Bruce Kulick felt could not pitch same song idea to Gene Simmons and then Paul Stanley, and vice-versa
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick was recently interviewed by Hot Metal Mag and was asked to confirm whether the KISS‘ Carnival Of Souls album was the one where you can most feel his contributions out of the KISS albums that he participated on.
Kulick replied: “Well no, you are correct. I was going through a lot of changes in my life, I was going through the start of a separation and eventual separation from the woman I was married to at the time and all I wanted to do was just play my guitar and I was hungry, hungry, hungry. And I seemed to plug in to these dark, heavy riffs that I could throw at both Gene and Paul, who probably weren’t that familiar with that but had a desire to explore. So I lucked out with all these co-writes and it’s not like I didn’t contribute on other records or … I mean, that is my largest contribution as Carnival of Souls. What I’m saying is, I did throw more ideas at Revenge but I wasn’t always in the writing click at the time, Ezrin and Bob, or rather Bob and Paul, were working hard and I remember one time Ezrin hearing me play something that I worked on with my brother for something because I started it but I didn’t finish it.
“I didn’t even get a chance to get it past Gene or Paul and Ezrin said, “What’s that? I like it.” And I said, ‘Well I was hoping to have Paul or Gene finish it but it didn’t happen’. So each album, to be honest, during my years with KISS, it was always a challenge to make Gene or Paul really zone in and say, “I wanna work on that.” You don’t know what they’re going to react to, and you can’t … music is subjective in taste. Kind of like certain food and everything, you know what I mean. The choices are wide and varied, very different. Then the issue with them was, if you played something for Gene, you can’t play it for Paul. You know what I mean? It was like you had to pick and choose your battles and everything. Anyway that was always like an interesting dynamic but understandable. Groups are very much like that. Just like within a family you know, you can tell one brother one thing but you wouldn’t mention that to the other … your sister or whatever.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Kulick at Hot Metal Mag.