Bob Kulick states he got KISS gig for Bruce Kulick & will not be taking legal action for copyright infringement
Guitarist Bob Kulick was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay for Canada’s The Metal Voice after claiming two days ago that his brother / former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick along with KISS founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and KISS associate Keith Leroux, had committed copyright infringement over the sale of certain merchandise.
In terms of his alleged copyright infringement claims against his brother Bruce and others, Bob Kulick indicated (with slight edits): “The only way that I will contest this is through the court of public opinion. Based upon my lawyers’ assessment, it makes no sense to spend money chasing dishonourable people. This is how it went. Bruce came to me and said ‘I’ve found somebody who could do a design for us but you would have to pay half (which was $750.00) to get it going’, so I did that….
Keith Leroux who is one of Kiss‘ confidants is also in charge of some of the concert packages where he takes photos of the people who were paying an exorbitant amount of money to be able to stand on the stage where the band Kiss is gonna stand. Keith Leroux is an arrogant person who has decided that he can do what he wants when he wants to do it and his company KISS Army Warehouse has obtained from my brother merchandise that I didn’t even have. Like for instances, I don’t even have a ball cap as part of our merch standards. I don’t know when they did that? Some photos I obviously I signed but I didn’t give anybody permission to put them on KISS Army Warehouse website and have them sold without permission, with an agreement how much they are selling these for and what is my share. And since I’m out of pocket $750 who is going to reimburse that amount?
I mean it’s just as simple as that you know, it’s a business selling a shirt, like selling a car. I’m not talking about suing anybody I’m not talking about legal action. I am about to play the game with these people who after 46 years have showed me very little respect for what I’ve done. I’m not paying one penny to do anything legal to these people because it’s not worth it to get into a circumstance where they will immediately do what they’ve always done, which is to see whose pockets are deeper. I’m not saying there’s any money owed to me other than what’s owed to me from this merchandise, that’s all and how much could it be? I’m just being honest it’s a copyright infringement. This is mainly being done not to collect the money that they owe me. This is not about that what it’s about is respect. Sometimes you have to show people that they need to respect. I’m a Grammy award-winning producer with 17 platinum or gold records I played lead guitar on a number-one hit single Diana Ross‘ ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.”
In terms of getting his brother Bruce in KISS, Bob Kulick stated: “As I told Meatloaf back in the day when we auditioned my brother and I. They wanted me. They knew I had played with Alice Cooper and that I’d had experience. They didn’t think my brother was that great and they told me they had somebody else they wanted to take and have me work with them. I made it clear it’s the Kulick brothers or not at all and I’ve done that for him throughout his career in mine. Same with Kiss. ‘Uh-oh, looks like Vinnie Vincent is leaving you should call my brother.’ Gene said ‘He’s got a mustache.’ I said ‘He could shave [it].’ A year later, Paul Stanley [is] calling me while I’m in London with Meatloaf, ‘Uh, do you have your brother’s number. Yeah, uh, we’re thinking about having him come and fill in for Mark St John.’ ‘Oh really, fill in for Mark huh. Why don’t you just hire him like I told you? He should be in the band. What are you doing?’
Who got Bruce that gig with Kiss, me and the fact that his talent was like mine. Somebody who could really play. So I’m insulted and hurt that after all that I’ve done for my brother that he’s selling merchandise with my name on it without paying me and not talking to me and then getting a restraining order cuz he doesn’t want to hear the truth of me calling or texting or emailing him. Hey no matter what, we’re brothers. The only brother I have. There’s nobody left in my family. Our parents are gone and I dare say if my mom was alive, he wouldn’t have dared done anything like this because she would have kicked his ass. My mom took no shit from anybody like me not gonna take shit from anybody.
People showed their true colors. He’s an ingrate. I did everything for him and he never returned the favour. All those records that I produced, I always made sure that I hired Bruce to play so we could have a good time and we lived those moments when we were kids. And we’d just play out of sheer love just being able to jam and listen to Leslie West play and be shown some of the licks or hidden, figuring out something and showing me. It was a great time before he was ‘Kissed’, before he was blessed with being in this band. Blessed, I’m not sure I would say blessed any longer. Bruce is still in communication with Kiss and still checks with them that ‘Is it okay, if I do this that or the other thing’ and they may call upon him to come in and play a bass on something or whatever it is. It’s kind of a loose relationship where he feels that there’s still money to be milked from these people and that he’s not gonna miss any of it.”
You can read other excerpts of the interview with Bob Kulick at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below:
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