Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was a guest on the April 19th edition of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Excerpts from the interview can read below, as transcribed by me, for

On his not doing many interviews anymore:

“I am just inundated with interview requests and I will not do them any longer…they’re flatlined unless it’s someone I respect who has a real working knowledge of what I do…has an overall quality to their interviews and respect for [the] artists. I will not do these any longer…the world needs to reset itself from this bash=and-trash society that we have turned into and I want no part of it. Right now, I am in a great place…”

Discussing his recently announced Speedballjamm show, scheduled for  June 7th in Nashville, Tennessee:

“Fans can expect fun…I do things that are not expected…So [Speedballjamm] is that recording, the fun of that recording, come to life. The informal, onstage look at each other, everybody just join in, follow where I am going and let’s play our asses off and have fun…It will probably be an hour, or so, of guitar, but it’s fun…What’s following is…I got three albums written, in the can ready to record and this is the first launching…You’ve got the typical bashers out there [saying] “Vinnie’s not going to show up.” That is complete bulls–t…I picked out two great players, people that are very harmonious to me, and I’m not easy an easy person to work with…But, these people I picked myself, I have a great rapport with them. They’re great players and it’s a very comfortable vibe…I always buck trends…and that’s Speedballjamm, it’s gonna be a lot of fun…Vinnie’s back…”

Talking about having live recordings of [KISS’] Creatures In The Night tour:

“Oh, I have every single show we ever played. Yes, I recorded every single Creatures show. I’ve recorded every single Lick It Up show, U.S and Europe…I recorded them from the stage…on cassette and they virtually sound identical because we were so polished…there was really no variation from show to show, but they sounded great. It sounded like you were at the venue.”

On appearing at Gene Simmon’s Vault Experience:

“I could bulls–t you, but I won’t…It began with an email from Gene. Actually, two emails, because I did not see the first one…It was six months before I got to answer him…So I [wrote], ‘How are you? Merry Christmas, hope you’re doing well. Yes, no problem, love to see you again. If you need me, I’ll be there to help.” That was a tough thing for me [to write]. My natural instinct would have been to [write], ‘Go f–k yourself. You hurt me too much. I will never extend myself to you again.’ But I said [to myself], ‘No, I’m going to try and rise above that.’ It’s a way for me to put some closure [on things] I wasn’t sure I could put closure on…I almost didn’t do [it] because…the thing that kept coming to my mind was, ‘Hey, this is the first time I’m seeing this guy after being run over by his bus.’ It’s easy to run over someone when you can keep forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars into attorneys…[saying] ‘I want to destroy Vinnie…’ These were all detrimental reasons that were starting to reverse my decision to show up at his Vault…[But then I said to myself], ‘You made a promise, he’s expecting you there,’ and if you are going to try and put [this] behind you…try and bury this…which is very difficult. I said, ‘Okay, I’m going. We’ll see what happens.’ So, I did show up, and to be honest with you, I went there with a smile…and I felt that it was a cold reception…I was treated very indifferently. Driving home, I thought, ‘Why did you do this?…That’s the last time I will do the favor, don’t ask me again.”

Discussing working on KISS’ Revenge album:

…It began at Gene’s house [and] it was an everyday thing and I have all the recordings of everything we had written, tried to write, didn’t finish, intended work, ideas, etc…Then I worked at Paul [Stanley’s] house for another number of months…we came up with a lot of songs. There were so many songs written that should have been on that album. It really should have been a Lick It Up album again, because that team was recaptured again…we captured the vibe. I still have those songs, and I heard them not long ago, going through all the material I had, and I thought, ‘That song was great. That song was great, This song was great. Why didn’t they end up on that record?’

Listen to Vincent’s entire interview below.

To get more information on Vinnie’s Speedballjamm show, please click here.

Dana’s note: Thank you to Bob Davenport for passing this interview along to me.

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  • robert davenport on

    My take is Vinnie didn’t want to answer tough questions or explain himself at all, sounds like he called {Paul Stanley for advice } – there is a part of the interview when he compares a drum machine to sex where he sounds to me at least a little unhinged lol – Lafon lobbed softballs for an hour and a half – from everything I have read and heard and is out there these guys never got in a room with Vinnie to rehearse at all – so I think he is full of S—–t – when he says he did not cancel – he cancelled – this show coming up in june he will probably do.. It will be filled with 60 friends and family – there will be no cell phones allowed no media – , I doubt these people will have to shell out a dime to go – this way Vinnie can say it was a massive success – I hate to be so cynical , but I think this is what will happen – also a bit off topic, I was born In new jersey moved away at 5 years old , and I love hearing you all talk about New York, I have always wanted to visit and have never found the time maybe this summer we’ll make the trip-what do you all like best about New York ?

    • Michael Monet on

      When coming to NY, make sure you plan ahead what you want to do. The last thing that you want to do is stand on sidewalk staring at a cellphone. In the summertime you have all of the obvious like the STATUE OF LIBERTY, THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING or whatever else interests you. There are 2 awesome baseball stadiums as well. There are random pizza shops everywhere. 95% of them are good. You can combine Rocherfeller center with St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Columbus circle as well. Be prepared and don’t look like a tourist. No joke wear a METS or YANKEES hat and they’ll leave you alone in Times Square. Also Billy Joel at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN is really good if you like that.
      M. Monet, formerly of the Bronx NY

    • Dana on

      I would also highly recommend the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and possibly the Opera, as well.

    • Doug R. on

      3 things you must do if visiting New York – Circle Line cruise around Manhattan, Coney Island, and visit the 9/11 Memorial. And of course the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the Freedom Tower!

  • robert davenport on

    thank you for the tips! , if i come out this summer i’ll ask for some tips on the subway too !

    • Dana on

      I live here, do not hesitate to ask me anything.

  • Charles Clinchot on

    Tower records I miss it soooo bad spent the whole 80s going the one on 4th and Broadway. Lived in Jersey but I’m walking distance to the PATH station and took in to the city every chance I got did walking mostly in lower Manhattan

    • Dana on

      I used to go there too, but I had a great Mom and Pop record shop in Brooklyn, called Zig Zag records. They carried tons of imports, colored vinyl/picture discs and rare recordings.

  • robert davenport on

    Now we have to come !

    • Dana on

      Not sure if that reply was to me, but that record store went out of business decades ago. 🙁

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