Bruce Kulick And John Corabi Reflect On Their Past With KISS And Mötley Crüe
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and former Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi came together for an interview for Ultimate Classic Rock and reflected on their time in the two bands.
Bruce Kulick joined KISS in 1984 as the lead guitarist to replace Mark St. John, who left the band due to his diagnosis of reactive arthritis. He stayed in the band until 1996 and contributed to the five KISS studio albums. Later on, when Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley thought that Tommy Thayer would be a better option for the band, Kulick officially left KISS.
John Corabi, on the other hand, joined Mötley Crüe as the lead singer replacing Vince Neil in 1992. He sang on the band’s self-titled album released in 1994. However, when Mötley Crüe’s record label refused to fund the band’s new album unless they took Vince Neil back, Corabi departed in 1997.
Kulick and Corabi decided to come together and form a new band after leaving KISS and Mötley Crüe. They formed Union in 1997 and released their self-titled debut album in 1998. The album was supported by releasing two singles, ‘Old Man Wise’ and ‘October Morning Wind.’ It was still a modest success despite their lack of resources. The debut album was followed by their second record, ‘The Blue Room,‘ released in 2000.
The band recently announced that their two albums have been reissued on 180 gram vinyl with bonus material and will be available for the fans soon. During the interview, Kulick and Corabi reflected on these new releases and their time in KISS and Mötley Crüe. They both said they are proud of their careers and sure had fun. However, the musicians ultimately realized that they were at the right place at the wrong time.
Bruce Kulick speaking on his time in KISS:
“You always have your resume with you. We could try to not mention KISS or Mötley Crüe, but everyone’s going to know.”
John Corabi added:
“It was a great band. We had fun, but it was just that thing where we were at the right place at the wrong time.“
You can listen to the Union’s two albums below.