Bruce Kulick Joins Kiss 30 Years Ago

An unmasked Bruce Kulick joined Kiss 30 years ago this month.

Barely 24 hours after officially joining the band, Bruce Kulick took the stage with Kiss on December 8, 1984 for the filming of Animalize Live-Uncensored at Detroit's Cobo Hall. The concert later aired on MTV, and was released on video in April 1985.

One of only two Kiss guitarists to never wear make-up — and the first to be billed under his actual birth name — Kulick played on five Kiss studio albums: Asylum, Crazy Nights, Hot in the Shade, Revenge, and Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions. He also appeared on Alive III and Kiss Unplugged. His 12-year stint in the band also makes Kulick the longest tenured member of Kiss, aside from the original foursome and Eric Singer.

Kulick officially left Kiss in 1996, forming the band Union with John Corabi, Jamie Hunting, and Brent Fitz (who has been Slash's recording and touring drummer since 2010). In addition to three solo albums, Kulick has been the lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad since 2001, and, although not officially inducted, he was an honored guest at last year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony for Kiss. Thirty years to the day later, he still maintains friendly relations with his former bandmates.

See the December 8, 1984 Animalize show in all it's uncensored glory here...