Few guitarists have had to fill bigger shoes than Vinnie Vincent. Following after beloved but troubled guitarist Ace Frehley, Vinnie had a lot of weight on his shoulders coming in to his role with KISS and, for all intents and purposes, left his mark on the face of a few good KISS records.
His solo project, Vinnie Vincent's Invasion, lent more to showcasing his blazing guitar solos than KISS would allow him. The record was (in my eyes) a good one and spawned a couple of hits in the Summer of 1986. It peaked at #64 on the Billboard charts and it is our Album O' The Week!
This album does have a few great tunes on it. I have to admit that as die-hard a KISS fan as I am I was not very impressed with Vinnie when I saw him in KISS. I thought he tried to hard to outshine Gene and Paul (not an easy task), but that was also the first time I saw the band without makeup, and the first time without Peter and Ace. Your right Robbo, trying to fill Ace's shows was, and still is, a difficult thing to do! Vinnie wrote some awesome tunes for KISS and if nothing else, at least he can be remembered for that.
I did see the Invasion one time, opening for Iron Maiden. Sorry to say but I went out to the snack bar to find napkins to tear up and stuff in my ears. It wasn't the whole band though, it was Vinnie, his guitar playing that night was absolutely horrible.
I like Boyz Are Gonna Rock and Twisted from this album
Pardon my heresy, KISSmaniac, but I LOVED Creatures Of The Night and Lick It Up!! They were EASILY the heaviest albums KISS have done to this day!! Would you believe, Lick It Up was actually the first KISS album I ever owned? At the time, my musical tastes were mutating away from Top 40 toward heavy metal. Let's give credit where credit is due, the heavier sound was due to both Vinnie's aggressive/elaborate style and Eric Carr's POWERHOUSE drumming!
As for Vinnie Vincent Invasion, I have to say it was WAY heavier than I predicted! I never saw them live, but I understand why Vinnie felt pigeonholed in KISS-he wanted to play like Eddie Van Halen/Randy Rhoads/Yngwie Malmsteen/George Lynch! No doubt, Paul and Gene thought that was too complex! Ultimately, I don't consider his albums classics like the ones he did with KISS.
This is one of my all time favorite albums. Vinnie really shreds. I have the cd and it's in my ipod. He also had a cool looking guitar.
This album is just....amazing. I have very strong opinions about this album lol The first VVI album is one of the greatest albums to EVER happen!!!! It should have been huge!!! Like really huge i mean they literally had everything...vinnie is an amazing guitar player, probably the most creative, innovative, and craziest in the world! And his lyrics were so incredible, like they were fucking badass! Dana strum and Bobby Rock made an unbelievable one-of-a-kind rhythm sections ever! And Robert Fleischmans voice cut through the music like ot many people can do. People can say I'm crazy for this but i swear up and down that Gene Simmons conspired against the VVI and paid off mtv and radio stations not to play them :3 Cuz im so serious there's noooooo way that this band shouldn't have been fucking huuuuge!!!! Like this topic really bothers me... I mean theirs like 8 songs off that album that should have been massssive hits! I don't think mark should joined though... I love him and all but i like Roberts voice better for vvi personally. But anyways... Thiis band is amazing...it bothers me so much that they never got huge!!
great album! slightly too "poppy" but still an amazing album
It may not have been huge, but a segment of "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" was played in the movie Summer School(Mark Harmon, Courtney Thorne-Smith; 1987).
Spot on! And the stuff he did with Fleischmann after Slaughter left is worth listening to!
1. "Boyz Are Gonna Rock", 2. "Shoot U Full of Love", 3. "No Substitute"
4. "Animal", 5. "Twisted", 6. "Do You Wanna Make Love", 7. "Back on the Streets"
8. "I Wanna Be Your Victim", 9. "Baby-O", 10. "Invasion"
I liked the album had some great guitar work & some good tunes not all of them great but I didn;t get to see
VVI till they opened for Iron Maiden I think it was "Somewhere in Time" tour. I did see them on the All Systems
Go" tour in a small club in San Diego called the Bacchanal. it was my 1st 21 & up show. $15.00 bucks Damn
how times have changed. Now tickets would be $25-30 just for the headlinerand if we got lucky they'd throw in
a few cool opening bands (Not local bands)
Vinnie Vincent also came out with a mini-album called "Euphoria" with Robert Fleischman on vocals. I got it in mp3 form from our good buddies at Amazon.com.
I love Vinnie Vincent Invasion, hard as hell to get ahold of the albums on CD, but I recently picked up All Systems Go on CD from Amazon new for only about 5 bucks came in the mail yesterday.
Invasion was great... but All Systems Go was a masterpiece! Mark Slaughter and Dana strum are always a winning combination!