VINNIE VINCENT confirmed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame appearance Print
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:01



Former KISS guitarist VINNIE VINCENT has been confirmed to appear at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.... but not as you'd expect.


While KISS are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 10, controversy has surrounded both the Hall of Fame's decision to honour just the four original KISS band members - Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss - and the band's decision to not play live at the ceremony following a war of words concerning the appearance of Criss and Frehley.


Paul Stanley has gone on record to state that he felt other members of KISS should have been inducted, referring to the current line-up of the band which features drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer wearing the cat and spaceman make-up originally worn by Criss and Frehley. With the deaths of former drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Mark St. John, that just leaves former six-stringers Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent...seemingly out of the award equation on all sides.


Now TMZ are reporting that Vincent, who first appeared, albeit originally uncredited, on the band's 1982 album 'Creatures Of The Night', has found a novel way of appearing at the award ceremony...and his former bandmates can do little about it.


The guitarist, who became an official member of the band following the departure of Ace Frehley, wore the infamous ankh across his face before KISS 'unmasked' for 1983 album, 'Lick It Up'. The guitarist would eventually be 'let go' by Simmons and Stanley, to be replaced by the ill-fated St. John. Vincent - real name Vincent Cusano - would then team up with bassist Dana Strum, drummer Bobby Rock and former Journey vocalist Robert Fleischman to form the Vinnie Vincent Invasion and release a lauded, self-titled debut album. Fleischman was replaced by Mark Slaughter and a second album, 'All Systems Go', was released before the singer and Strum (and Rock, initially) split with the axeman to form Slaughter.


Vincent would work once again with KISS, writing three songs on the band's 1992 record 'Revenge', before controversy came a-knocking at his door in the form of an aggravated assault charge in May 2011. Charged with spousal abuse after dragging his wife through shards of glass at their Tennessee home following a fight, police officers found four dead dogs packed in plastic containers on his property, Vinnie's reputation, already deemed difficult, now forever tainted.


Or so it seemed....


Now TMZ reports that Vincent is set to appear at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Daryl Hall as fellow Class of 2014 inductees Hall and Oates find themselves in the midst of the kind of band infighting that has soured this year's ceremony before it has even begun.




Daryl Hall and John Oates, who released their debut album, 'Whole Oats', in 1972, have been at odds since being nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame last year. Hall has insisted that Oates grow back his trademark moustache for the award ceremony, with the now facial hair-free musician refusing to play ball, stating that "looking like a member of the Village People is so 1990." This stance has resulted in a bitter stand-off which, it now looks likely, will result in both Daryl and John appearing onstage to collect their awards, yet just Hall performing live. But who could possibly take John Oates' place alongside the mulleted pop rock icon?


Enter Vinnie Vincent.


Yes, the former KISS guitarist is set to do what Ace Frehley and Peter Criss couldn't - appear on stage on the day that KISS finally gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


TMZ is in possession of a photograph (seen below) that appears to show Vincent and Hall in rehearsal for the ceremony's live performance. Insiders claim that the unlikely duo, backed by the regular Hall and Oates backing band, will perform the 1984 hit single 'Out of Touch', surely a subtle jab at the pair's troubles with former bandmates.


"Some things are better left unsaid," was all Hall would muster when confronted by a TMZ insider after the dress rehearsal. Vincent was unavailable to comment, though his sponsors Tuppaware suggested that an official statement would be forthcoming later this week.