I just got through watching the video for ‘Love Kills’ by the Vinnie Vincent Invasion on VH-1 Classic, that is a damn good song!
I am one of those KISS fans that appreciate Vinnie Vincent. I take a lot of crap for that because many KISS fans believe the propaganda from Mr. Simmons and Mr. Stanley that Vinnie was a greedy egomaniac. While the truth will never truly be told about what went on behind the scenes in KISS with him on lead guitar, I maintain that Vinnie Vincent was vital to KISS’ resurgence in the early ’80s.
The guy can write good songs, bottom line. Take a look at the credits for Creatures Of The Night and Lick It Up, Vinnie co-wrote on some of the best songs on each album. Vinnie also shreds with the best of them. I don’t prefer the “frenzied finger attack” that shredders use but Vinnie Vincent was able to play ballsy and simple as much as he played over-the-top. The guy comes up with some truly unique leads and solos. Take a listen to the first Vinnie Vincent Invasion album to see what I mean. The follow-up, All Systems Go, is even better, one of the most underrated albums from the late ’80s.
So where is he? Where is Vinnie Vincent?
I have no idea, he has been out of the spotlight since 1989. Vinnie did show up briefly when he sued Gene and Paul for unpaid KISS royalties and he was also in the news when his wife was reported missing and, unfortunately, found murdered. On a more positive note, Vinnie did co-write a few songs with Gene Simmons on KISS’ 1992 comeback album, Revenge. (NOTE: If Vinnie is such a band pariah, why did Gene & Paul bring the guy in to write for a new KISS album, one that showcased a stronger and harder KISS).
If anyone has any further info, I’d appreciate it. In the meantime, head to the Pyromessiah website and check it out.