Brulen and playing his Rickenbacker Bass
Brulen answers the most asked questions:

What's with your name?

My real name is Bruce Bierman, though along the way, I was called 'Bru' for short, or 'Beerman' or Bruman or Brumeister or just B.B., but rarely called Bruce, except for business.  I took on the name of Brulen as a pen name to pay homage to my friend John Lennon... half my name being
'Bru' + 'Len' = 'Brulen'


I heard about a CD called 'Message.'  Are you ever going to release that?

Not any time soon, if ever.  I have been asked by the John Lennon Estate not to use his music in anything I do.  I have abided by that request and fully respect the wishes of Yoko Ono.


How did you end up meeting all those rock legends?

It was all a matter of karma... and being in the right place at the right time.  I feel blessed that I've had all those opportunities and I thank everyone along the way who has been so kind and generous with their time and teaching.


Why have you kept silent for so long?

I've been pondering a way to proceed forward without infringing upon the rights of others, while still trying to bring a quality product with some great background, only to realize I've had it all the time and I never released it.  So, I've repackaged and spruced up what was already done, added some more tracks, and there we have the recipe for 'Rules Made To Be Broken.'


Have you broken any rules yourself?

I've broken a few or more here and there.  I've started airing it out on the Rules Blog... and I would love it if you'd share yours with everyone!


Are there any recordings of you and John?

Yes there are... and a few close friends have heard it, though unfortunately, I doubt it'll ever be released.


Do you ever plan to tour or play live?

Well, I haven't played in front of a live audience in quite some time and I don't currently have a band put together, but I hope that will happen in the near future.  It'd be great to play live again!


Are you still doing the debugging thing?

That's a secret.


What about photos of you and John or Jerry?

Don't have 'em.  When you're involved with a celebrity either professionally or privately, you don't show up with a camera if you want to keep your status quo.  Staying friends or keeping a professional working relationship was always of paramount importance, not trying prove anything to anyone, though I have brought a few to meet John, and some fellas came and worked for me around the Grateful Dead and Hot Tuna.


Do you have any unanswered questions?

Contact the Bru-Man and ask away!  He'll do his best to respond, or even post your questions and his answers here with your permission.

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Jim Croce
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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