Bob Kulick defects; a Taoist proverb & KISStoric prediction

Everyone’s already chimed in or are fixin’ to, so here’s this KISStorian’s 10 cents and a Taoist proverb for Bob Kulick that might have helped, and a semi-wack prediction end of article, cheers y’all!

So ….had Bob bit his tongue, perhaps KISS do exactly what he issued as a demand and record something with him in the way of a ‘End Of The Road’ song to accompany the bands pre-orchestrated ‘swan song” (even if I already did!)? I don’t want to pile on but, as I see it, anything can, or could have happened when it comes to KISS but Bob may have just let horse out of the barn, for good, and it’s truly spooked. For lack of greater clarity, and in search of wisdom, I submit this Taoist proverb I came across randomly earlier in the week; please forgive my paraphrasing it here:

A Farmer’s horse runs away — the next day everyone the village comes to see the Farmer, offering their condolences — “What a stroke of bad luck your only horse ran away” — the Farmer replied simply “Maybe”.

The next day, the Farmers’ horse returns with 6 other horses and the same villagers come to him to say “What a stroke of luck your only horse, who ran away, returned with all these horses for you!” — the Farmer replied simply ‘Maybe”.

The next day, the Farmer’s son tried to ride one of the new horses but was felled and broke his leg — The villagers all came through again offering “what a stroke of bad luck your son broke his leg trying to ride one of your new (gift) horses!” — the Farmer simply replied “Maybe”.

The next day, a government official comes to the Farmers door to Conscript his son into the Army  but could not he because he now has a broken leg and so cannot serve. The villagers all came bye to the visit the Farmer again, now exclaiming “what an incredible stroke of luck your son broke his leg and so cannot be Conscripted into the Army after all!?! — The Farmer simply replied “Maybe”.

Had Bob held off, who knows, ‘maybe’ Gene Simmons & Stanley would have made it up to him in some way? In a different scenario, ‘maybe’ cooler heads prevail and Bruce Kulick just tells KISS that his brother Bob, ousted from a band he helped put together for the KISS Kruise, “is really bummed out”?!? ‘Maybe’ it stays in house, and Gene & Paul right the apparent wrong before too long?

Wishful thinking? Maybe ….but I do think there may be some key info missing from the story here: primarily what Bob actually said to Bruce, and perhaps what else is going on behind the KISS end-game scenes?

Here’s my guess, at 50,000 feet:  Singer/bassist Todd Kerns, from this same semi-ill-fated KISS/Kulick Kruise band, ends up actually replacing Paul Stanley on the the very end of the ‘End of The Road Tour’ and Paul, ever living to win, gets the last laugh by looking the most magnanimous and honest of KISS’s off-the-richter-scale egos?

Wonder who is gonna get the Demon’s boots? –

Three Sides Of The Coin re-unites KISS Army

three sides of the coin Oh, the power of the world-wide web. Three Sides Of The Coin, a 3-person hosted, low-fi, webcam podcast available on iTunes, their Youtube channel et al just celebrated their 50th episode and are hands down the definitive KISS podcast. If you live under a rock or just discovered Kiss, then take a deep breath and start working your way through their archive and CHOOSE ONE!  In a fractured ranks divided into many camps, Three Sides Of The Coin bridges the gaps and goes into the void, fists up, mending fences and finding common ground in understanding KISStory.

Since starting their three-sided fanatical volleys have been shared lovingly by, the Kiss fans long-standing stand-bye. Each show is just over an hour or so and they also have had some amazing ‘well-in-the-kno’ exclusive guests and, in a very short time, have managed to provide a one-stop-shop for the real deal in a no spin zone the descerning fan can appreciate.

The 3-Kissketeers, which includes the increasingly giddy renown rock critic Mitch Lafon, former founder with the actual band KISS / marketing guru Michael Brandvold and, for no reason immediately apparent, Tommy Sommers, a regular guy real estate agent from Minnesota who brings it all down to earth here and there with the occasionally necessary “what a minute, can you explain?”

largeIt all just works very well. They get along but also aren’t afraid to disagree and each has a unique perspective that works great in the simple three-window format which, to their credit, they could have done online without the visual. But instead, they bring us into their worlds in a format that makes it pretty hard to hide your feelings once you have watched someone for a bit. But, in their defense, there is so much to argue about!! And they do it for no other reason than that they are fans and what we get (for free it should be noted) is a glorious weekly intrusion into the psyche of three Kiss fans beyond help on the eve of what looks like Kiss’s induction finally into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a possible re-union of the four original cats no less!

I imagine mega-fans of other mega-bands would do well to take note of the simple formula as a solid template. Our undaunted brethren have covered a lot of ground already but I am hopeful they can keep it rolling as long as they can stand because it’s helping LOL!!!  Not to diminish some of the great stuff that folks like, and and others have done, but for me Three Sides Of The Coin has managed to capture what it is to be a card-carrying KissArmy member and deliver hot content week after week, especially with the enthralling guest segments like epsiode #50 with That Metal Show host on VH1Classic Eddie Truck.

Or watch this episode in which the boys “sit down” as it were with the first KISS (former) member Bruce Kulick to recognize the show for what is: perhaps the best place to talk Kiss and reach the real fans. My guess is it won’t long before each band member is coming on the show and my guess is the next man up will be either Ace himself or the new ‘Spaceman’, Tommy Thayer, who recently sent in a note to the guys that they read on the show. How would be cool to hear Tommy actually talk and see him interact so we can get to know him a bit more, or Eric Singer for that matter?