Grammy award-winning producer and guitarist Bob Kulick, known for his collaborations with KISS, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley, has reportedly died at 70-years-old.
His brother Bruce shared the devastating news on Facebook today, writing "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."
Kulick had 17 Platinum and Gold records throughout his largely behind-the-scenes career, including four co-writing credits on Gene Simmons' Vault Experience release and studio recording credits on KISS' Alive II, Unmasked, and Killers albums.
"It was simple," he shared with Ultimate Classic Rock when asked about his hidden involvement with KISS. "I equated it in my own way to the Beatles and Eric Clapton. The Beatles recorded ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and wound up with Clapton actually playing the solo. It was un-credited, and everybody originally thought that was George Harrison – ‘Wow, Harrison’s chops really are something these days' – when the reality was that it wasn’t him."
"In this circumstance, being friends with Gene and Paul, it was important to me that when they said ‘this has to be between us and us only,' that I’m going to keep my word. It’s all about integrity, and that’s how I’m able to keep going," Kulick continued. "I make great music; I don’t settle. I never went for the easy way: 'Oh, just take the money.' I never did that; it’s just not me. I never recorded an artist and took their money if I thought they were below the bar line, like ‘this is going to be embarrassing.” It wouldn’t help them, it wouldn’t help me."