Brulen and playing his Rickenbacker Bass
Brulen started breaking the rules long ago.  And he's still breaking the rules!

Brulen Photo by Leslie Bohm PhotographyAmong those are restarting his music career at over fifty, moving ahead regardless of what record labels may say, and taking shelved tracks and freshening them up, then releasing them.

In 1989, old friend Hot Tuna drummer Sammy Piazza convinced his friend 'Bru' to record material he had been holding onto for several years.

Brulen (Bruce Bierman) enlisted a band of veteran professionals, hired five world-class recording studios and began a recording project where he would personally expend over $200,000, all while he was traveling between the USA, Europe and Hong Kong for his computer business, while simultaneously moonlighting as a counter-surveillance anti-spy!

Producing and performing himself, and recruiting musicians like Ross Valory of Journey, Bill Gibson of Huey Lewis and The News, Karl Sevareid of The Robert Cray Band, Steve Kimock of SKB, and engineers Mark Needham (known for his work with Chris Isaak) and Moira Marquis (known for her work with James Taylor), Brulen engaged state-of-the-art recording facilities including George Lucas' Lucasfilm Skywalker Sound at the Lucas Ranch in Marin County, Fantasy Studios of Berkley, California, Hyde Street Studios, Studio D Recording and Prairie Sun Recording, all in the San Francisco Bay Area, and mastered it at the finest... Bernie Grundman Mastering.

The result was a finished album, never released, having been subsequently rejected by every major record label.  Brulen shelved the entire project until now, adding two more cuts to the already eight completed tracks.  Composed with 'a little help from a friend,' "Little Bird" and "Was It You" are produced, engineered and multi-track performed by Brulen in entirety.

Digitally re-mastered with Brulen singing all new lead vocals, this new CD entitled 'Rules Made To Be Broken' will finally be released.   This is probably one of the longest drawn out projects ever to be accomplished, taking more than seventeen years from start to finish, though the actual recording time was almost two years.

Brulen has been so busy with his other careers that he has never had the time to concentrate on this one.  Read all about Brulen's multiple careers in the Bio.  Now that Brulen has dedicated his life to music, he will release this and other very special projects in the future.

A recent CD entitled 'Message' has never been released at the request of the John Lennon Estate.  Thus, Brulen has abandoned pursuing that material and is directed on a new musical path, beginning with 'Rules.'

Though the finishing touches are still in progress, the final result can later be heard here.  MP3 Downloads will soon be available, but the final release is slated for later this year... certainly worth the wait after all this time!

To have a bit of fun, and to make a statement about rules that exist, written or unspoken, a blog has been up where you can share your 'Rules Made to Be Broken' on the Rules Blog.  Everyone breaks rules, and there are rules that certainly should be changed.  Here's a great platform to speak out and right the wrongs!

And, while you wait, please enjoy this new Brulen website or visit his 'other' sites at NewLennon.com, or sign a petition to get John Lennon on a United States Postage Stamp!

Many thanks for taking the time to visit and please comeback real soon!

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The Guest List

John Lennon
George Harrison
Jerry Garcia
Brent Mydland
Spencer Dryden
Stu Blank
Dean Martin
Sammy Davis Jr.
Frank Sinatra
Elvis Presley
Jim Morrison
Billie Holiday
Jim Croce
Rick Nelson
Buddy Holly
Jimi Hendrix
Marvin Gaye
Billy Preston
Roy Orbison
John Denver
Maurice Gibb
Bobby Darin
Freddie Mercury
Stu Sutcliffe