KISS are mourning the loss of guitarist Bob Kulick, who played on a handful of their albums.
His brother, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, broke the news, saying, “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 sad time.”
KISS followed up with a short statement saying, “We are heartbroken. Our deepest condolences to the Kulick family in this difficult time.”
Former KISS drummer Peter Criss adds, “Our love and prayers go out to the Kulick family, fans and friends during this difficult time.”
Bob auditioned for KISS in 1972, and though he wasn’t who they were looking for, they remembered him years later and had him fill in for Ace Frehley on tracks on their Alive 2, Unmasked (on which he co-wrote a song) and Killers albums. He also played on Paul Stanley’s debut album in 1978, and went on to play with Lou Reed, Meat Loaf, Diana Ross, Michael Bolton, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey and others.
Sadly, Bob and Bruce had a falling out last year over merchandise sales.
Bob Kulick was 70.