Kiss and W.A.S.P. collaborator, Meat Loaf guitarist Bob Kulick (1950-2020) remembered with Balance and Skull from Blackthorne to Murderer’s Row.
While lately estranged from his brother, the former Kiss guitarist (1984–1996) Bruce Kulick confirmed the death of his older brother on May 29, stating “I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. 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.” The cause of death has not been revealed.
Guitarist and producer Robert J. Kulick was born in Brooklyn, New York City, on January 16, 1950, nearly four years before his brother and sometime bandmate Bruce Howard Kulick (born 12 December 1953). At 16, Bob Kulick was guitarist in The Random Blues Band that would sometimes be opening for Jimmy James and the Blue Flames at Cafe Wha?, the legendary club on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. Jimmy James and the Blue Flames were fronted by Jimi Hendrix (having previously performed as a backing musician, with the Isley Brothers and in Little Richard’s touring band, the Upsetters) and also featured future Spirit guitarist Randy California. It was their 1966 residency there that caught the attention of The Animals’ bass player Chas Chandler, who would go on to bring Hendrix to England and help make him a superstar.
Either way, The Random Blues Band released one single in 1966, “Winchester Cathedral”. First released the same year by the British group The New Vaudeville Band, “Winchester Cathedral” was also released as an EP with two other songs, “I Can’t Keep From Crying” and “The Random Blues”.
As such, Kulick started his career around the same time as The Blues Magoos, the New York City rock band who released their debut album “Psychedelic Lollipop” in 1966. While one of the first records to have the word “psychedelic” on the sleeve, Roky Erickson and his Texas friends beat them to it by one month with “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators”. The Blues Magoos were fronted by Emil Thielhelm, a.k.a. “Peppy” Castro, with whom Kulick would later form Balance.
Late 1972, Bob Kulick auditioned for the lead guitar spot in Kiss, a new band featuring Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Wicked Lester and drummer Peter Criss (ex-Lips, Chelsea). While impressed by Kulick’s performance, he lost out to “Ace” (Paul Daniel Frehley) who auditioned immediately after him. Five years later, in 1977, Bob Kulick got to perform lead guitar on three of the new studio tracks for the Kiss live album “Alive II.” Bob Kulick can be heard on “All American Man” (written by Paul Stanley and Sean Delaney, the road manager credited with developing Kiss’ onstage choreography), “Larger Than Life” and “Rockin’ in the U.S.A”, both by Gene Simmons.
Apparently satisfied with the result, Paul Stanley went on to use Bob Kulick as guitarist on his 1978 solo album. “Paul Stanley” also featured Kulick’s future bandmate Peppy Castro (who after 5 albums with Blues Magoos had formed the band Barnaby Bye and released two albums in 1972-73) on backing vocals on “Ain’t Quite Right” and “Hold Me, Touch Me (Think of Me When We’re Apart)”. Kiss would continue to use their services, but now we’re getting way ahead of ourselves.
Having failed to join Kiss, Kulick sang and played guitar on “Sweet Sweet Funky Music”, the opening track of the 1972 album “Good Times A’ Comin'” by the British rock band Hookfoot.
Kulick then started playing with Michael Wendroff, formerly of the band Sly Boots that had made “Notes On A Journey” back in 1969. Kulick plays on Wendroff’s second solo album, “Southpaw” (1974), “Recorded Live” (1976) and his final studio album, 1978’s “Kiss The World Goodbye”. The latter features both Bob and Bruce Kulick on the track “Have A Party, Give A Party, Be A Party”.
During these years, Bob Kulick also found the time to work as a studio musician (along with Michael Wendroff) on “Coney Island Baby”, the 1975 follow-up to “Metal Machine Music” by the former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. 1976 then saw the release of “Take Me To Baltimore”, the third and final solo album by the English soul singer Ruth Copeland, known for her collaborations with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. “Take Me To Baltimore” was co-produced by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and featured Bob Kulick sharing guitar duties with Dick Wagner (ex-The Frost, Ursa Major), also known for working with both Kiss and Lou Reed.
In 1973, Dick Wagner was recruited by producer Bob Ezrin for Lou Reed’s band along with guitarist Steve Hunter, formerly of Mitch Ryder’s Detroit. It was during Wagner’s days with The Frost that he first met Alice Cooper. Producer Bob Ezrin brought both Wagner and Hunter into the studio to play guitar on the early Alice Cooper albums. Wagner had already been featured on the “School’s Out” album and continued to play lead guitar (sometimes uncredited) on every Alice Cooper Group album that followed. When the members of the original group parted ways in 1974, Wagner became Cooper’s principal co-writer, lead guitarist and band director. Together they wrote the concept album “Welcome to My Nightmare”, produced by Bob Ezrin and released in 1975. Steve “The Deacon” Hunter and Dick Wagner can also be heard on Aerosmith’s “Get Your Wings” (the guitar solos on “Train Kept A-Rollin'”) and Peter Gabriel’s first solo album. Peter Gabriel’s band, of course, features Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Stick Men, etc.) who had previously played with Wagner, Hunter and Ezrin on both “Welcome to My Nightmare” and Lou Reed’s “Berlin”.
Lou Reed produced and played on “Wild Angel”, the 1976 solo debut by Nelson Slater. Bob Kulick played guitar on the album, as did he on the self-titled 1977 solo debut by Mark Farner, singer/guitarist of the newly disbanded Grand Funk Railroad. “Mark Farner” was produced by Dick Wagner who had played with Farner in the garage rock band The Bossmen back in 1964-67. Further sessions followed for the band Pepper (also a self-titled album on RCA in 1977), with Kulick providing slide guitar on the tracks “Sunshine Hotel” and “Playin’ The Fool”.
Meanwhile, Marvin Lee Aday – better known as Meat Loaf – had been trying to make a name for himself on the musical circuit. A duet album called “Stoney & Meatloaf” had been released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary label Rare Earth but a more notable release was Ted Nugent’s album “Free-for-All” from 1976. With regular Nugent lead vocalist Derek St. Holmes temporarily out of the band, Meat Loaf got to sing lead on five of the album’s nine tracks.
Then, in October 1977, his solo debut “Bat Out of Hell” was finally released, produced by Todd Rundgren and featuring Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman had started working on “Bat Out of Hell” back in 1972 and now it paid off. “Bat Out of Hell” became one of the best-selling albums of all time, with more than 43 million copies worldwide. While neither played on the album recordings, the Kulick brothers were both asked to join Meat Loaf’s backing band The Neverland Express (named so because of Steinman’s love of Peter Pan) to tour in support of “Bat Out of Hell”. Bob Kulick played lead guitars and Bruce Kulick additional guitars on Meat Loaf’s tour of 1977-78. In the tour introductions, Meat Loaf introduced Bruce and Bob as ‘Pretty Boy’ and ‘Killer’ respectively. Bob Kulick would later re-join The Neverland Express in 1983 and remain with them until 1988.
Having come off the “Bat Out of Hell” tour, Bruce and Bob Kulick did a club show backing up Michael Bolotin, who’d by then released two solo albums. Afterwards both Kulick brothers were invited to join Bolotin (i.e. Michael Bolton) in a proper band, Blackjack, but only Bruce accepted. Their debut album still featured two songs co-written by Robert (i.e. Bob) Kulick together with Bolton and Bruce Kulick: album opener “Love Me Tonight” and “The Night Has Me Calling for You”. Blackjack released two albums before disbandning, “Blackjack” (1979) and “Worlds Apart” (1980).
Bob Kulick meanwhile continued to do studio sessions, appearing on albums by Richard T. Bear (“Bear”, 1979, the track “American Dream”), Janis Ian (“Night Rains”, 1979, guitar solo on “Memories”) and Tim Curry (“Fearless”, 1979, guitar solo on Joni Mitchell’s “Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire”), the latter album produced by and featuring songs written by Dick Wagner.
Tim Curry had previously starred along with Meat Loaf in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Curry’s third and final album, “Simplicity” (1981) also featured one song co-written by Bob Kulick, “Working On My Tan”, sounding somewhat like the pop reggae of The Police. Bob Kulick can also be heard on the 1979 Richard T. Bear live album “Captured Alive”.
The 1980 Kiss album “Unmasked” featured “Naked City”, a song co-written by Bob Kulick and Pepe Castro along with Gene Simmons and producer Vini Poncia, Ringo Starr’s post-Beatles songwriting partner. In 1978, Poncia produced Peter Criss’ 1978 solo album. At Criss’s prompting, Poncia was first brought in to produce Kiss’s 1979 album “Dynasty”. He also co-wrote “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”.
Bob Kulick then went on to form Balance with Peppy Castro (a.k.a. Emil “Peppy” Thielhelm, formerly of the Blues Magoos) and Doug Katsaros, a multi-platinum recording arranger and Broadway conductor. The trio recorded their self-titled debut album with session musicians. Released in 1981, it featured the minor hit “Breaking Away”. While never a proflific songwriter, Bob Kulick was co-credited for the songs “I’m Through Loving You” (w/ Peppy Castro), “American Dream” (w/ Barry Levine, Doug Katsaros, Castro) and “It’s So Strange” (w/ Andy Newmark, Katsaros, Castro)
Prior to recording their follow-up album, Balance added the rhythm section of drummer Chuck Burgi (ex-Brand X) and bassist Dennis Feldman (ex-Speedway Blvd.) to the lineup. Their sophomore album, “In For The Count” (1982) was recorded with (Jon Bon Jovi’s cousin) Tony Bongiovi co-producing. Kulick was co-credited for more songs this time around, all except Castro’s “Slow Motion”, “On My Honor” and “Bedroom Eyes”. While excellent, the album sadly failed to sell.
Balance experienced one last hurrah when they were asked to write a song for a major Japanese commercial to launch the new Daihatsu Charade. The resulting song was “Ride the Wave”, released as a single with the album leftover “She’s Alone Tonight” on the B-side. Balance played a short tour of Japan before calling it quits due to lack of interest from their label and management company.
Castro, Katsaros, Burgi and Feldman (along with Bob Kulick’s younger brother, Bruce) reunited briefly when they appeared on Michael Bolton’s excellent 1985 AOR album, “Everybody’s Crazy”. Bob Kulick had also played rhythm guitar on most of the tracks on “Michael Bolton”, the 1983 release that was the first time that Bolton recorded under his stage name. Bruce Kulick also played on two of those tracks, “She Did the Same Thing” and “Can’t Hold On, Can’t Let Go”.
As mentioned, Bob Kulick had played on Paul Stanley’s solo debut and on three “Alive II” tracks. In 1982 he was once again asked to pitch in with Kiss. Four new songs were recorded specifically for the Kiss compilation album “Killers”: “I’m a Legend Tonight” (Paul Stanley, Adam Mitchell), “Down on Your Knees” (Stanley, Mikel Japp, Bryan Adams), “Nowhere to Run” (Stanley) and “Partners in Crime” (Stanley, Adam Mitchell). Lead guitarist and co-founder Ace Frehley did not participate at all in the production of “Killers”. He had essentially ended his active involvement with Kiss in late 1981, although he would not officially leave the group until after the release of “Creatures of the Night”, at the end of 1982. Again, his replacement for the “Killers” sessions was Bob Kulick.
Frehley would be replaced Vinnie Vincent (1982–1984) and Mark St. John (1984) before Bob’s brother Bruce Kulick became the member with the longest continuous tenure in Kiss (1984–1996) aside from Simmons and Stanley. Kulick (and St. John) never wore the band’s iconic makeup, however.
Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz in 1949) had begun a two-year live-in relationship with Cher in 1978. Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian in 1946) had come to prominence in 1965 with the chart topping song “I Got You Babe” by the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher. In 1975, four days after finalizing her divorce from Sonny Bono, Cher married Gregg Allman. She filed for divorce only nine days later, because of his drug problems, but they still stuck together for the years when The Allman Brothers Band were first disbanded. 1977 saw the release of “Two the Hard Way”, a duet album that Cher and her husband recorded as “Allman and Woman”. Their relationship ended following the release of the album and their divorce was finalized in 1979. Either way, Cher’s relationship with Gene Simmons also came to an end when he fell in love with Diana Ross, formerly lead singer of The Supremes. Ross dated Gene Simmons from 1980 to 1983. Simmons began dating Canadian former Playboy Playmate and actress Shannon Lee Tweed in 1983 and the two finally wed in 2011.
Either way, it was during the years when Gene Simmons lived with Diana Ross that Bob Kulick contributed to three of her albums. Kulick features on the Diana Ross albums “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (1981, guitar on “Mirror Mirror” and the title track), “Silk Electric” (1982, on “Still in Love”, “Fool for Your Love”, “Love Lies” and “I Am Me”) and “Ross” (1983 and the song “Girls”).
Kulick also plays guitar on “Blame It On Love” (1982), the third and final album by Ohio teen sensation Rachel Sweet. She’d been 15 when she recorded the hit single “B-A-B-Y” and the English power pop band The Records backed her on the Stiff Records tour in 1978.
The AOR band SPYS was formed in New York City in 1981 by former Foreigner members Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi. Their second and final album, “Behind Enemy Lines” (1983), featured additional guitars by Bob Kulick.
As mentioned, having failed to find commercial success with Balance, Bob Kulick re-joined The Neverland Express in 1983 and remained with Meat Loaf until 1988. Kulick plays on Meat Loaf’s fourth studio album, 1984’s “Bad Attitude”, and he can also be heard on some officially released live recordings, such as “Meat Loaf Live” (1987) and the 2009 DVD release “Bat Out Of Hell (The Original Tour)”.
“Bad Attitude” included two songs written by Jim Steinman (“Nowhere Fast” and “Surf’s Up”) and a duet with Roger Daltrey of The Who (the title track) but the the most successful single was “Modern Girl”, written by pianist Paul Jacobs and his wife Sarah Durkee.
Drive, She Said was an American rock band formed by Al Fritsch and Mark Mangold in 1986. Their self-titled debut album from 1989 included guest appearances by Bob Kulick and Aldo Nova. Mark Mangold had previously been a member of American Tears (1974-77) and Touch (1978-82) in addition to working as a songwriter for Michael Bolton. Mangold co-wrote and performed on Bolton’s first solo hit, “Fool’s Game.” The song was included on his self-titled 1983 solo album, featuring the Kulick brothers, Aldo Nova and the Balance band members Doug Katsaros and Chuck Burgi. Kulick can be heard playing guitar on the Drive, She Said track “I Close My Eyes”.
The compilation album “Road To Paradise” (1998) opens with another Drive, She Said track featuring Bob Kulick, “Look At What You Got”. Kulick also played on two tracks (“Standin’ In The Line Of Fire” and “Never Say Never”) on the sole album by Mystic Healer (“Mystic Healer”, 1998), an album by Mark Mangold that also featured Bruce Kulick, Peppy Castro, Michael Bolton and Aldo Nova.
Paul Stanley embarked on a brief club tour in 1989. His touring band included Bob Kulick and future Kiss drummer Eric Singer but also former Balance bassist Dennis Feldman. Now known as Dennis St James, the latter would become vocalist in Kulick’s next band.
Seeming content with doing sessions and working as a backing musician, it wasn’t until 1991 that Bob Kulick released another album, “No Bones About It”, with a band of his own. Following Balance and The Random Blues Band, Skull was Kulick’s next short-lived band. Skull featured vocalist Dennis [Feldman] St. James, drummer Bobby Rock (ex-Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Nitro, Nelson) and bass player Kjell Benner.
Bob Kulick was co-credited as composer for the majority of the tracks: “Loser’s Game” (w/ brother Bruce Kulick and Mitchell), “Livin’On The Edge” (w/ J.Tiven/ Johnstad), “Head Over Heels” (w/ Brown), “Eyes Of A Stranger” (w/ St.James), “Breaking The Chains” (w/ St.James/ Benner/ Burgi), “I Like My Music Loud” (w/ St.James/ Merrill/ J.Tiven/ S.Tiven) and “Little Black Book” (w/ St.James/ Seigler). Bruce Kulick played additional guitar on “Guitar Commandos” (composed by Bob Kulick and Seigler) and former Balance drummer Chuck Burgi featured on three other tracks.
Cherry Red Records released an Expanded Edition of “No Bones About It” in 2018. That 35 track, 2 disc set also features an alternative, earlier recording of the full album, and is completed by 15 previously unreleased, early demos from the band’s recorded history.
2018 also saw the eventual archival release “Skull II: Now More than Ever”. This 37 track, 2CD set represents a “what could have been” second Skull album. It includes 14 previously unreleased original studio tracks making up an entire “lost” album’s worth of Skull material, plus an abundance of demos dating back to the earliest stages of the band’s recording history.
Bruce Kulick was co-credited as songwriter for “Now More Than Ever” and “All Night Long” (both with brother Bob Kulick and Adam Mitchell) while Bob Kulick himself is also co-credited for “Cave Of The Heart” (with Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child!), “I Walk These Streets” (w/ K.L.McGinnigle), “Troubleshooter” (w/ J.Tiven/ S.Tiven), “The Heart Is Lonely Hunter” (w/ St.James/ Seigler), “Heart Of Stone”, “At The End Of The Line” and “Eyes Of Fire”, the latter three written with Dennis St.James. The album also includes a cover of “Streetfight” off that 1977 Mark Farner solo album that featured Kulick. The line-up for these recordings were also Bob Kulick (guitars), Dennis St. James (lead vocals), Kjell Benner (bass), Bobby Rock (drums) and Churk Burgi (drums).
While never an official band member, Bob Kulick next played on the W.A.S.P. albums “The Crimson Idol” (1992) and “Still Not Black Enough” (1995). The rock opera “The Crimson Idol” was written and mostly recorded by bandleader Blackie Lawless himself, with Kulick and Doug Aldrich (uncredited lead guitar on “Arena of Pleasure”) providing guitars while Frankie Banali (soon with Kulick in Blackthorne) and Stet Howland played drums.
Kulick’s own band Skull had played melodic hard rock very much in the vein of Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow during the years with Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet. In between the two W.A.S.P. albums, Kulick next teamed up with vocalist Graham Bonnet (who after Rainbow had sung for The Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri and Forcefield) in the band Blackthorne. The group released the album “Afterlife” in 1993, featuring a cover of the Rainbow classic “All Night Long”.
The other members of Blackthorne were W.A.S.P. drummer Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Jimmy Waldo (ex-New England, Alcatrazz) on keyboards and bass player Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Giuffria, House of Lords). Banali and Wright had previously played together in Quiet Riot, Bonnet and Waldo had been in Alcatrazz together while Wright and Bonnet had both performed on “Stand in Line” (1988), the first studio album by Impellitteri. Bob Kulick produced the “Afterlife” album and was co-credited as composer for all original material. Bruce Kulick provided additional guitar on “Over and Over”, a song written by the Kulick brothers and S. Plunkett. Bruce Kulick was also listed as co-composer of “We Won’t Be Forgotten” with his brother and P. Taylor.
Featuring recordings from 1992-94, 2016 saw the release of “Don’t | Kill | The | Thrill”, a 2CD with 11 “new” tracks (a second studio album that never was), interviews and live recordings.
1993, the same year as “Afterlife”, also saw the release of “Hot Paint”, the first of two albums by AOR artist Edde Maxx. Bob Kulick provided “more guitars” along with Bob Melanson.
As mentioned, Bob Kulick also played on the 1995 W.A.S.P. album “Still Not Black Enough”. It was originally slated for release as a Blackie Lawless solo album, as had also been the case for “The Crimson Idol”. “Still Not Black Enough” bears a strong resemblance with the lyrical themes of “The Crimson Idol”. However, instead of telling the story of the fictional character Jonathan Steele, this album is mostly a collection of personal songs from Blackie Lawless. The album was available in two different versions which also contained various cover songs: Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down”, “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane and AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie”.
W.A.S.P. had effectively disbanded a few months after guitarist Chris Holmes (1982–1990), Lita Ford’s husband, had left the band. Founding W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Randy Piper had already left in 1986 and Kulick’s collaboration with Lawless ended when Chris Holmes returned to W.A.S.P. in 1996. Blackthorne drummer Frankie Banali didn’t play on the following three albums either but was welcomed back to W.A.S.P. for “Dying for the World” (2002), once Chris Holmes again left the band.
Following the W.A.S.P. albums, Bob Kulick formed the short-lived band Murderer’s Row with two other Blackthorne members, Jimmy Waldo and Chuck Wright. Drummer Jay Schellen had previously played with Hurricane, Unruly Child and World Trade while the band’s frontman was David Glen Eisley who had previously sung lead vocals for the bands Sorcery (1980-1983), Giuffria (1983-1988) and Dirty White Boy (1988-1991). Eisley had also appeared on recordings by Jimmy Barnes, Loudness, House of Lords (where Chuck Wright was a member) and on Michael Bolton’s 1987 album “The Hunger”, an album also featuring Bruce Kulick on guitars.
Murderer’s Row released a self-titled album in 1996. It was reissued in 2018 as a 2CD deluxe edition with 10 bonus tracks. Bob Kulick was co-credited as composer of the music for all tracks.
Aside from a late re-union album with Balance, Murderer’s Row was the last proper band that Kulick recorded with. For the remainder of his life, he mainly worked as a producer and session musician. Bob Kulick produced or co-produced (with partners Bruce Bouillet, Brett Chassen and Billy Sherwood, of World Trade, Circa, Asia and Yes fame) multiple tribute albums. Kulick was involved in tribute albums for Aerosmith, Queen, Kiss, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden.
Less expected were perhaps tribute albums for Cher, Shania Twain, Prince, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and “Sin-Atra”, an All Star metal tribute to Frank Sinatra that featured Doug Katsaros of Balance on keyboards and orchestration. Kulick was also responsible for “We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year”, a 2008 heavy metal Christmas album featuring Bruce Kulick, Jeff Scott Soto, Ronnie James Dio, Alice Cooper, Tommy Shaw, Dave Grohl, Vinny Appice, Chuck Billy, Billy Gibbons, Tony Iommi, Geoff Tate, Dug Pinnick, George Lynch, Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse, Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Craig Goldy, Tony Franklin, Stephen Pearcy, Tracii Guns, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Lukather, Michael Schenker, Girlschool, and others.
Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead, ex-Hawkwind), Doro Pesch (ex-Warlock) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Winter’s Bane, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen) also featured on the mentioned Christmas album. Bob Kulick produced and played guitar on two tracks (co-)written by Lemmy on the Doro album “Calling the Wild” (“Love Me Forever” and “Alone Again”) and he also co-produced “We Are Motörhead”, the fifteenth studio album by Motörhead, also released in the year 2000.
Released ten years later, “Play My Game” (2010) was the first solo album by Tim “Ripper” Owens. The album features such guests as Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Michael Wilton (Queensrÿche), James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, Dio). Again, Bob Kulick co-produced the album and also played guitar on six tracks. Bob Kulick was also co-credited for writing the songs “Starting Over”, “No Good Goodbyes” (featuring both Kulick brothers), “The Light” and “A Challenge” with Owens.
Bob Kulick composed, produced, and performed “Sweet Victory” for the SpongeBob SquarePants episode “Band Geeks” on Nickelodeon. The song with vocals by David Glen Eisley of Murderer’s Row was included on “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Album” (2005).
Bob Kulick was also featured on releases by Marc Ferrari & Friends (“Guest List…”, 1996), Periel Marr (“Karma”, 1996), Dennis Madalone (“America We Stand As One”, 2001), Jack Russell (“For You”, 2002) of Great White, Todd Rundgren (“Greatest Classics: With A Twist”, 2003, and “Hello, It’s Me And My Friends”, 2004), The Michael Schenker Group (“Heavy Hitters” a.k.a. “By Invitation Only”, 2005), Dee Snider (“Dee Does Broadway”, 2012) and Impera (“Pieces Of Eden”, 2013). In addition, Kulick also produced releases by Skitzotik (s/t, 1995), The Burnpool (s/t, 1995), Driven By Hate (s/t, 1997 and “Done With Life”, 2005), Syre (s/t, 1998), Meldrum (“Blowin’ Up The Machine”, 2007), Aedose (“Carried By Sound”, 2008) and Lynch Mob (“Smoke And Mirrors”, 2009).
“In For The Count” by Balance was eventually re-issued by the Rock Candy label in 2006, with the songs from their final single as bonus tracks. In the wake of the re-issue, Italian label Frontiers Records inquired about a possible new Balance album.
A third and final Balance album, “Equilibrium”, was released in 2009 and features original core members Kulick, Castro and Katsaros, along with drummer Brett Chassen (who also co-produced with Kulick) as well as guest spots from Bruce Kulick on bass and Jesse Castro on drums.
In 2014, Balance reunited for its first live shows in 31 years, doing a short three-date tour in Sweden. Castro, Kulick and Katsaros were joined by Dan Larsson on bass and Jonas Wikström on drums.
The Gene Simmons album “Asshole” (2017) features one song that Simmons once co-wrote with Bob Kulick, “Now That You’re Gone”. The 10 CD box set “Gene Simmons Vault” released in the same year includes three earlier versions of the same song (from 1977, 1988 and 2000).
Bob Kulick finally released his only solo album in 2017. Entitled “Skeletons in the Closet”, the album featured two songs each from the original albums by Skull and Murderer’s Row. The other tracks were recorded with various musicians and singers, such as Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider (on “London”), Andrew Freeman of Last In Line and Lynch Mob (“Player) and Robin McAuley (ex-Grand Prix, Far Corporation, McAuley Schenker Group) on “Not Before You”.
Selected Bob Kulick discography:
1966: The Random Blues Band – Winchester Cathedral (single/EP)
1974: Michael Wendroff – Southpaw
1975: Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby
1976: Ruth Copeland – Take Me To Baltimore
1976: Michael Wendroff – Recorded Live
1976: Nelson Slater – Wild Angel
1977: Mark Farner – Mark Farner
1977: Kiss – Alive II (on “All American Man”, “Larger Than Life” and “Rockin’ in the U.S.A”)
1978: Paul Stanley – Paul Stanley
1978: Michael Wendroff – Kiss The World Goodbye
1979: Richard T. Bear – Captured Alive
1981: Balance – Balance
1982: Balance – In For The Count (re-issued in 2006 with 2 bonus tracks)
1982: Kiss – Killers (on “I’m a Legend Tonight”, “Down on Your Knees”, “Nowhere to Run” and “Partners in Crime”)
1982: Rachel Sweet – Blame It On Love
1983: Michael Bolton – Michael Bolton
1983: SPYS – Behind Enemy Lines
1984: Meat Loaf – Bad Attitude
1985: Meat Loaf and The Neverland Express – Bad Attitude Live (VHS)
1987: Meat Loaf – Meat Loaf Live (a.k.a. Live At Wembley)
1991: Skull – No Bones About It (re-issued in 2018 with bonus tracks)
1992: W.A.S.P. – The Crimson Idol
1993: Blackthorne – Afterlife
1993: Edde Max – Hot Paint
1995: W.A.S.P. – Still Not Black Enough
1996: Murderer’s Row – Murderer’s Row (re-issued in 2018 with bonus tracks)
2009: Balance – Equilibrium
2009: Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell (The Original Tour) (DVD with archival recordings)
2010: Tim “Ripper” Owens – Play My Game
2016: Blackthorne – Blackthorne II: Don’t | Kill | The | Thrill (archival recordings)
2017: Bob Kulick – Skeletons in the Closet
2018: Skull – Skull II: Now More than Ever (archival recordings)
Bob Kulick also performed on and produced or co-produced multiple tribute and original concept albums:
1996: Thunderbolt – A Tribute To AC/DC
1996: Dragon Attack (A Tribute To Queen)
1999: Party O’ The Times (A Tribute To Prince)
1999: Not The Same Old Song And Dance: A Tribute to Aerosmith
1999: Humanary Stew: A Tribute To Alice Cooper
2000: A Tribute To Queen – Tie Your Mix Down
2000: Bat Head Soup – Tribute To Ozzy
2000: A Tribute To Metallica: Metallic Assault
2000: Tribute To Van Halen / 2000
2000: Twisted Forever: A Tribute To The Legendary Twisted Sister
2001: Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute
2001: One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith
2002: An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs Of Pink Floyd
2004: Metallic Attack – Metallica, The Ultimate Tribute
2004: Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to KISS
2004: We Salute You: An All Star Tribute To AC/DC
2005: Welcome to the Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Alice Cooper
2005: Back Against The Wall (A Tribute To Pink Floyd)
2005: An All-Star Tribute to Shania Twain
2005: Numbers from the Beast: An All-Star Tribute to Iron Maiden
2006: Butchering the Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute
2006: Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (A Tribute To Pink Floyd)
2008: We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year
2008: A Tribute To Thin Lizzy
2008: The Ultimate Tribute To Led Zeppelin
2009: The Music of Pink Floyd
2011: A Collection Of Delicate Diamonds: A Tribute To Pink Floyd
2011: Sin-Atra, an All Star metal tribute to Frank Sinatra
2013: Thriller: A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson
2014: Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life
2015: Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute
2018: Pure Fire – The Ultimate KISS Tribute
2019: The Ultimate Tribute To Led Zeppelin