News of Kulick’s passing was confirmed by his brother and fellow musician, Bruce.
“I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick,” he announced via Facebook. “His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. I know he is at peace now, with my parents, playing his guitar as loud as possible. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this very sad time.”
Bob initially auditioned for Kiss in 1972, but was passed over in favor of Ace Frehley. Still, the rocker contributed to three of the band’s albums: Alive II (1977), Unmasked (1980) and Killers (1982).
In a message to the band’s official Twitter page, Kiss said they were “heartbroken” by the news of Kulick’s death. “Our deepest condolences to the Kulick family in this difficult time,” the tweet added.
Frehley contributed his own thoughts in a post to Facebook. The rocker remembered Kulick as “an excellent guitarist and studio musician who performed on many more records than I have over the years,” adding that the departed musician will be “greatly missed in the music community.”
Kulick’s further credits included Lou Reed’s Coney Island Baby (1975), Paul Stanley‘s self-titled solo album (1978) and several releases with both W.A.S.P. and Meat Loaf. He also produced Motorhead‘s 2004 cover of the Metallica song “Whiplash.” The track earned Kulick and the band a Grammy Award for ‘Best Metal Performance.’ The rocker released his lone solo LP, Skeletons in My Closet, in 2017.
As word of Kulick’s passing continued to spread, fellow musicians took to social media to share their memories and condolences.