Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick was interviewed by Kaaos TV prior to his appearance at the KISS Expo in Helsinki, Finland on November 25. The complete chat can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On performing with his brother, Bob, on this year's Kiss Kruise:
Bruce: "I was always wondering if they'd ever invite me, and this was the year. I think it's gone down as a real popular event that I'm really happy about, the set that my brother and I did with Brent Fitz from UNION and Slash's band, and Todd Kerns, the bass player from Slash. These guys are really talented. Of course, my brother and I have a great chemistry together. It turned out to be a great set. We were able to explore a lot of really cool songs that represent our contributions to KISS — songs that the guys don't really do. That made it really special for the fans. Everybody's now asking, 'When are you going to do more?', which I don't have an answer for — I don't know what will be in the future. But it was really exciting. I was really proud of it."
On how the four prepared for their set:
Bruce: "We got together for two rehearsals in Vegas, where three of them live. I took a trip there so I could go over everything with them. Then we recorded it, and that became everybody's homework. To do anything good in life, you really do need to be prepared — you need to practice, you need to spend some time and go over all the details. I know everybody practiced to the tapes, because we accomplished what we needed to do in the two rehearsals. There were very few mistakes, and I was very proud of the performance. It was quite rewarding for me."
On his plans for 2018:
Bruce: "To be honest, 2017 has been extremely rewarding for me. It's been a very, very busy year. GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, we had nearly 50 gigs this year. I did quite a few of the KISS Expos; I did a lot of sessions for various artists all around the world; I did a single with my wife Lisa, which was a song that was from 'BK3' that was never finished, and I turned it into something that worked with her because she's a great singer. I did the Kruise finally, with my brother. What's coming in the future, I don't really know — all I know is that I feel very grateful for this past year. There's a lot of exciting things that I'm thinking about for 2018, and some of it will be music. Since GRAND FUNK is my main gig, because they've been so good to me for 17 years now, everything else that I can fill in, I try to fit in as well. I don't know what 2018 will bring, but I'll be busy, I'm sure."
During the recently completed seventh KISS Kruise, the Kulick brothers played a 13-song set that featured 10 rarely performed KISS songs such as "Turn On The Night" and "All American Man", as well as three classics from Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album (on which Bob performed).
"Our appearance on Kiss Kruise VII the first night on the Main Deck ('Sail Away' Stage) was one of our most exciting and memorable gigs in my life," Bob said afterward. "And I know my brother feels the same way about it!"