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Former KISS Guitarist Arrested on Assault Charges

5/22/2011 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vinnie Vincent -- the guitarist who famously took Ace Frehley's place in the band KISS -- was arrested today on charges of aggravated assault ... TMZ has learned.

Vincent (real name Vinnie Cusano) was busted by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee and held on $10,000 bond. He posted and was released at 11:27 AM.

Vincent was known as the Ankh Warrior during his time with the band.

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TMZ, We need MUG SHOT A.S.A.P!!!! Is it a man or is it a woman?

1193 days ago


Simple assault.
At least he didn't call the victim a f a g g o t. You have to be a NBA star to do that -- not a rock star.

1193 days ago

Gordon Gebert    

Sorry to hear this bad news. I hope Diane is ok.

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1193 days ago

Jackazz flatts    

Does anyone remember the "Vinnie Vincent Invasion"?

1193 days ago


I got to meet Ace at the "Union" Concert at the country club in Reseda a couple years back and he was a class act.. Dont always believe what you read... My buddy Travis had a tat of ace on his arm from the kiss days and Ace was honored to sign his tat.. Travis, Rest in peace and Ace , You really made his day....

1193 days ago


TMZ - It is ultra important that you print the police mug shot of Vinnie Vincent as he is reclusive and hasn't really been photographed in 15 years or so. There are many rumors surrounding him including that he under went a sex change operation or is a transvestite. He also hasn't been seen in nearly 30 years without a wig. This mug shot will prove a lot of rumors true or false.

Thank you and please bring the full story out into the public. More information can be found at the Vinnie Vincent Fan Forum

1193 days ago


Bad bad news. Vinnie wasn't in puplic for about 15 years. All I wanna see is his mugshot and how he is look like today

1193 days ago

Carl Pistoletto    

He was dressed as a man, not a woman.

1193 days ago


Hey there Carl, how you know that he was dressed as a man ?

1193 days ago

Psychic Beauty School    

there's been a mad hunt on FB for Mr Vincent.
no one's surprised the cops would find him first.
Ankh if you're Orny!

1193 days ago

Tim Ryan    

Actually Vinnie Vincent played a major role in KISS's comeback in the early 1980's. He was a co-writer of the band's songs which they still play today, such as "Lick It Up", "Unholy", "I Just Wanna", "I Love It Loud", "Killer", and "I Still Love You."

1192 days ago

Taylor Dadson    

Ankh Warrior? LOL, more like the "Wank Warrior".

1192 days ago

Mike Reese    

Karlew apparently has no idea what it takes to be a competent session musician - or that many of them actually play the stuff that fans THINK their faves do ....

1192 days ago


V V was the only other guitarist ( aside from ACE ofcourse !!!!) to kickstart KISS and "led" the second incanation. His writing and guitar work is what ushered Kiss into the lets say " modern era " of hardrock / metal and made them competitive again. Without this " lucky charm "the band was nothing more than another Sunset strip CA hair band . By far V V is no so so guitarist. He has played on many session gigs with notables and even written stuff for TV (Happy Days ) aside from his obvious " stellar " guitar work . I find it hard not to get into this but about Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. I accept their business approach to KISS. It all comes down to business at some point thats reality. However, regardless of the other original members (P C Aand A F ) and their vices that caused problems but back to V V they are greedy bastards!Respect aside these two have done a fine job of ******** on the most valuable members that KISS could ever have. Eric Carr was another more than acceptable shoe in for Peter Criss.Actually Carr was an ass kicking drummer and was essentially an employee as V V was ! G S and P S are out right crooks ! KISS under the duel regime of G S and P S should " kiss " Vinnie vincents ass for what he did for " their " group but instead they robbed the guy . There was a lawsuit but it will never replace the years that V V would have spent establishing KISS as a true monster of the rock world again ! Instead the " duel regime " opted for the cheap " Chinese "quality music that came after Lick It Up. I give Creatures of the Night recording some credit as well. It was sorta an intermediate , stepping stone for easing the band into the newer 80s scence again with V V 's assistance. I wont discount the possibilty that V V might be somewhat of a pain in the ass at times but can Simmons afford to deny that he is anything but a serious egotisical controlling guy ? back to V V and his run in with JOHN LAW I wish him the best !! I'm sure that given his ethnic background he has a bad temper but his past dissappoinments with KISS have to weigh on his head sometimes. I really feel bad for him its an albatross that has to be hard to shake at times. Just to say this KISS wouldn't be KISS without its original members and the second incanation members. It is a shame that the members that put the " cream on top " were stepped on so much ! If I am wrong about what I've said here I do apologize.

Note: Nothing should detract from the talent and success of other members as Mark St John ,Bruce Kulick , Eric Singer and even Tommy thayer. They are musicians trying to hit it big as we all have at one time or another , they just " hit the jackpot finally ".

1169 days ago
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