Guitarist Bob Kulick, a longtime Kiss sideman, and older brother of former-Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, has died at age 70, with a cause of death still not announced, according to Guitar World. Bob Kulick became part of the Kiss inner-circle upon unsuccessfully auditioning for the band in 1972 and losing out to Ace Frehley. Kulick went on to sub for Frehley on the studio tracks from 1977's Alive II — and the following year handled lead guitar duties on Paul Stanley's self-titled solo debut. Both Kulick brothers went on to serve as Meat Loaf's guitarists during his legendary tour behind his 1977 multi-platinum Bat Out Of Hell album.
Kulick went on to add lead guitar to four new tracks on Kiss' 1982 overseas compilation, Killers. He went on to tour with Paul Stanley in 1989 during the Kiss co-founder's sole tour apart from Kiss. It was at Bob's urging that his younger brother Bruce became the band's guitarist from 1984 to 1995.
Bob Kulick, who was romantically involved with actress Stella Stevens for decades, performed and recorded with Lou Reed, W.A.S.P., Michael Bolton, Diana Ross, Was (Not Was), Motorhead, Mark Farner, and Alice Cooper, among many others. In 2005, Kulick co-wrote the Spongebob Squarepants song “Sweet Victory,” and in 2017 released his last solo album, titled Skeletons In The Closet.