Whatever Happened To Former KISS Guitarist Vinnie Vincent?

Vinnie Vincent's mug shot from 2011.

Vinnie Vincent’s mug shot from 2011.

Vinnie Vincent, the former KISS guitarist, has been a bit of an enigma in recent years. After his split with his KISS after 1984’s Lick It Up Tour, the guitarist formed his own band, the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. The Invasion released two albums before breaking up in 1989.   In 1996, he released a solo EP but since then has been largely out of the public eye (apart from the occasional lawsuit with his ex-bandmates in KISS).

On May 22, 2011, he made national news by being arrested for aggravated domestic assault, when he allegedly slapped his wife, grabbed her hair and dragged her through broken glass at their home at 612 Forrest View Drive in Smyrna, Tennessee home (just outside of Nashville). He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond. But the tale gets weirder – upon entering the guitar hero’s house, the cops discovered four dead dogs in sealed containers. Vincent claimed that some of their larger dogs had killed these smaller ones and that bad weather had delayed their burials. Vincent apparently had rescued around 20 dogs from abusive homes. No animal cruelty charges were filed. Unfortunately, in January of 2014, Vinnie’s wife died and Vinnie apparently moved out of their Smyrna, Tennessee home. The house is currently under renovations and the tall security fence that Vinnie had put up has been taken down. No word has been heard from Vincent since.  Let’s hope the next time we do hear from him will be in the form of new music and not on TMZ!

Required Listening:

  1. Lick It Up
  2. All Hell’s Breaking Loose
  3. A Million To One
  4. That Time Of Year
  5. Back On The Streets



Vinnie Vincent's Smyrna, Tennessee home with the high security fence during the time he lived there.

Vinnie Vincent’s Smyrna, Tennessee home with the high security fence during the time he lived there.

 

The house in 2015, unoccupied and going through renovations.

The house in 2015, unoccupied and going through renovations.

 

Another shot of the house in 2015, unoccupied and going through renovations.

Another shot of the house in 2015, unoccupied and going through renovations.

 

Map of Vinnie Vincent's former home

Map of Vinnie Vincent’s former home.