Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent arrested for domestic violence

According the Rolling Stone and other sources, former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested on Saturday in Tennessee for allegedly assaulting his wife and keeping the corpses of four dogs in containers at home. Vincent's wife, Diane Cusano (Cusano being Vinne's real last name), had rushed over to a Rutherford County Sheriff's office. Reports say that Mrs. Cusano smelt of alcohol and was covered in blood. Apparently, Vincent had smacked his wife and pulled her hair. He also thrown his wife to the ground, dragging her in a pile of broken glass. Cusano also said that the dead dogs were killed by their more aggressive dogs. Deputies who investigated the house did find the dead dogs. Cusano is healing from her wounds after being taken care of and the Rutherford Animal Welfare officers came to the house to investigate. Vincent was booked into the Rutherford County Detention Center at 11:30 pm on Saturday and was release 12 hours later after posting a $10,000 bond. Vincent is scheduled to appear at court on June 23. Vincent joined Kiss in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. Vincent's character was the Egytian Warrior when he went on tour with Kiss on their tour for the Creatures of the Night album, which Vincent had co-written most of the songs for. The band removed the make-up in 1983 with the release of Lick It Up, which saw Vincent taking co-writer credit for eight of the album's ten songs. Vincent was fired in 1984 due to personal conflicts in the band. Vincent later formed the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, which lasted from 1986 to 1988.

I'll be honest: This news shook me a bit. Vinnie has been staying quiet for years. He did make his last public appearances around 1996 and 1997 at several Kiss Expos. Other than that, he's been suing Gene and Paul continuously since he says he isn't getting royalites for the songs he wrote with Kiss (Gene was quoted to saying that Vinnie never signed a contract to join Kiss, therefore making him an unofficial member in legal terms). I've read a bunch of things on Vinnie and get the feeling that the guy is a bit of an oddball. Still, I wish the best of luck to Vinnie. Hopefully, things will get better for him.

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