Former Kiss Guitarist Arrested For Assault

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested on charges of aggravated assault.

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According to TMZ.com, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested on May 22nd on charges of aggravated assault. Vincent (real name Vinnie Cusano) was busted by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee and held on $10,000 bond. He posted bail and was released at 11:27 a.m.

Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS' 1983 album "Lick It Up", according to the Courthouse News Service.

However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

Last June, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.

In January, Vincent, in association with Guitarmageddon Guitars, unveiled the official Vinnie Vincent model guitar at the NAMM convention.

Thanks for the report to TMZ.com.

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    Ibeanez
    Quintex wrote: "Cops dispatched officers to the home -- where they found Vincent and "four sealed containers containing deceased dogs." Source: TMZ.com Apparently there is much more to this story.
    TMZ...well there's your problem.
    Reisgar42
    nigeltheginger wrote: In other news: Gary Numan joins KISS
    I'm so glad someone else saw that.
    Ceesjah
    Raider76 wrote: Vinny Vincents an awesome guitar player, and played an important role in Kiss's 80's revival. I would want some credit too, everybody knows Gene Simmons is a cheap jew who screws anyone out of anything to take all the credit
    +1
    caboose243
    rockstarbear wrote: Those new Vinnie Vincent guitars were "unveiled" in the furthest reaches of the basement of the NAMM show in a little 10'x6' stall to little interest. There were four models with retail prices upwards of $10k.
    seems like if you were ever a part of KISS, you automatically think youre the best musician on earth haha. he charged 10k, the four revealed were probably the only ones, sells them and his dept to KISS goes in half haha
    caboose243
    IWasMaiden93 wrote: Jesus Christ... I looked up the TMZ article and it said he smacked his wife, pulled her through broken glass and the police found 4 dead dogs on the scene... Fail to mention that small tid bit... Well, I was happy to hear Vinnie is still alive... For a second
    using TMZ is like wikipedia. none of it is exactly correct. knowing tmz, it was probably 3 cats and he hit his gay lover
    flecktowned
    Vypor wrote: I wonder if the person he assaulted was illegally downloading KISS songs. . .
    fail
    Killzark
    I can see why they titled this "Former Kiss Guitarist". Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?!
    AceBlackmore
    Page/Rhoads wrote: How did I know it was gonna be Vinnie as soon as I saw the headline?
    Haha thats what I thought too, either him or Ace but Ace doesn't get in trouble
    espChris93
    I was thinking this would be Ace, all that went through my mind was "Do they need to call him former KISS guitarist?" but it turned out to be Vinnie
    kook as kashmir
    I live in Murfreesboro too. This place is starting to turn into a shithole. First hypodermic needles in Pepsi machines, then a burning body in a dumpster, then a shooting on MTSU campus, then a fatal stabbing. Now a has-been guitarist beats his wife and stores dead dogs. Fantasic :/
    hardrocker64
    Vinnie rocks! or use to. Lick it up, my favorite Kiss record. That dude could shred his ass off. BTW the pic in TMZ looks loke a girl, WTF!
    crave01
    lol @ the InVation Vinnie Vincent, Michael Vick..... Wuts with the V names and dogs?
    mickmarz
    funny how no-one has brought this up yet- but- kinda weird how there is only one (very vague) paragraph with no details at all about the incident and then a page worth of totally unrelated anecdotes about vinnie and his current standing with the band!!!! seriously! anyone else find this weird? i thought it was supposed to be a story about an arrest for an assault! who got assaulted? where? why? etc. wtf!?
    GibsonMan321
    Fucking video ads holy shit, blasted thru my damn headphones when I had four tabs open and couldn't find the source of the sound, more importantly interrupting my Mastodon! WTF!!!!
    onanobis47
    Kapalen wrote: Holy shit, I live there. And VVI was awesome... after they kicked him out and called it Slaughter.
    IWasMaiden93
    Jesus Christ... I looked up the TMZ article and it said he smacked his wife, pulled her through broken glass and the police found 4 dead dogs on the scene... Fail to mention that small tid bit... Well, I was happy to hear Vinnie is still alive... For a second
    Jesus_Dean
    I wonder did he poke someone in the chest with his finger. That seems to be enough nowadays to get you arrested.
    rockstarbear
    Those new Vinnie Vincent guitars were "unveiled" in the furthest reaches of the basement of the NAMM show in a little 10'x6' stall to little interest. There were four models with retail prices upwards of $10k.
    Raider76
    Vinny Vincents an awesome guitar player, and played an important role in Kiss's 80's revival. I would want some credit too, everybody knows Gene Simmons is a cheap jew who screws anyone out of anything to take all the credit
    blankoff
    Why does he have his own signature model when he hasn't done anything in about 20/30 years?
    L2112Lif
    Why is Gary Numan there? I don't remember him playing guitar for Kiss... Ever.
    Vypor
    I wonder if the person he assaulted was illegally downloading KISS songs. . .
    Silverpack
    Wow, he is ALIVE !! Reading the title, and knowing about Ug's news, I was rather expecting an unknown guy from their earliest rehearsals or something. This caught me off guard !
    Quintex
    "Cops dispatched officers to the home -- where they found Vincent and "four sealed containers containing deceased dogs." Source: TMZ.com Apparently there is much more to this story.
    jannick
    haha idiot for suing. you CANT **** gene simmons when it comes to money