FORMER KISS GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT DISCUSSES RUMORS ABOUT HIS GENDER INDENTITY
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has addressed rumors about his gender identity.
During a brand new interview with Greg Schmitt of WESU’s syndicated radio show Noize In The Attic, Vinnie finally responded to Internet rumors about his sexuality but declined to answer the question directly, explaining that he wanted to keep a mystique about the subject (audio transcribed via blabbermouth.net).
Asked if there is any truth to the reports that he is living his life as a woman, the guitarist said, “Not that I know of. I don’t know where they came up with this stuff… But see, if I address that, then the mystique is gone. See, everybody loves the mystique. I think they love the mystique, because they don’t know. So maybe I’ll say, ‘I’ll let you guys decide,’ but then everyone is still talking.
“I get mistaken all the time for something else, but what can I do?” he added. “So when somebody… you correct ’em, and they go, ‘I don’t understand.’ So they go, ‘Well…’ ‘Then I won’t correct you.’ So maybe it goes that way…”
Last month, Vinnie confirmed that he was planning to write and publish his autobiography, which he said would contain “all the real answers — the in-depth answers to everything.” He also said that he has already found “a book writer” help him put together the autobiography and has vowed to speak with him “on very deep levels” about all the things he has experienced during his life.
Vincent, who gave his his first public interview in more than 20 years in January at the Atlanta KISS Expo 2018, hopes to complete his autobiography “within a year.”
Vinnie joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the “Ankh Warrior,” he toured with the group in support of Creatures Of The Night, on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. From there, KISS wrote and released “Lick It Up — their first album without makeup — in 1983, a recording on which Vincent co-wrote eight of 10 songs, including the title track, which remains a staple of the group’s live performances to this day.
Despite the album’s success, Vincent was fired by KISS after the Lick It Up touring cycle came to an end, allegedly due to a dispute over both the terms of his employment contract with the band and royalties. From there, Vincent founded Vinnie Vincent Invasion, which recorded two albums.