Vinnie Vincent


The Metal Voice: Carmine Appice & Jim Crean

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Jimmy Kay
from The Metal Voice ( talks to legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Blue Murder) and singer Jim Crean (Hair Nation, Appice Brothers) about Vinnie Vincent's  Nashville's show cancellations claims on February 8-9 2019. Carmine and Crean correct Vincent's claims on why the show were cancelled and who cancelled them

Watch the Show  Here  (sorry for the feedback sound)

When asked about  the recent claims by Vinnie Vincent that his promoter was to blame for the recent cancellations of the show in Nashville and Vincent's disapproval of the choice in singer  
"The promoter did nothing but try his best to make these gigs happen. The promoter Derek Christopher hired me because I knew Vinnie and I talked to Vinnie and we said maybe it would be cool if I did the gigs with him and Vinnie Vincent agreed. Derek hired me and put the deal together, then I brought bassist Tony Franklin in whom Vinnie never heard of before. Then they were going through tons of singers and I said  I have this guy names Jim Crean that can sing high just like the original Vinnie Vincent invasion singer Robert Fleischman. I told Jim Crean about it and he was up for it. Then Derek  said why don't you put Jim Crean's voice on a couple of Vinnie's tracks and he would send it to Vinnie and see what he thinks and that's what we did. And from what I remember Vinnie said to the promoter Derek that he thought Jim Crean was great. So we were moving ahead and waiting for a set list and then when we never got any set list from Vinnie so the promoter sent me, Jim and Tony some lists of songs, which included Vinnie's songs and Kiss Songs and I thought that was what we were going to do and then Vinnie started to steer away. And I said to Vinnie, I saw that clip of you playing that Pre-Kiss cruise clip you did not look comfortable on stage,  you looked scared and I blatantly said can you still play? You didn't do any solos?  Vinnie said to me yeah I can still play. Then later on Vinnie said I don't want to do any Kiss songs or my songs I just want to jam for an hour and a half after he just put out a press release with the promoter saying I'm gonna do Kiss songs, Vinnie Vincent songs, this is him verbally saying that on the ad. Then he changed his mind on that and said he just wanted to jam. Quite honestly I don't want to jam, I don't want to go on the stage and jam. I want to play songs people want to come and hear. As for choosing Jim Crean as the singer, I was working behind the scenes getting Jim Crean to sing demo songs for Vinnie so he can hear what he sounds like. Derek the promoter said Vinnie was fine with him, Derek had no reason to lie about it so we were going to move ahead."  Carmine Appice

"Derek called me and wanted me to sing some of Vinnie's songs so I did that, they got back to Vinnie and they said he was very impressed with it. Derek called me the day after he talked to Vinnie and said that Vinnie was very happy with the vocals and he loves it and we are going to make a press announcement and put a poster up as well. Then Derek called me up and said to me to please start sharing the information to get a buzz going so then we started promoting it and then Vinnie started changing his mind." Jim Crean

When asked about Vinnie Vincent's statement "There's only one uncontroverted fact that actually did happen, and that is that I, Vinnie Vincent, did not cancel that show 

"The cancellations came from Vinnie he did not want to do the gig. I gave Vinnie three other singers to pick from but Vinnie did not like them and Vinnie said Jim Crean was good. Then Vinnie to blame it all on Derek the promoter who is the nicest guy and is now really ill since all of this happened is bad. Derek has not been able to stand up for himself because he has been really ill, in and out of the hospital. The last thing on his mind is Vinnie Vincent right now, he is trying to get healthy. And to see Vinnie saying it's Derek's fault, it wasn't his fault. Derek the promoter did everything he can to make these gig happen. Vinnie is saying it's Derek's fault I'm saying it's not his fault, Derek did everything and beyond to make things happen, to keep it on track. Derek brought Vinnie out of hiding, he put together that Kiss expo that Vinnie came out on, that made Vinnie money, Vinnie didn't do that Derek did that." Carmine Appice

When asked why Jim Crean was one of the scapegoats
"I don't think Vinnie Vincent should be blaming me, I was there just trying to help him out. I came into the band late and Carmine is a very high profile artist and so is Tony Franklin so I guess that leaves me and the promoter to blame." Jim Crean



Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - VINNIE VINCENT

On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON - a new and exclusive interview (recorded April 19th 2019) with guitarist extraordinaire VINNIE VINCENT
We discuss everything under the sun including his upcoming shows, his career, and much much more. (Please note that at the 45 minute mark for 15 seonds or so the audio is unstable. Similar at the 58 minute mark.)
MITCH MERCH (designed by Judas Priest's artist Claudio Bergamin) is available now at:



Noize In The Attic Podcast - VINNE & CARMINE APPICE

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Greg Schmitt of WESU's syndicated radio show Noize In The Attic recently spoke with drum legends Carmine and Vinny Appice. Together they discuss Carmine's history and renewed involvement with Vinnie Vincent, Vinny's relationship with John Lennon and much more! 
CarmineWhen I heard him with Vinnie Vincent Invasion, it wasn't the same Vinnie.  It was like - I don't know what he was trying to be, like an Yngwie or something...  He's beyond that.  He's a much better player than that.  He's like John Sykes.  John Sykes can play all that stuff, but you don't play it all the time.  You mix that up with a bit of blues and soul, and just great rock & roll like Jeff Beck or Clapton or those kind of guys.  And he can play that stuff. So, when I heard that album, and the mix and guitar was was so loud you couldn't even hear the rest of the band, so I was a little disappointed in that album, ya know? 
I said, 'You can still play like you used to play?  Like I know you can play.  Usually you don't lose it.'  He goes, "No, I didn't lose it,' he said.  'I had a guitar in my hand every day; even when I was gone."
Vinny on playing with John Lennon'We're rehearsing, John walks in, watches us play, he sits down on a step...  And he started hanging out with us.  We're playing pool with him, and smoking joints and stuff.  He always wanted coke, though.  We didn't have coke...  So we would up doing three videos with him … And then we did a live gig he asaked us to do.  And then I found out a couple of years ago that was his last live gig. Ever.'
Listen to the full interview here: (starts at 12 minutes)



Ep. 283 Bobby Rock, Former Drummer with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Episode 283, May 22, 2018. This week we are joined by drummer Bobby Rock. Bobby was the drummer in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Bobby shares his memories and amazing stories of auditioning for the VVI. Who was the brains behind the band. When the wheels first started to fall off. How the VVI eventually imploded. Thoughts on why the VVI never broke big. Changes in management. We guarantee you will learn something new about Vinnie Vincent and the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Bobby just released his book, The Boy Is Gonna Rock available at Press requests please contact Michael Brandvold at


Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - MIKE TRAMP

ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON - Via PodcastOne - White Lion, Bob Kulick And Vinnie Vincent Returns! In our first interview, former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp discusses his upcoming box set, is unambiguous in talking about Vito Bratta, talks touring and more.
In our second interview, guitarist Bob Kulick talks about his new solo record and working with W.A.S.P., KISS, Lou Reed and more.
And Mitch discusses the return of Vinnie Vincent with KISS expert, Greg Schmitt.

MARK SLAUGHTER On 3 Sides Of The Coin

Friday, April 24, 2015

In Episode 123, April 21, 2015. Mark Slaughter Gives the Not So Pretty Details on Vinnie Vincent. What was the very first comment Vinnie Vincent made to Mark? What was the first comment Gene Simmons said to Mark when Slaughter toured with KISS? Who got the Vinnie Vincent Invasion their record deal? How did Slaughter get their record deal? How did Vinnie treat Mark on stage? Just what kind of a person is Vinnie Vincent? And of course... did Vinnie Vincent save KISS?

A couple revelations by Mark Slaughter:

Vinnie hears Mark sing for the very first time and says "That's bullshit." "That sounds like shit."

Before a show in Philadelphia, Vinnie tells Mark, "You really sounded like garbage last night and if you don't pull it together you're not singing on the record."

Follow Mark Slaughter online at and order his brand new solo album Reflections In A Rear View Mirror. 23 minute mark the interview begins.

Since launching a year ago Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 1,000,000 times. In the last year, Three Sides of the Coin has been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, the Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack, Frank Munoz associate producer for Ace Frehley's Anomaly album, award winning songwriter Adam Mitchell, Ed Kanon (Peter Criss' drum tech), and Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS' Psycho Circus album). Three Sides of the Coin was recently picked (October 2013) as a 'What's Hot' podcast by Apple's iTunes.

In the early '90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He was the first to build, launch and maintain (KISS' official web presence). Tommy Sommers has spent many years on the record show circuit selling memorabilia and meeting many KISS fans.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released the fifth installment of it's Vinnie Vincent Special with Episode 135 - Vinnie Vincent Special Part 5 w/Andre Labelle.
In this in-depth discussion, hosts Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak are joined by former Vinnie Vincent and current drummer of The Sky Andre LaBelle. Andre was tapped by Vincent for the recording of the still-unreleased Guitars from Hell album that was in production from 1989 - 1992. LaBelle shares his memories of auditioning for the enigmatic former KISS guitarist, the amazing amount of equipment available, and the meticulous recording techniques that seemed to define Vincent as the extremist of which he has been described.
The album went through numerous titles during production. In this long-form discussion, LaBelle recalls a period where Vincent was bouncing between projects; his own and his contribution at the time to KISS' upcoming 1992 release and how one of his titles plays into KISStory.
Other topics discussed in this episode include Vinnie's method for punching in his guitar parts in the studio as well as how budgets were stretched and tensions caused a break from Vincent's then-label Enigma; causing the project to be shelved to this day.
Episode 135 - Vinnie Vincent Special Part 5 w/Andre LaBelle is now available for download/stream at the following link:
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