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Vinnie Vincent Invasion

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion was a critically acclaimed band created by guitarist and songwriter Vinnie Vincent upon his split with seminal hard rock group Kiss. The group incorporated an outrageous glam image to go along with their scorching blend of sleazy .

Guitarist Vinnie Vincent had replaced Ace Frehley in Kiss, and he helped the band return to the spotlight with their ‘Lick It Up’ album. But, by 1985, Vincent had left the band and decided to be the star, writing music for a band that showcased him. He recorded some demos with one time Journey front-man Robert Fleischman, a singer he had worked with in Warrior prior to his stint in Kiss. Chrysalis records loved what they heard and signed the Invasion to an eight album, $4 million dollar contract. So along with bassist Dana Strum and drummer Bob Rock they started recording the debut album.

The self-titled album was an instant success as it climbed into the Billboard Top 100. However, Fleischman refused to adopt the outrageous image, and he showed no desire to tour. The Invasion was forced to find a new vocalist, and they decided on Mark Slaughter. But there was tension between Vincent and Slaughter from day one, which intensified even more when new record label management wanted Slaughter to become the focal point of the group. The follow-up album had some success, but internal turmoil killed the band in late 1988 at the end of their one-month tour.

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