INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA
Neal Smith is an American drummer, best known as a member of Alice Cooper group from 1967 to 1974. He performed on the group’s early albums PRETTIES FOR YOU and EASY ACTION, the breakout album LOVE IT TO DEATH and the subsequent successful albums KILLER, SCHOOL’S OUT, BILLION DOLLAR BABIES and MUSCLE OF LOVE. The line-up broke up in 1974, and next Smith founded the Billion Dollar Babies with former Alice Cooper group colleagues Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway along with Bob Dolin and Mike Marconi. The band released BATTLE AXE in 1977 before disbanding. Later on Smith has recorded with such bands and artists as Buck Dharma, Plasmatics, Deadringer and Cinematic. Smith and Dunaway formed Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith (BDS) which released two albums in the early 2000. In 2011, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the “Performer” category, as a member of the original Alice Cooper band. He also performed on Alice Cooper’s WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE (2011) album. Currently Smith works primarily in real estate business in New England area, but is still active in the music world as well. Among other projects he has an industrial rock project called Killsmith which released its third album KILLSMITH & THE GREENFIRE EMPIRE in late 2014. I met the legend in his office at Connecticut on last November and here’s what he had to tell about his current activities, the past and the future. Read on!
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Tags: ALICE COOPER, bob ezrin, dennis dynaway, Dick Wagner, glen buxton, kane roberts, killsmith, michael bruce, neal smith, STEVE HUNTER
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INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Current solo artist and Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known about his stunt with U.S. music icons KISS. However, there’s plenty more that he’s been involved with during his long career which originally started in the mid-70’s. Bruce did his first major tour in 1978 with Meat Loaf, together with his older brother Bob, and later on he worked with such famous names as Michael Bolton, Billy Squier and Good Rats before he was asked to join KISS and replace Mark St. John in 1984. During the next eleven years Bruce recorded altogether five studio albums with KISS including ASYLUM, CRAZY NIGHTS and REVENGE before band decided to make a reunion with the original Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss lineup in 1996. After KISS, Bruce started a brand new band called Union together with onetime Motley Crue singer John Corabi, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Jamie Hunting. Band released two highly acclaimed albums UNION (1998) and BLUE ROOM (2000) before they slowly disbanded out from the picture. In 2001 Kulick released his first solo album AUDIODOG and he also joined classic U.S rock band Grand Funk Railroad with whom he’s been playing since then. Now, ten years later, Bruce is as busy man as ever. The third solo album BK3 got released in 2010 and he’s been a part of numerous different projects including guest appearances on albums of such artists as Lordi, Shameless, Sebastian Gava, Tim Owens and his former KISS colleagues Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons solo releases. What did bring Bruce in Finland in year 2011 is another project called ESP (Eric Singer Project). The band, which consist of current KISS drummer and Bruce’s former colleague Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garrick (Alice Cooper) and another Bruce’s old mate John Corabi is a kind of “just for fun” type of band which keeps on doing small tours around the world every then and now when its members have free from their other commitments. ESP was originally formed in 1998 and they have released all covers album in late 90’s plus some live releases including DVD called LIVE AT THE MARQUEE (2005). ESP visited first time in Finland back in 2008 and they now returned to play again in the front of fanatic KISS ARMY FINLAND in Nosturi in Helsinki. Bruce was kind enough to give some time for us and tell all the latest news but also lot of interesting stories from the past including his early career, the state of Union and, of course, lots of interesting KISS stories and much more. Read on!
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Tags: ACE FREHLEY, bob ezrin, Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer, Grand Funk Railroad, john corabi. michael bolton, Kiss, Paul Stanley, peter criss, Tommy Thayer, Union
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