Q&A WITH BRUCE KULICK
While in Italy for his Unplugged&United tour I met up with Bruce in Padova, had dinner together and chatted a bit. Unfortunately we had not a proper time to run the planned video interview, so this is a small Q&A done with the man, enjoy.
BK3 was released fall last year and you received a lot of press coverage and excellent reviews everywhere. Are you satisified with the response from your fans and with the sales numbers so
I am very proud of the reaction to BK3! Sales are great as well.
You played some gigs with the current KISS drummer Eric Singer while on tour with ESP and you have been the last lead guitarist in KISS to have played with the late Eric Carr. What are the main differences in music style between them and how their drum playing affected your guitar playing live with them?
They play different styles of rock drumming and both are powerful drummers. I enjoy working with Mr Singer and of course have great memories of Eric Carr.
Would you like to talk about your gear you are using now with Grand Funk and ESP and what are the main differences when you were used to play in KISS?
Marshall amps of course...I use pedals with GFR and ESP. It was hard to do that with KISS.
And what about your semi acoustic you played lately while on tour with John in Italy?
Is it true it was sold at an auction in Poland at your last gig in Europe?
Not really an auction, as I couldn't fly it home. The promoter found someone to buy it and they got a great deal!
During your latest acoustic gigs I have seen people getting crazy on those intimate settings. It’s not that common to have the chance to stay one foot away from two huge artists like John and you
and enjoy such a show. Did you enjoy that small tour in Italy?
I love being close to the fans. I can't imagine how interesting it must of been for the fans. They could really see my fingers work!
Have you been in contact with Gene recently and do you think there will be a chance like on BK3 to have them to collaborate with you again?
Would love that...
What your thoughts about the music industry? Any chance to see a new gold period like in the seventies and eighties?
I would love more cool bands like we have seen.
You told me is too soon now to talk about a possible new solo work, so what will be your next activities?
Busy summer with GFR. Usual sessions and writing and every day something interesting comes up!
Thanks so much for you music and your dedication and commitment to fans all over the globe, hope to meet up again soon.
Thank you for all your support!
BRUCE KULICK BK3 DIGIPACK AVAILABLE AT KULICK.NET
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO MESSAGE FOR DEUCENEWS.COM
Bruce Kulick's BK3 CD digipack is now available for sale not only at all online music stores, including iTunes, Frontiers Records and local records stores but also on Kulick.net, autographed and with a limited edition BK3 guitar pick.
Watch the promo video for deucenews.com and go get your copy now!!
Bruce Kulick's long-awaited third and best solo album, BK3, landed at No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums Billboard chart in its first week run. BK3 was released in Europe on January 29 via Frontiers Records and in North America on February 2 through Twenty 4 Records/Rocket Science Ventures.
BRUCE KULICK TALKS BK3 WITH DEUCENEWS
Today is a great day, Deucenews readers!
I’m pleased to host an exclusive interview with Bruce Kulick.
Bruce left KISS back in 1996, since then he released three albums with Union, one of which live, and recorded two solo albums, Audiodog and Trasformer.
Now we are in the pipeline to witness the birth of his third and best album ever BK3!
Hi Bruce, it’s amazing this is the third time we do an interview since DeuceNews.com was born and today we will talk about your third studio album! I’m listening to BK3 since a week and I must say this is your best album ever, a fresh and explosive Hard rock album with catching melodies and killer riffs! Your guitar parts are memorable, but like I stated months ago what hits you since the first listening is the huge improvement in the singing department you had. Does it come from just practising or you trained a lot in these years?
I have to thank Jeremy my producer with pushing me and giving confidence and some tips. I did take vocal lessons for a short while years ago. But it is not a natural thing for me to do. His efforts helped make me sing better.
You moved from a “me, me, me” recording process (I’m talking about your previous solo efforts) to this amazing album where the guests list is almost longer then the track list. What or who made you change your approach to recording new tunes?
Jeremy and I committed to a NO COMPROMISE approach to the music. So if it meant doing things more than once, we did. We used great studios and engineers and of course the special guests that evolved to being on the CD did an amazing job. I am grateful for their contributions.
I would lie to you if I would not admit that listening Gene’s voice over your guitar riffs gave me chills. That tune seems coming out of Revenge, when did you write it? And did you think at Gene’s voice while writing it?
Gene and I had a few ideas, but the best one we revisited and Jeremy came into the session at Gene’s house. That day we knew we had a great song. Gene kept singing something about “not going to die” but we worked out the lyrics at the studio the day he sang. I think it came out killer.
And what about Nick’s singing? It's so amazing, If I close my eyes listening to “Hand Of The King” he remind me to his father’s voice, was it your idea to involve Nick or what?
I was going to ask Gene but he offered me Nick! How perfect. Gene knew the experience would be great for his son. Nick was “green” as not knowing that much in the studio but he is smart and talented so he adapted and did a stellar performance.
As we said you have a lot of guests on BK3, how did you manage all their contributions?
Did you always played with them in person or was it a matter of emailed files?
They sometimes got the music files, to learn and write lyrics ideas to, but Jeremy and I recorded in person all of the performances. I was excited about that...old school!
Did you plan their contributions or they came out by chances?
It was organic in each situation. Gene and Nick came at the same time, and of course Eric Singer and John Corabi would always help out a fellow friend etc. Tobias came from Eric working with him. Lukather was an accident in that I wanted to book a studio he knew about, next thing I know we are having lunch and Jeremy is begging me to ask Luke to be on the song! Doug Fieger was a friend from the RnR Fantasy Camp, and he was a natural to ask for “Dirty Girl”.
An important role in BK3 is covered by Jeremy Rubolino your long time assistant, right?
Assistant is not the right word! He has been a good friend for some time, but he approached me during Transformer saying he would like to work with me. The time was right when we started writing in 2004 and on for BK3. He is very talented and has a keen knowledge of music that compliments my strengths quite well.
Are both of you Pro tools fans? Can you tell us about the way you recorded and engineered BK3?
Jeremy is excellent on Pro Tools and of course we had help with some impressive
He is also very capable of recording guitars and vocals quite well, but Brian Virtue was our “go to” guy for the drums and other important track performances and mixes. I love the sonics on BK3.
When I reviewed your EP teaser for BK3 I remember I was really impressed about the whole structure of No Friend Of Mine and how John Corabi's voice interacts with your backing guitars lines, have you ever though to tour again with John?
John and I have a wonderful chemistry. We will see what happens in the future.
Talking about touring what are your plans to promote the album? Are you going to tour in 2010, some good news for Italy?
I don’t really know yet, but I want to. I hope so. I love playing for my fans in Europe.
We met briefly in Anaheim last month at the KISS concert, what do you think about the current KISS stage show and the new tunes from Sonic Boom performed live?
Sadly because of my trip the next morning to Amsterdam, I did not see the entire show. They sounded great though.
Coming back to BK3 I listen to all the tunes over and over again and I believe this album will meet for sure the KISS fans tastes but also will please every rock lover around. Highest moments for me are Ain't Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons), No Friend Of Mine (featuring John Corabi) and the opening track Fate, have you a favourite song among all?
I don’t really have a favourite song… for me the most personal is “I’ll Survive”.
You told me you would have loved to take part of a KISS revenge era reunion tour (and I would love to be there!!!), do you thing this thing may happen someday?
I have no idea, but it is not something I think about too often.
Thanks again Bruce for spending your time with us and hope to see you soon
Thanks again for your support!
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BK3 TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW & SAMPLES
Bruce Kulick left KISS back in 1996, since then he released three albums with Union, one of which live, and recorded two solo albums, Audiodog and Trasformer.
He is a permanent member of another iconic American Band Grand Funk Railroad , with whom he is touring heavily trough out the States. BK3 is his third and long awaited solo album, in the works for nearly six years and produced by long time friend and assistant Jeremy Rubolino will be out on 29Th January 2010 via Frontiers Records.
I must say BK3 is his best album ever, a fresh and explosive Hard Rock album with catching melodies and killer riffs. His guitar parts are memorable, but he has now proven also a huge improvement in the singing department. The album is a 11+1 tracks journey through many styles and episodes with one common element: the amazing poetry of Bruce’s guitars work.
Highest moments Ain't Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons), No Friend Of Mine (featuring John Corabi) and the opening track Fate.
Fate 8/10 What an opener! Fate (co-written by Kevin Churko, known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne), is a hard, up tempo, song that hits you between the eyes.
Bruce’s rap at the beginning of the song shows a “take no prisoner attitude” proper of a youngster.
Clean and melodic solo in between.
Ain’t Gonna Die (feat. Gene Simmons) 9/10 Gene’s voice over Bruce guitar licks….this is Bruce’s Revenge! Perfect mix of melodic lines and raw guitar parts, Ain’t gonna die is an anthemic tune that will stick on your mind. Personally I would have not added the background strings in the bridge, but without no doubt this is one of the highest moments of the album, the coda at the end of the song reminds at some Jimy Hendrix psychedelic trip.
No Friends of mine (feat. John Corabi) 9/10 An acoustic guitar arpeggio open up to a ferocious riff of Childhood's End memory... John Corabi's voice starts crafting a catchy melody that goes in and out through the backing guitars which display at a full range Bruce's amazing skills. This is the tune you keep on playing on your recorder and you never get bored about, each time you listen to it, you hear something new and different from the previous run; great song and wonderful lyrics!
Hand Of The King (feat Nick Simmons) 8/10 A mid tempo riff introduces the listener to a growing voice, if you close your eyes the demon’s face will appear on your mind, but this is his son Nick, by fact with a lower and probably warmer register then his father. Thunderous solo on this one.
I’ll survive 7/8 Melodic and almost acoustic song that gives us an intimate Bruce, very convincing behind the microphone. Very cool ballad that at times reminds to certain Pink Floyd tunes.
Dirty Girl (feat. Doug Fieger) 8/10 Doug, the never forgotten frontman from The Knack, lands his voice on a “soon-to-be pop classic”, a very 70th ish tune. I would not be surprise to find it on heavy rotation airplay on classic rock radio station.
Final Mile 7/10 Once again Bruce on vocals and another “classic” Bruce tune. A romantic ballad with a spicy guitar juice all over it, very classy and well produced.
I'm The Animal 8/10 (feat. Tobias Sammett and Eric Singer) Avantasia meets Union. An epic Rock tune with so many faces: Tobias ferocious vocals , the thunderous Eric on drums and Bruce guitar soloing [with a bit of his Star Spangled Banner solo]…what a dream for our ears!!
And I Know Bruce, Bruce, Bruce! The song itself is a classic '80s rock tune, an happy song with a strong melody and a cool guitars work on the bridge and in the chorus; Bruce has made a tremendous step forward, and this album shows Bruce's strongest vocals ever. You feel him while singing, with an intensity and a confidence that I never get from him in his previous works.
Between The Lines (feat. Steve Lukather) 8/10 A battle of guitars. Steve Lukather and Bruce fight on the powerful rhythm carpet built by Haslip and Aronoff. Cool and killer guitar playing throughout the tune, quite like a sort of time machine that brings us the consummate guitar master of nowadays from the young Bruce of KKB. Amazing duet that never ever leaves the listener lost on arid technicalities but let him walk along with melodies and heavy riffs.
Life 7/10 Life, almost an Irish ballad, is an introspective journey painted by Bruce’s soft touches both on vocals then on guitar. So catchy and romantic that pushes you to press the repeat button and keep on listening BK3 from track 1 again.
Fabio "Deuce" Mainardi
BK3 songs credits:
Fate - Kevin Churko, Bruce Kulick (BK), Jeremy Rubolino (JR)
Ain't Gonna Die - Gene Simmons, BK, JR
No Friend of Mine - John Corabi, BK, JR
Hand of the King - Nick Simmons, BK, JR
I'll Survive - BK, JR
Dirty Girl - BK, JR
Final Mile - Dan Lavery, BK, JR
I'm The Animal - Tobias Sammet, BK, JR
And I Know - BK, JR
Between The Lines - BK, JR
Life - BK, JR
Bonus track for Europe, Skydome from his first solo album, Audiodog.
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BK3 UPDATES: HAND OF THE KING FIRST SINGLE
Hand Of Tthe King, featuring vocals by Nick Simmons will be released on January 12th as the first single from BK3.
Frontiers Records has recently announced January 29th 2010 as launch date set for the album which will contain 11 new songs plus a bonus track for Europe.
Ready to come a track by track review of the album, stay tuned!
FRONTIERS RECORDS AND DEUCENEWS TEAMED UP
DeuceNews proudly announces the team-up with Frontiers Records to launch and promote Bruce Kulick BK3, set to release on January 29th 2010.
Bruce plans to take “BK3” to his fans through as many avenues as possible, including live concerts, appearances at KISS Expos and media. While there have been many milestones along the way in his 30+ years of performing and recording, “BK3” marks a new pinnacle for Bruce Kulick. So stay tuned for exciting news and updates coming soon!!!
“BK3” includes the following tracks:
Fate; Ain’t Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons); No Friend of Mine (featuring John Corabi); Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons); I’ll Survive; Dirty Girl (featuring Doug Fieger); Final Mile; I'm The Animal (featuring Tobias Sammet and Eric Singer); And I Know; Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather); Life; Skydome (from the BK CD “Audiodog”). Click on the links above to listen the samples.* Exclusive Bonus *Track for Europe
BRUCE AT SLEAZE ROXX
Here a small part of a cool interview with Bruce at Sleaze Roxx that can be read here
Sleaze Roxx: What are your plans to promote the album?
Bruce Kulick: Right now I'm doing interviews, talking about it and making people aware of it. As far as touring out of the country, there are people in Australia, Europe and South America that I've played with so those are definitely possibilities. Right now it's hard to determine what I can do in 2010 until I see what the reaction is. I'm going to do everything within my power to let everyone know about the record, even if it means screaming at the top of my lungs (laughs). Everyone needs to check out this record because this record rules. I really believe in it and judging by early reactions people really get it and like it. I think the reaction overall should be pretty positive and this record isn't only for the KISS fans, if you know what I mean? BK3 will transcend that fan base, because of the songs and the guests featured on it.
Sleaze Roxx: Quali sono i tuoi progetti per Promuovere l'album?
Bruce Kulick: Proprio ora sto facendo interviste. Per Quanto Riguarda il tour fuori Dagli Stati Uniti d'America, ci sono persone in Australia, Europa e Sud America ... queste sono sicuramente delle Possibilità. Adesso è difficile determinare Che cosa posso fare nel 2010 fino a Che non vderò Quale sarà la reazione uno BK3. Quanto farò tutto in mio potere per ben conoscere uno il tutti discoteca, anche se Ciò significa urlare uno squarciagola (ride).
Che la reazione generale Dovrebbe Essere Credo abbastanza positiva e questo disco non è solo per i fan dei KISS, se sai cosa voglio dire.
BK3 OUT ON FEBRUARY 16TH
Bruce Kulick album is now set for realese on February 16th 2010 via Twenty 4 Records, In Europe BK3 will be distribuited through Frontiers Records
2. Ain’t Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons)
3. No Friend Of Mine (featuring John Corabi)
4. Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons)
5. I’ll Survive
6. Dirty Girl (feautring Doug Fieger)
7. Final Mile
8. I’m The Animal (feauturing Tobias Sammet and Eric Singer)
9. And I Know
10. Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather)
BRUCE GUITAR CLINICS IN EUROPE
Bruce is heading to Holland, Switzerland and Norway for 4 appearances. At each event there will be a sneak peak of the upcoming BK3 CD, guitar clinic, personal meet and greet event, Q&A
session, and new merchandise available. The scheduled appearances are:
HOLLAND - Friday, November 27th. MP3 Voetboogstr.3 Amsterdam, Holland. 20:30. Tickets at www.kisskollector.com
SWITZERLAND - Saturday, November 28th. Salle du centre de la Jeunesse - Serre 12 La-chaux-de-fonds. 19:00 doors, 20:00 event. This event is SOLD OUT.
NORWAY - Monday, November 30th. Backstage Musikk AS, Sandvika. 20:00. Tickets at http://www.backstagemusikk.no/
Tuesday, December 1st. Glassheim, Jevnaker (Time TBA). Tickets at http://www.untouchables.no/
NEW LOOK FOR BRUCE KOOL!!!
To celebrate the impending release of BK3, KULICK.net has got a new look! This redesign is an ongoing process, but hopefully you like what you see so far. So, enjoy the site's new look, listen to
the songs from the BK3 EP on our home page music player, and get ready for the complete BK3 album coming soon! The album's complete track listing is as follows:
2. Ain't Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons)
3. No Friend Of Mine (featuring John Corabi)
4. Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons)
5. I'll Survive
6. Dirty Girl (featuring Doug Fieger)
7. Final Mile
8. I'm The Animal (featuring Tobias Sammet & Eric Singer)
9. And I Know
10. Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather)
Welcome to the new KULICK.net!
WAITING FOR BK3... by Fabio "Deuce" Mainardi
Friday 13th February, phone call with Nicolas, ESP Tour manager, target: to fix an interview with Bruce.
He had been very vogue by e-mail... Let’s hope.
I call, “Hi it’s Fabio, I’m calling to set up the interview with Bruce ... Yes, 3 p.m. at the hotel, is it OK for you? OK? It’s great! Thank you, see you later!
Well, I’m in the car 15 minutes earlier then the foreseen time table, I have to drive 130km, you never know.
In fact, I miss the right highway exit, thanks to the usually fantastic Italian road signs.
Great! I push the pedal to the max, I have 50 km more to ride, hoping there’s nobody there checking speed limits ... 3:00 p.m. : I walk in the Hotel lobby!
Nicolas comes to me, we shake hands and he calls Bruce who’s still in his room.
I sit down with him at the Hotel bar, Chuck (Garric) is also there, he gave me an eye, says hallo and he goes on drinking a glass of a red wine.
I look around to see if John (Corabi) is in there too or with even more anxiety if Eric (Singer) is there, none, the hotel is a desert.
Just the time to pull out the sheets with the questions I prepared and Bruce comes in....
He smiles at me , I smile too I believe, but I do not know which kind of face I have...
He immediately asks me if I want to drink or eat something, no thanks! (I don’t know how to send it down!)
He orders a sandwich and a bottle of water and he sits down.
3-2-1 here we are!
I start asking him about how the tour is going on.
Really well, every night we find a lot of people so happy to see us.
It was two years now we did not come to Europe and thanks to the fact that KISS have just been here Eric’s name is on everyone's mouth.
A lot of people don’t want to miss the chance to see him at work in a more private environment than the stadiums KISS uses to play.
Yes, not to mention you, I would add!
We are in front of 4 great musicians
Why do you tour only in Europe and not in the U.S.?
I have many friends there, which would be more then happy to see ESP live.
The American market is too vast for us, you know.
In the U.S. tours mean to travel long distances with obvious consequences on the costs side, without considering the very high number of bands around.
Only in Los Angeles, where we live, there are an incredible number of local groups, the competition is sky high.
Here in Europe is quite different, we can condense in a few days a large number of dates and optimize the logistics that is significantly different from what’s in our home land.
Then we organize some dates along with KISSKonvention, so we also do Q&A sessions and the fans are so happy about it, like we did in Germany and then in Norway and Sweden.
I turn my head for a while to take a note where I wrote the salient data of the next Bruce album (BK3) and Eric comes in, I say hallo and he looks puzzled, he turns to Bruce questioning with his eyes.
And Bruce goes: press!
Yes, press! I feel important!
He keeps on talking
I tour a lot with Grand Funk Railroad, which have a remarkable success in all the U.S., and I enjoy playing with them a lot and, by the way, this activity represents for me more than half of my earnings too.
We hope that there will be many people here tonight!
Indeed. We are so many here who believe that the best KISS line up ever from a technical point of view has been the one with you and Eric!
So how the work is going with your new album?
I am very happy how the songs are coming out, and especially about all the musicians which played with me, it's an honour and a great satisfaction.
To work again with Gene was amazing, and Nick (Simmons) was so cool, a fantastic voice, similar to his father but more groovy, almost blues.
This is the list of guest stars to date:
Gene Simmons (KISS)
Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper band)
Brent Fitz (Union, ESP)
John Corabi (Motley Crue, Union, ESP)
Jimmy Haslip (Jack Black & session player for KISS)
Jeremy Rubolino (Bruce and assistant engineer)
Nick Tweed Simmons (Hands of God)
Tobias Sammet (Avantasia)
Doug Fieger (The Knack)
Steve Lukather (Toto, Peter Criss 1978).
While talking, he handle me a cardboard like a business card with the promo photo of BK3 that recently appeared on his site, www.kulick.net, and that you may find also here.
Do you like it?, I did it on purpose to promote the album, what do you think?
Cool, it’s nice also the idea to put on the back the photo that shows the neck of a guitar with three fingers on to form a power chord
They should recall the “3” of the title BK3.
Actually the title is not 100% final, but I thought that the initials BK I use for years to sign and the number 3 that represent my third solo work was as effective as a title.
Also I didn’t want to come out with names or phrases too fancy or bizarre.
Reading your blog I have listed almost 17 titles, will they wind up as songs on BK3?
Let me see! (I show him my list)
No! Give me that paper (he takes the pen I was writing with and starts to tick and write notes on the list)
I started working on this project almost two years ago and then, because of my many commitments, I had to put on hold the work, so which were song ideas for new tunes remained only titles while other titles have been added, becoming tunes I actually recorded.
Currently these are the songs just released:
01. I will survive
02. And I know
03. No friend of mine (John Corabi on vocals)
05. It's never enough (Doug Fieger on vocals)
06. Is not gonna die (co-written with Gene Simmons on vocals)
07. Hand of the King (Co-written with Nick Tweed Simmons on vocals)
08. Instrumental (with Steve Lukather)
09. I am the animal (Tobias Sammet on vocals, Eric Singer on drums)
The music is a mix of the Union sound, Stone temple pilot and KISS.
And for what concern KISS kind of production it reminds the one we had on the albums Revenge and COS.
WOW, cool, Revenge and C.O.S. are among the KISS albums I like the most!
Well also for me Revenge is one of the best KISS albums.
Oh yes and what about C.O.S.? You played so great on it.
Yes, but not everybody liked it! (He laughs)
And among the many there is a certain Paul (Stanley)! Don’t ever talk to him about that record!
Would you like to listen to some of the songs?”
I hide badly my enthusiasm and I go: Wow, yeah!
OK I go to my room and I bring you my iPod ....
2 minutes later he’s back and he handles me his MP3 player and his professional headphones… I listen to:
Is not gonna die (co-written with Gene Simmons, with Brent Fitz on drums)
Hand of the King (Co-written with Nick Tweed Simmons)
Instrumental (the title has not yet been defined, with Steve Lukather)
I am the animal (Tobias Sammet on vocals and Eric Singer on drums)
And I know (BK on vocals)
Is not gonna die
The song starts, powerful guitar riff and the hoarse voice of Gene fill my ears .... chills, amazing!
The production is great, the guitar parts are woven deeply and Gene pulls out all its wickedness and his romance ... cool, cool, cool!
At the end there is an instrumental coda that recalls exotic rhythms with echoes in the background of Gene grazing.
Hand of the king
Stunning! Nick has the same stamp of his father voice, but lower, warmer, the song has amazing vibe, and the guitars.... Great Bruce!
A battle of guitars which run in and out
Before I start listen to it, Bruce explain me he is on the right channel and Steve (or Luke as his friends call him) predominantly on the left one.
Wonderful, I would name it Ocean ... this is the image that came to mind while listening to it with closed eyes.
I am the animal
Tobias's voice is unmistakable and the piece is a great piece of epic rock, with Eric drumming fiercely thundering.
Bruce tells me that it was Eric to introduce him Tobias, he did not know him and he did not know what to expect from him
When he started singing I was open mouth, very cool, what a power.
And you may feel it all on the song!
And I know
Bruce, Bruce, Bruce!
It could be called a classic BK tune, but with something more, the vocals!
Bruce has made a tremendous step forward.
I worked hard, I am glad you like it, honestly it is really a great improvement for my voice.
Bruce, I can't wait the release date, have you an idea when it will be ready and how you will distribute it?
I am glad you like it, I am very happy too.
I think that might be ready by April and then could be distributed by middle of the year, but do not want to rush things.
At the same time I do not want to tell you a date right now, when I’ll be sure I’ll let you know.
I do not want to create false expectations or keep on repeating that the album is almost done and then never releasing it...
I’m very proud of what I’ve done ‘till now and I want to do things right.
Also Gene told me that it is a very high level product and certainly many labels could be interested.
I have some contacts, but you know which is the record industry situation and especially record labels, today they exist tomorrow they are gone out of business.
I am very tempted to go out with an EP meanwhile, to let everybody know what I'm doing and that the product is there, not just words on a blog.
I’m now taken by the conversation, it seems to me to be with a friend chatting and I go, well, I would no to do the EP thing; perhaps it would be enough to put a few samples on the net.
The songs are stunning; they deserve to be all at once on an album!
“Let's see, I'm still thinking about the cover and the packaging.
I am glad what I did for the previous CD, but I want to do something different this time, at the same quality level of the music and at the same time I do not want to overdo it, for example with references to my past career in KISS.
It would be easy to use even the same font of Destroyer or create links to past KISS album covers, I want to do something classy, but it should be mine, it should be BK.
I’ll keep you informed on developments.
You all can leave your e-mails here , and when I’ll be back home I’ll begin to update you.
Thanks Bruce, congratulations again!
Let me know when you will edit the interview.
Now I must go to get ready for the show.
See you at sound check.
FAN REVIEWS OF THE BK3 LIMITED EDITION EP
Bruce has posted some reviews of his great BK3 EP.
Among them also mine is there!!!
Bruce is like a good wine, time passes and he gets more and more taste, colour and intensity. "No Friend Of Mine" - An acoustic guitar arpeggio open up to a ferocious riffs of Childhood's End memory... John Corabi's voice starts crafting a catchy melody that goes in and out through the backing guitars which display at a full range Bruce's amazing skills. This is the tune you keep on playing on your recorder and you never get bored about, each time you listen to it, you hear something new and different from the previous run; great song and wonderful lyrics!
"And I Know" - Bruce, Bruce, Bruce! The song itself is a classic '80s rock tune, an happy song with a strong melody and a cool guitars work on the bridge and in the chorus; it could be called a classic BK tune, but with something more, the vocals! Bruce has made a tremendous step forward. It's Bruce's strongest and greatest vocal work ever. You feel him while singing, with an intensity and a confidence that I never get from him in his previous works, magnifico!!!
"Between The Lines" - A battle of guitars. Steve Lukather and Bruce fight on the powerful rhythm carpet built by Haslip and Aronoff. Cool and killer guitar playing throughout the tune, quite like a sort of time machine that brings us the consummate guitar master of nowadays from the young Bruce of KKB. Amazing duet that never ever leaves the listener lost on arid technicalities but let him walk along with melodies and catchy riffs. -
…and the best is yet to come, believe me.
Fabio “Deuce” Mainardi
So big rumors about BK3!!!
But let’s start stepping a little back…
You recently published KKB and you are selling the limited 1,000 copies through
your site www.kulick.net (I’ve got the #42!!!)
Listening to it I was astonished about the quality and the overall sound that comes out of the tracks (and you were really young at those times!!!).
Can you share with us some memories about those great recordings sessions?
I really don't remember much other than I wanted to play great and the music was challenging as you tell listening to it.
We all know you are currently on tour with Grand Funk Railroad and you are really busy, but we are also waiting for your next album, some good news about it?
The CD will be out in 2009... nothing else to say about it right now other than I love it, and it is being worked on for the next few months, so get it ready to release early next year.
Well getting Gene to co-write and sing a terrific song is amazing. Really is a shining moment for my new CD.. more news as it develops.
I personally think (and I’m not alone!) that you had a great impact on the KISS sound and that your style and contributions grown constantly through the years.
I saw that you also changed your guitars through the years, but is there a guitar that you played in the past that still is on your rack and that you can’t live without?
Well my Les Paul 53 is on even Paul Stanley's solo disc from 78! Was my brothers, and it has been on many KISS and others recordings.
We know, as you mentioned in many interviews, by which guitarists you were influenced by while you were young, can you tell us which are the these last years guitarists you think will influence the next generations?
Well John Mayer is a great songwriter and guitarist... some of the new metal guys are terrific as well. But I still feel that the Hendrix/Clapton/Beck influence will rule 4ever! EVH as well!
I met you last year on tour with ESP and I saw how you and Eric play by heart together.
Do you think there will be chances for us to see you again playin’ together?
WE are working on coming over in Feb 09. So be patient.
Can you share with us the best image you have while thinking about your KISS years?
Playing on stage and seeing a huge adoring crowd going crazy!
I’ll try to find a way for you to come to Italy and play for us.
Which are the cities you would rather prefer to visit? (the right answer is Verona where I live ;-))
I don't know Italy that well... but do love your country!
Bruce, thanks again so much for your time and for your music.
Hope to see you really soon and....