Bob Kulick Out of Kiss Kruise, Vinnie Vincent Joins Pre-party
The highly anticipated reunion of brothers Bruce and Bob Kulick at next month’s Kiss Kruise is off after Bob said he wouldn’t be taking part.
Meanwhile, VInnie Vincent announced that he would take part in the Kruise pre-party, playing a handful of songs ahead of his previously announced return-to-stage shows in December.
Bruce Kulick, a former lead guitarist with Kiss, and his brother Bob, who spent 12 years collaborating with the band in the studio, hadn’t performed a full show together until last year’s Kruise. Bruce later described it as “a gig I’ll never forget,” and hoped for further appearances together. Their return for this year’s sea-bound festival was then confirmed in January.
“Since the success of our Kiss Kruise 7 & Indy Expo performances, I had hoped that the Kulick Brothers could play more shows together,” Bob wrote in a statement released on Mitch Lafon’s Facebook page. “Many of you have asked why I will not be appearing on KISS Kruise 8 and give you a repeat performance of last years epic show. Unfortunately due to a contractual dispute that couldn’t be resolved, I will not be on KK8.”
He explained that he’d appear at the pre-party on Oct. 30 with “a special surprise for all you Kiss fans.” “Hopefully in the future there will be other opportunities for Bruce and I to share the stage," he said.
Vincent’s appearance at the party was also confirmed for two meet-and-greet events on Oct. 29 and 30; he'll also be a guest guitarist with Four by Fate on the night of Oct. 30. Organizers said fans could expect to hear Vincent playing electric guitar with the band for a handful of songs. The performance comes before his first two full shows in three decades, when he’ll take the stage at Graceland in Memphis on Dec. 7 and 8.
The eighth Kiss Kruise sails from Miami to Key West and Nassau from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. Full details are available on the event's website.