Vinnie Vincent Slams Mark Slaughter As “Unbearable”

IN his first public appearance in 20 years, reclusive former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has slammed his former Invasion singer Mark Slaughter as “unbearable”.
Speaking at the Atlanta KISS Expo, 65-year-old Vincent also revealed that he was writing a book and that he would help former bandmate Gene Simmons promote his Vault boxed set in Nashville during April.
Discussing the two-album Vinnie Vincent Invasion, which existed between 1984 and 1988, Vincent told Sirius XM: “The second record should have never happened. (Singer) Rob [Fleischman] should have stayed with the project.
“The basic sound of that record was like [Jimmy] Page and [Robert] Plant — it was Rob and me. That first record was pretty red-hot. It was my vision; Rob singing; everything was just right.
“Second version of it should have been aborted, should have never happened. I had the power; I should have taken it. I should have called the shots, which should have been, ‘Stop this. Revamp it. Go back, let me get the people I need.’
“The people that were involved with it at that time should have not been involved with it, but it was such a publicity machinery piece of… it was like a product. It was all publicity and hype.
“The songs, I felt were really good, but I didn’t feel the music came out to be… the records weren’t what I would have done. I would have never settled on records like that. When I say records, the first one, yes; the second one, no; and that singer [Mark Slaughter] was unbearable as far as I’m concerned.”
The antipathy between Vincent and Slaughter is clearly mutual. The band Slaughter, which also featured the Invasion’s Dane Strum, wrote a song about Vincent called “Burning Bridges”.
On the possibility of a biography, Vincent said: “We’ve had two book publishers who are interested and we’re talking to them right now. It’s a helluva book. You won’t want to miss it.
“I read Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized biography of Frank Sinatra, and I’m not a reader, but I couldn’t put that book down. This will top that book.”
On resuming his relationship with Simmons, the guitarist recounted receiving an email from the bassist last year.
“I opened it up and it had to do with The Vault. We had written a lot of songs during the Revenge era, and I think there’s one on there — one of my favourite songs, my own personal favourite songs, ‘I Wanna Live’.
“This was June; he sent me another one two weeks later and gets no answer from me. Then he sends me another one in July, and there’s no answer from Vinnie, basically about the same thing. I said, I bet that’s why he’s mad at me.
“I read all three e-mails, and I said [imitates typing], ‘I love you; I miss you; come on home,’ you know? Then we started emailing again. He said, ‘I’d like to have ‘I Wanna Live’ on ‘The Vault’, and invited me to Nashville and receive it on stage and to meet each other again. I said to him, ‘Listen, you said some stuff about me — come on, we’re past this.’
“I said, ‘I just want you to know, I still love you. I always will. We had a lot of good things. Let’s move on.’ The e-mail vibe was great.”
Asked if he would attend the Nashville Vault launch on April 14, Vincent said:”Absolutely. I will show up for him.”
As recently as November, Simmons said he’d never work with Vincent again.

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