Rest in Peace, Guitarist Bob Kulick (KISS, W.A.S.P., Lou Reed, Meat Loaf, More): 1950 – 2020

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Esteemed guitarist and industry veteran Bob Kulick has passed away at the age of 70, it was reported on Friday by his younger brother, Bruce Kulick, on social media.

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.

For years, Bob Kulick earned a reputation among rock circles for his talents. Back in 1972, he auditioned to be the lead guitarist in KISS, and though the role ultimately was won by Ace Frehley, Kulick remained affiliated with the band, contributing guitar parts on various songs on future records.

Bob Kulick participated in a few KISS Kruise events over the years, and in 2017 played alongside his brother and his brother’s band in a set that lives on via YouTube:

In addition to his credits with KISS over the years, Kulick was also acclaimed for studio work with the likes of Lou Reed, Meat Loaf, W.A.S.P., played guitar on the theme music for WWE wrestler Triple H and, showcasing his wealth of talents, wrote, recorded and produced the song “Sweet Victory,” which was featured in SpongeBob SquarePants.

Rest in peace, Bob Kulick.

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