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Legendary KISS guitarist Bob Kulick passes away at 70 – ‘I know he is at peace now’

Kulick's death was confirmed by his brother on social media on Friday.

It has sadly just been announced that guitarist Bob Kulick, who played with the likes of KISS, Lou Reed and Meat Loaf, has passed away at the age of 70.

Kulick’s death was confirmed by his brother on social media on Friday.

“I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick,” Bruce Kulick said, according to Fox News. “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.”

No details about Kulick’s cause of death have been released at this time.

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Since Kulick’s death was announced, tributes have been pouring in for him on Twitter.

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“We are heartbroken. Our deepest condolences to the Kulick family in this difficult time,” KISS wrote on its Twitter page.

“I am very sad to hear about the passing of Bob Kulick. I played on several tribute records in the 90s that Bob produced. My condolences to his family and especially Bruce. R.I.P. #BobKulickRIP :(,” added keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

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Singer Jeff Scott Soto paid tribute to Kulick as well.

“Ugh, another peer, colleague & someone I considered friend has passed,” he tweeted. “I worked with Bob Kulick on many recordings through the years, most notably the many tribute albums he produced. My condolences to his brother Bruce and extended Kulick family.”

Kulick initially tried out for KISS back in 1972, when it was still an unknown band, but Ace Frehley ended up snagging the guitarist gig instead. Five years later, KISS brought on Kulick for the record “KISS Alive II,” and he secretly recorded for them. From there, he secretly recorded more albums with KISS, including, “Unmasked,” “Killers” and “Creatures of the Night.”

Kulick said in 2018 that he had no problem keeping his work with KISS a secret.

“In this circumstance, being friends with Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley], 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,” he said. “It’s all about integrity, and that’s how I’m able to keep going.”

“I make great music; I don’t settle,” Kulick continued. “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.”

 

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