Monday, May 23, 2011

Former KISS Guitarist Vinnie Vincent in Smyrna Domestic Abuse and Dead Dog Debacle

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincents Rutherford Co. Booking Photo
  • Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent's Rutherford Co. booking photo
From the Heart of Has-Been Darkness comes this heinous, HEINOUS little news item: Rutherford County police arrested former KISS guitarist and current Smyrna resident Vinnie Vincent — real name Vincent John Cusano — Saturday night after his wife showed up at the sheriff’s office bloodied, beaten and perfumed in alcohol.

The 44-year-old Diane Vincent claimed to have escaped the couple’s home following a violent altercation between the two, spurred by Vincent’s communication with an unnamed female “subject.” This according to TMZ. (Yeah, I know.)

As for the (alleged) details: In an act worse than any of his musical contributions to Lick It Up, Vincent — once known as “The Ankh Warrior” — allegedly smacked Diane in the face before dragging her by her hair through a pile of broken glass and throwing her to the ground repeatedly.

What an (alleged) scumbag.

Compounding this (alleged) ugliness: Police reportedly found the bodies of four dead dogs sealed in containers at the Vincent home. What a fucking (alleged) scumbag. Diane Vincent has claimed the dogs were killed by one of their more “aggressive” dogs. See him lookin' like an Aqua Net-coiffed Penny Marshall in his mug shot (above).

Ugh, sounds like some Amores perros shit.

Vincent was released Sunday morning after posting a $10,000 bond. He is facing aggravated assault charges. An animal service team will investigate the circumstances surrounding the canine carcasses.

Vincent played Ace Frehley’s guitar parts on 1982’s Creatures of the Night before officially replacing Frehley later that year. He stuck with the band through 1983’s Lick It Up and that album’s subsequent tour — the first of the non-makeup era.

Vincent parted ways with the band in 1984, then made an ill-fated — albeit moderately successful — attempt at a solo career with 1986’s self-titled effort Vinnie Vincent Invasion, featuring such newly ironic song-titles as “Shoot You Full of Love,” “Animal,” “Twisted,” “Back on the Streets” and “I Wanna Be Your Victim.” Neither it nor its 1988 follow-up All Systems Go — itself featuring now irony-laden song-titles like “Love Kills,” “Naughty Naughty,” “Heavy Pettin’ ” and “Breakout” — managed to, uh, invade the pop-metal, pop-culture consciousness in any lasting capacity, making this disturbing incident the first time many folks (in the KISS Army or otherwise) have likely heard from the fallen rocker in a decade or two. The Vinnie Vincent Invasion once featured the vocal talents of fellow Middle Tennessee resident Mark Slaughter.

I dare you to check out the duo in the Nightmareish clip below:

CORRECTION, 5/24: Vincent is actually a resident of Smyrna, not Murfreesboro. We apologize for the error.

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