John Corabi Says Suffering The Same Fate With Bruce Kulick Brought Them Closer
In a recent interview with The Art and Wine Channel’s Pablo Sanchez, the former Mötley Crüe frontman John Corabi shared how he and former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick got in touch and became close friends due to their similar life experiences.
The two musicians went through significant life changes around the same time and bonded through the shared pain of the unknown after their gigs with major bands, KISS and Mötley Crüe, came to an end. However, fate was on their side as the duo had fantastic chemistry right off the bat, and after an impromptu jam session, they decided to form Union.
However, the reality of starting from scratch caught them off guard as they were used to playing on the world’s biggest stages with KISS and Mötley Crüe. Even though they were playing in clubs and smaller venues than they were used to, the small fanbase that showed up as the ‘Union Work Force’ allowed them to create the grittiest tours of their careers. However, without the support of a major label, the band couldn’t reach its full potential and had to lay the band to rest.
John Corabi recently shared the story of how he and Bruce Kulick became close friends. Corabi stated that he and Kulick were going through similar life experiences simultaneously. He had just lost his spot as the frontman for Mötley Crüe, and Kulick had lost his place as the lead guitarist for KISS. They both were in troubled waters regarding their love lives and were petrified of the future, so they decided to come together and see whether they would hit it off.
They got together and had a long chat before actually working on anything. John described the experience as therapy, where they laid out their dirty laundry, which enabled them to quickly form a bond. Corabi recalled the first song they wrote together, which was ‘Around Again.’ He added that making music was relatively easy for the duo after they became close.
John Corabi’s words about how he and Bruce Kulick became close:
“It was funny with the Union; we were both going through the same things simultaneously, as he had just lost the Kiss gig. I just lost the Mötley gig; we were going through some personal stuff with our wives and girlfriends that were very similar. We were very nervous about what the future held for us. I don’t know if Bruce called me or I called him, but we talked on the phone and just said, ‘Hey, you know, let’s get together and write and just see how it goes.’
I went to Bruce’s house and sat down and talked for probably an hour before we even played music because he’s like, ‘Oh, you know, no KISS gig,’ and I’m like, ‘No Mötley gig. You know my wife left me,’ and ‘My girlfriend left me,’ and it was therapy, and then we sat down and wrote the first song we ever wrote together. It was a song on the first record called ‘Around Again,’ and we went out that was pretty easy.”
You can watch the interview below.