The Ankh is coming out of hiding! Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent is reportedly attending 2018’s Atlanta Kiss Expo on January 19th through the 20th. The lead guitarist is infamous for his tumultuous on and off again relationship with the Hottest Band in the World.
Originally joining KISS as the replacement for Spaceman Ace Frehley in 1982, Vincent went on to co-write and play on hit songs from classic albums like "Creatures of the Night" and "Lick It Up." He was one of the four members "unmasked" when the band made their first appearance sans makeup in a monumental television event on MTV.
After some disagreements with founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, the flashy lead guitarist stopped working with the band in 1984. Vincent returned to the KISS fold as a songwriter for the band's electrifying 1992 album "Revenge," co-writing the songs "Unholy," "Heart Of Chrome," and "I Just Wanna." He was once again dismissed by the band shortly after for "making all kinds of crazy demands and pulling the same kind of crazy stuff all over again."
According to the Atlanta KISS Expo website, Vincent will be on hand for all sorts of different activities. There will be a question and answer session, the opportunity to meet him, and autograph and photo ops. There are different levels of tickets you can purchase giving you better access to Vincent while he's there.
One thing you'll never hear is Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley ever say that Vincent didn't deliver the musical goods in a live or studio situation. As you can see in the video footage of his performances with KISS, the Ankh held his own onstage. His energetic presence and thrilling fretwork were an integral part of the band's live presence from 1982 to 1984. There is no doubt Vincent is a significant piece of KISStory.
You can get tickets to the 2018 Atlanta KISS Expo by going to their official website.