Vinnie Vincent, the guitarist who originally replaced Ace Frehley in KISS before starting the group Vinnie Vincent Invasion, was arrested in his Rutherford County, Tennessee home yesterday after his wife Diane accused him of attacking her. Police say the 58-year-old rock allegedly hit and threw his wife to the ground, dragging her through shattered glass on the floor. Diane was eventually able to flee and drove to a police station, and when authorities picked up Vincent, they discovered “four sealed containers containing deceased dogs.”
Vincent, whose brief tenure as Kiss’ Ankh Warrior was discussed in Chuck Klosterman‘s popular book Fargo Rock City, co-wrote the majority of 1983’s Lick It Up, the first album where the legendary rock group did not wear make up, and would later sue Kiss’ Gene Simmons over song royalties and unlawful use of his image. Charged with aggravated domestic assault after last night’s incident, Vincent was reportedly released after posting $10,000 bail. As for the dogs—allegedly killed by one of the Vincents’ “more aggressive dogs”—animal services is investigating.
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one of the most interesting and poignant survivor stories we’ve heard comes to us by way of VH1’s That Metal Show, and Kiss drummer Peter Criss (aka, the one with the painted-on cat face). Breast cancer is commonly known as a women’s cancer, but Criss is part of the 1% of men who get the disease each year. In this clip, he discusses his diagnosis, surgery and his commitment to raising awareness about the disease among men.
“That’s pretty much why I’m here,” he tells the Metal Show guys. “I’d like to see some kind of change for guys. It’s 1 percent now, but trust me, if you don’t pay attention to this, [it’ll be] 2 percent, 3 percent, 4 percent and that just keeps going up. It’s a horrible disease. It’s nothing to fool around with.”
In 1979, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley had a surprise solo Top 20 hit with “New York Groove.” That same year, Kate Pierson and her fellow B-52‘s hit the top 100 with their debut single, “Rock Lobster.” Both artists were born on April 27th. Which one is older?
Pop stars collect alter egos like Mariah Carey collects shoes — there’s gotta be one for every mood. Beyonce, for example, is using “Sasha Fierce” to experiment with a harder hip-hop sound without alienating her R&B fans. “Hannah Montanah” (aka Miley Cyrus) used the angry love song “7 Things” to destroy her Disneyesque image. And even foul-mouthed Eminem felt compelled to create Slim Shady before unleashing his most violent verbal assaults. On the flip side, there’s bands like Kiss and artists like Marilyn Manson. Are their alter egos the Gothic personas they’ve created? Or have they embodied these personas for so long that they’ve ceased to be alter egos at all? Now we’ve confused ourselves. Just watch the vids …