Her brother Bruce revealed the news on Facebook.
“I’m sorry to have to share the news of the death of my brother Bob Kulick,” wrote Bruce. “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 hard as I can. Please respect the privacy of the Kulick family during this very sad time. . “
In 1972, Kulick auditioned for an then unknown kiss, but was beaten for the job by the man who played right after him: Ace Frehley. He then became a studio musician, playing solo guitar on the 1976 Lou Reed album. Coney Island Baby. He has also toured and recorded with Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton, W.A.S.P. and Diana Ross.
In 1977, Frehley unable or unwilling to participate, Kulick was secretly recruited to perform on the new studio tracks included on Kiss ‘ Alive II. He then won recording and composition credits on four other Kiss albums: Unmasked, Killers, Creatures of the night and Paul Stanley’s solo LP in 1978. Kulick’s younger brother Bruce joined Kiss in 1984 and remained their lead guitarist for a decade until Frehley returned for an original reunion tour in 1996.
In 2017, the Kulick brothers performed a full set of Kiss music live for the first time on the group’s annual Kiss Kruise. “It meant a lot to me and my brother that we were so successful and it was so well received,” Bruce told UCR afterwards. “It’s a good feeling. Love for Kiss fans – it was a huge blow to my brother both professionally and emotionally. “
The duo were scheduled to play together again on the Kruise the following year, but a contractual dispute resulted in Bob’s departure from the bill. Last November, he publicly accused his brother of “stabbing in the back” in a merchandise sales dispute, and expressed frustration over Bruce’s alleged reluctance to film and record together.
In a 2018 DUC interview, Bob Kulick said he had no problem keeping his job with Kiss secret for so many years. “In this circumstance, be friends with Gene [Simmons] and Paul, it was important to me that when they said “It must be between us and us only”, I will keep my word. It’s a question of integrity, and that’s how I can go on, ”he said.
“I make good music; I don’t settle. I never opted for ease: “Oh, just take the money. “I’ve never done that, it’s just not me. I never registered an artist and took their money if I thought they were below the bar, like “it’s going to be embarrassing. It wouldn’t help them, it wouldn’t help me. “