“I was young, I had never been in the studio, and I had no idea what to expect…I took a lot of inspiration from Tom Scholz’s ’board”: Grand Funk Railroad’s new guitarist Mark Chatfield goes way back with the band

Mark Chatfield
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Followers of Grand Funk Railroad will be aware that Bruce Kulick – who joined in 2000, four years after being jettisoned from Kiss – vacated his post in January 2024.

“I will forever cherish my time in Grand Funk these past 23 years,” he said at the time. “It was a great opportunity for my career and performing powerful classic hits with Don Brewer and Mel Schacher was a thrill for me.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.