Have you ever wondered what a songwriter
was thinking when they wrote a certain song? With the inside track it
will no longer be a mystery as we speak with the musicians themselves and
they give us the inside story on songs, their inspirations, the stories
behind the songs and more.
Bruce Kulick (Union)
Inside Track interview by Keavin Wiggins
Hard rock fans know the name Bruce Kulick.
He not only provided the necessary guitar leads for KISS for a dozen years,
he's played with a range of legendary musicians from Meat Loaf on the Bat
out of Hell tour to Billy Squier and even had a rock band with crooner
Michael Bolton. After KISS decided to kiss and make-up with Peter
Criss and Ace Frehley, Bruce redoubled his efforts in a variety of projects
ranging from solo albums to touring and recording with Grand Funk Railroad
and of course the band he started with John Corabi, Union, which is the
focus of this Inside Track.
Bruce is a busy guy these days but he graciously
took some time to answer our questions via email. So here is the Inside
Inside Track: Thanks for taking the
time to talk with us. While the focus of this interview is the new Union
DVD, I do want to get a little into what else you have going on at the
moment as well. So you seem to be burning the candle at both ends
right now with various projects and touring all summer with Grand Funk
Railroad, can you tell us a little bit about what you have going on?
Bruce: I love staying busy with
doing whatever I enjoy. Grand Funk is a great band and the fact that we
usually do about 40 -50 shows a year gives me opportunity for the other
projects like UNION, ESP, my solo discs and session work.
Inside Track: How did the gig with Grand
Funk Railroad come about? How different is that experience from your work
with KISS, Meat Loaf and Union?
Bruce: Don Brewer contacted me.
We met years ago when I worked with Michael Bolton. We got together and
I was excited to work with the new version of GFR. I have written
a song we play live, and the fans really like the what I have added to
Inside Track: You have a pretty distinct
style and sound but you've also stepped into situations where you have
to play parts from other musicians that had readily identifiable
sounds. How do you balance wanting to stay true to the original
with putting your own signature on those songs when you play them?
Bruce: You always play what talent
you have, no matter how much you try even to imitate. So I do what I do
and show respect to what the classic riffs were. It always works well for
me and the fans.
Inside Track: You're working on Paul
Stanley's new solo CD. Does Paul stay close to KISS sound on it or
is doing like Gene did was "a**hole" and trying to tap into some of the
"current" popular sounds?
Bruce: I have only worked on about
half of the disc, and Paul is doing some great work. Too soon to make those
Inside Track: Would there ever be any
circumstance where you would consider rejoining KISS?
Bruce: Of course, but as long as
they stay in makeup that can't happen.
Inside Track: It's been a couple years
since you released "Transformer", any plans for another solo album in the
Bruce: I have songs written, but
there has not been time. This early part of 2005 was to gain attention
to the UNION DVD and that turned into a ESP tour and now I got busy again
with GFR of course. I will start recording a new CD this year.
Inside Track: The rock world was shocked
when Dimebag was murdered. You too had a close call when you were
hit by a stray bullet on Sunset Strip. Do you think it's become
more dangerous for rock bands these days, especially if you join
an established band, when there are deranged people out there
that might have some delusional slight in their mind and they threaten
Bruce: The world is a dangerous
place and there are too many people who can get guns easily. Nuff said.
Inside Track: Now on to the DVD.
How did this project come about?
Bruce: We were filmed at our warm
shows in LA back in October 2001. I knew it might be a while until UNION
could be touring etc, so in time it was put together by a friend on mine
Jack Sawyers. I was there every step of the way, and am proud of the DVD.
Inside Track: Is there anything that
you wanted to put on the DVD that didn't make it or you are saving for
Bruce: Not really. I know some fans
may have great footage that didn't get it to us, but I think the extras
are really strong.
The Inside Track: Ok this is a bit different
since we usually do this with albums but it will work basically the same
way. We'll go track by track on the DVD and if you can give us any
background info on the song or performance. Whatever you like, a funny
story associated with the song or the inspiration. Why it was selected
for the DVD? Whatever comes to mind.
Bruce: well. This was our set..
It fit what we were doing.. Best of the two UNION studio discs. etc.
Do Your Own Thing
Strong opener... catchy tune!
Our Beatle homage
Who Do You Think
Nasty riff, nasty lyric
Old Man Wise
First song from the first UNION disc, defines
Same here... long tune that gets you going
Corabi's take on addiction... (only thing
he was ever addicted to was women btw!)
I like the Hendrix thing.. could of done
is slower that night
Great KISS track that I co-wrote and get
to really play around with at the end
Love (I Don't
Need It Anymore)
Catchy tune from the debut disc
Beatley tune.. love this one
Pain Behind Your
moody track that rocks
Power To The Music
Something from Motely Crue that John kills
I Walk Alone
My KISS vocal tune with strong riffs from
me and Mr Simmons
Man in the Moon
Something from the SCREAM done UNION style..
I get to Zep it up in the blues section
Inside Track: What kind of bonuses did
you include on the DVD?
Bruce: Tour footage, merch pix,
photo gallery that is amazing, bonus song, and a whole nother concert from
Musicians Institute in LA.
Inside Track: Where can fans get the
Inside Track: Forgive the pun but what
is the state of Union at the moment? I know John Corabi has a lot
on his plate at the moment too, but is there any chance of you guys getting
together again for another tour or album?
Bruce: We are looking at going to
Europe in November December 2005
Inside Track: Ok a few more questions
You've seen a lot in the business through the years. Do you think
things have improved overall or gotten worse? Has the Internet really
changed anything for bands?
Bruce: Internet helps in a big way.
Inside Track: What do you think the
biggest misconception that fans have about the business or being
a rock star?
Bruce: That we party all the time!
Inside Track: What have been your three
proudest moments as a musician?
Bruce: Playing Madison Square Garden,
MTV Unplugged, Forever Guitar solo!
Inside Track: Who have been your favorite
musicians to work with over the years? Who would you love to
Bruce: Would love to play with McCartney
or Sting... I have been blessed jamming and gigging with great players
all my life.
Inside Track: If you could do it all
over again, would you do anything different?
Bruce: In High School I would of
taken the offer of Stand Up Bass ... (had to go to Hebrew School! )
Inside Track: Finally, what's next for
Bruce: More of everything.. music,
you need more info on the DVD or want to purchase it, visit Bruce's official
website for that and to get the full 411 on all of his projects, see if
he's coming to your town with Grand Funk this summer and more.