocked so hard himself that Paul Stanley kept in contact with him for many years afterward. Ace stayed with the band until 1981.
Bob was asked to join KISS
In 1981, Ace was losing his patience with KISS. One of the things pointing him away was the firing of Peter Criss and his replacement Eric Carr not having any voting power for the direction of the band. Ace felt outnumbered now with Criss gone and was frustrated about not having his opinions mean anything. Gene and Paul almost always voted together on decisions. After trying to keep things together for a few months, Ace eventually left the band completely. KISS was looking for a new guitarist and the quickest decision they could think of was get Bob into the band officially. The thing was, Bob had shaved his head at that point and has said that his trying on the facepaint at that point would have made him look like Meng the Merciless of the Flash Gordon movies. With Bob out of the running, they went with Vinnie Vincent who put on the face paint and took the role of the Egyptian warrior.
Music fit for a King
In the year 2000, the WWF wanted to take Triple H and transform him from the rebel and anti-authority leader of the Degeneration X and turn him into the main guy for Vince McMahon. One of the things they did was give him a new theme song. They went to Bob and he put together “The Game” a song that became the theme song to Vince MacMahon’s real son in law, “The Game” Triple H. Bob not only played the mean guitar on the track but he produced the song itself. The song is still played for Triple H today and has become a part of pro wrestling history.
Back in the 80’s, Bob got together with David Glen Eisley and eventual KISS drummer Eric Singer and recorded some music that was included in a collection of songs that was offered royalty-free. One group of people who ended up using the song were those behind Spongebob Squarepants for Nickelodeon and included it in the episode “Band Geeks” that debuted in 2001. There was a big petition to have the song played during the Halftime show at Superbowl LIII in memory of Stephan Hillenburg who had passed away in November a few months before the game. While the song didn’t get played during the game itself, Mercedes-Benz stadium played the song after the game and broadcasted it on social media.