Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick Turns “Detroit Rock City” into Swinging Jazz

Kiss recorded “Detroit Rock City” for their 1976 album Destroyer, and the song has become a classic. Over the years, it’s been covered in many different styles, ranging from metal to ska to bluegrass.

Now the song has entered the jazz world, thanks to former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick. Over the weekend of December 3, the axman was the special guest of the long-running Los Angeles-based band Nutty, which is known for transforming classic-rock songs with jazz arrangements.

The group’s previous interpretations have included Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” Aerosmith’s “Same Old Song and Dance” and Van Halen’s “Runnin’ with the Devil,” all of which are on the group’s 2012 album, Jetsetter Jazz!

You can check out the results of their effort with Kulick below. The guitarist certainly holds his own with the group, demonstrating a side of his playing he never could have during his 12 years with Kiss. Check out his solo starting around the 1:35 mark. Kulick will be back on the road in January with Grand Funk Railroad, whom he joined after leaving Kiss in 2000.

Incidentally, folks, if you’re making a video of a large ensemble, please turn your cellphone sideways. Thanks.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.