Best Bruce Kulick-era Kiss Album – Readers Poll
Bruce Kulick, best known as the guitarist for Kiss from 1984 to 1996, turns 58 today (Dec. 12), and to celebrate today's readers' poll is asking you to pick which album from his time with the band you like the best.
Although he never did get to don any form of the band's trademark facepaint, Kulick stands as the second-longest tenured guitarist in "Kisstory" behind original member Ace Frehley, and he brought stability to the band after becoming their fourth axeman in a chaotic two-year stretch.
All told, he played on five studio albums from the band, ranging from 1985's 'Asylum' to 1997's 'Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.' That underrated, grunge-influenced record, whose release was delayed following the reunion of Kiss's original lineup, also featured Kulick's debut on lead vocals with the track 'I Walk Alone.'
Except for 'Souls,' every Kiss album Kulick appeared on went gold or platinum, and his excellent playing can be heard on many of the band's later-day hits, including 'Tears are Falling,' 'Forever' and 'Domino.' We're particularly partial to his deconstruction of our National Anthem on 'Spit,' from 1992's masterful 'Revenge.'
A few years after departing Kiss, Bruce joined another legendary classic rock band, Grand Funk Railroad, and continues to perform with them to this day. In addition to his work with groups like Union and the Eric Singer Project, Kulick has released three solo albums, the latest being 2010's 'BK3.'
You can learn more about Bruce at his official website -- yes, he's also performed with Meat Loaf, Billy Squier and Michael Bolton, among many others -- as well as finding out where he'll be performing live.
So, let us know which Kulick-era Kiss album you think is tops -- the hit-filled 'Asylum,' the keyboard-heavy 'Crazy Nights,' the back-to-basics 'Hot in the Shade,' or one of the two previously mentioned albums, in the poll below: