Mario Solis‘ Today’s Memory
Vinnie Vincent’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Vinnie Vincent (born Vincent John Cusano; August 6, 1952) is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is a former member of the rock band Kiss where he was known as „The Ankh Warrior.” He also was the leader of his own band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
After being introduced to the band by songwriter Adam Mitchell, Vincent was brought in as the replacement for guitarist Ace Frehley. Vincent’s personality meshed well with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, thus enabling him to play lead guitar on six of the nine tracks on the Creatures of the Night album as well as co-writing three. After a disappointing Creatures of the Night/Tenth Anniversary tour, that finished on a high at what ended up being the „last” makeup show (and Kiss’ largest crowd attendance) at Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Vincent returned to the studio with Kiss to record the Lick It Up album. His work was productive, yielding eight co-writes out of the ten songs on the album (a record for any member until Kulick’s nine on Carnival of Souls and Stanley’s ten on Monster).