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Happy birthday, Vinnie Vincent

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Vinnie Vincent,The Ankh Warrior (KISS)

Vinnie Vincent,The Ankh Warrior (KISS)

Happy birthday, Vinnie Vincent...
Born Vincent John Cusano on August 6 1952 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S., Vinnie Vincent is a musician and songwriter mostly known as a former member of Kiss and as the leader of Vinie Vincent Invasion.
Inspired by rock and roll and bluegrass, he began learning to play guitar when he was just a child. During the 70s, he played with several bands such as Heat, Warrior, Hitchhikers...
In 1978, he played rhythm and acoustic guitar, and tambourine, and sang backing vocals on Dan Hartman's album Instant Replay.
He moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a staff songwriter for the television series Joanie Loves Chachi and Happy Days, in 1980.
In 1982, Adam Mitchell introduced Vinnie Vincent to Kiss. He quickly got on well with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, and was accepted as Ace Frehley's replacement.
Although he is not credited on the album, Vinnie played the lead guitar on six of the nine tracks of Creatures of the Night (1982).
It's only in December 1982, at the beginning of the band's 10th Anniversary Tour, that he officially joined Kiss (lineup: Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Vinnie Vincent (lead guitar, backing vocals), Gene Simmons (bass, lead vocals), Eric Carr (drums, vocals)).
His stage persona, sometimes called The Ankh Warrior, was The Wiz (The Wizard).
Yet, disputes about money and Vinnie's role in the band deteriorated his relation with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.
Vinnie was fired from the band by the end of the Creature of the Night/10th Anniversary Tour but he was hired again for the recording of Lick It Up because the band couldn't find a new guitarist in a so short time.
Lick It Up, released in 1983, marks the beginning of the "no makeup" era.
During the Lick It Up tour, tensions between Vinnie and Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons occured again, and Vinnie was fired after the end of the tour in 1984. He was replaced by Mark St. John.
The same year, Vinnie formed his own band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion (original lineup: Robert Fleischman (lead vocals), Vinnie Vincent (guitars, backing vocals), Dana Strum (bass, backing vocals), Bobby Rock (drums)).
The band released its debut album, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, in 1986.
Soon after, Robert Fleischman left the band and was replaced by Mark Slaughter.
The band's last album, All Systems Go, was released in 1988.
The band broke up in 1989 after that Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum, tired of Vinnie's attitude, had left to form their own band, Slaughter.
Vinnie worked again with Kiss as a songwriter for the album Revenge released in 1992.
In 1996, he released a solo EP, Euphoria, with Vinnie Vincent Invasion's original singer Robert Fleischman.
In 2008, KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent, was released. The album features several artists such as Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion), T. J. Racer (Nitro), and Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) covering songs from Vinnie's career with Kiss and songs of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Vinnie Vincent!

Vinnie Vincent (mugshot Rutherford County Sheriff)

Vinnie Vincent (mugshot Rutherford County Sheriff)

Vinnie Vincent, TV interviews - Expo Malmö sweden (1996)

Vinnie Vincent, TV interviews - Expo Malmö sweden (1996)

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Vinnie Vincent ...
Né Vincent John Cusano le 6 août 1952 à Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S., Vinnie Vincent est un musicien et auteur-compositeur mieux connu en tant qu'ancien membre de Kiss et leader du groupe Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
Inspiré par le rock and roll et le bluegrass, il commence à apprendre à jouer de la guitare quand il est enfant. Pendant les années 70s, il joue avec plusieurs groupes comme Heat, Warrior, Hitchhikers...
En 1978, il joue de la guitare rythmique, de la guitare acoustique et du tambourin, et il chante les choeurs sur l'album Instant Replay de Dan Harman.
Il déménage à Los Angeles, où il travaille en tant qu'auteur-compositeurpour les séries télévisées Joanie Loves Chachi et Happy Days, en 1980.
En 1982, Adam Mitchell présente Vinnie Vincent à Kiss. Il s'entend rapidement avec Paul Stanley et Gene Simmons, et est accepté pour remplacer Ace Frehley.
Bien qu'il ne soit pas crédité sur l'album, Vinnie joue la lead guitare sur six des neuf pistes de Creatures of the Night (1982).
Ce n'est qu'en décembre 1982, au début de la tournée du dixième anniversaire du groupe, qu'il rejoint Kiss de façon officielle (lineup: Paul Stanley (guitare rythmique, chant), Vinnie Vincent (lead guitare, choeur), Gene Simmons (basse, chant), Eric Carr (batterie, chant)).
Son personnage de scène, parfois appelé The Ankh Warrior, est The Wiz (The Wizard : le sorcier).
Cependant, des disputes à propos d'argent et de la place de Vinnie dans le groupe détériorent sa relation avec Paul Stanley et Gene Simmons.
Vinnie est viré du groupe à la fin de la tournée Creature of the Night/10th Anniversary Tour mais il est réengagé pour l'enregistrement de Lick It Up car le groupe n'a pas pu trouver de nouveau guitariste en un laps de temps aussi court.
Lick It Up, sorti en 1983, marque le début de la période "démaquillée" de Kiss.
Pendant le tournée Lick It Up, des tensions entre Vinnie et Paul Stanley et Gene Simmons apparaissent à nouveau, et Vinnie se fait renvoyé du groupe à la fin de la tournée en 1984. Il est remplacé par Mark St. John.
La même année, Vinnie forme son propre groupe, Vinnie Vincent Invasion (lineup original : Robert Fleischman (chant), Vinnie Vincent (guitares, choeur), Dana Strum (basse, choeur), Bobby Rock (batterie)).
Le groupe sort son premier album, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, en 1986.
Peu après, Robert Fleischman quitte le groupe et est remplacé par Mark Slaughter.
Le dernier album du groupe, All Systems Go, sort en 1988.
Le groupe se sépare en 1989 après que Mark Slaughter et Dana Strum, fatigués de l'attitude de Vinnie, aient quitté le groupe pour former leur propre groupe, Slaughter.
Vinnie travaille à nouveau avec Kiss en tant qu'auteur-compositeur sur l'album Revenge sorti en 1992.
En 1996, il sort un EP solo, Euphoria, avec le chnateur original de Vinnie Vincent Invasion Robert Fleischman.
En 2008 sort KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent. L'album comporte de nombreux artistes comme Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion), T. J. Racer (Nitro), et Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) reprenant des chansons de la carrière de Vinnie avec Kiss et des chansons de Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Vinnie Vincent !]

Vinnie Vincent

Vinnie Vincent

Vinnie Vincent (Chrysalis)

Vinnie Vincent (Chrysalis)

Vinnie Vincent (Chrysalis)

Vinnie Vincent (Chrysalis)

Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Vinnie Vincent, Creatures Of The Night Tour - Canada (January 14, 1983)

Vinnie Vincent, Creatures Of The Night Tour - Canada (January 14, 1983)

Vinnie Vincent, Creatures Of The Night Tour (1983)

Vinnie Vincent, Creatures Of The Night Tour (1983)

Vinnie Vincent, Creatures Of The Night Tour (1983)

Vinnie Vincent, Creatures Of The Night Tour (1983)

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