Vinnie Vincent states “Boyz Are Gonna Rock” video with Mark Slaughter was like “fake news”
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent made his long awaited public return at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 19 and 20, 2018 and he had some choice words towards singer Mark Slaughter who replaced Robert Fleischman in Vinnie Vincent Invasion following the release of the group’s debut self-titled album.
The following excerpts from one of the interviews recently given by Vincent are taken from Blabbermouth (with slight edits):
“According to Vinnie, one “bullshit story” out of “hundreds of lies that [are] out there” is the myth that he got kicked out of his own band. “What really happened was I tried to keep Rob in the band, because I said, ‘There is no fucking way — no way, no way — this other guy, who can’t sing, who’s reduced my music to the level of worse than a local bar band is gonna be in my creation. There’s no way,'” he said. “And [Vinnie Vincent Invasion‘s record label] Chrysalis had changed management and they were changed to quickly cash in on the young kid that appeals to the teenyboppers. I said, ‘You do something else like that, but don’t put him here. ‘Cause that will never happen. So you need to get Rob in and keep this…’
“That’s what they fell in love with, the record company fell in love with that, so for them to destroy my creation was disgusting,” Vincent continued. “And they had new people in, and they said, ‘That’s okay. We just want a quick cash-in on something.’ And I said, ‘Either you keep my creation with Rob or I quit. I don’t wanna be on this label.’ [And they told me] ‘You can’t quit. We will can the record. We will not do this. We will not do that.’ And they said, ‘You owe us two records right now.’ So they said, ‘You have to finish this tour. You can’t stop anything, because the machine is moving, and this is a big record.’ So I had management that was not looking out for Vinnie, he was looking out for himself, and everything changed. So once I began to tour, I said, ‘How quick can I get out of this? This has to end now.’ And they said, ‘You cannot end it now. You have to go through one more record, you have to do the tours, and then we have another option that we, the record company, will pick up, for record number three.'”
Vinnie says that by the time “All Systems Go” was released, it was clear that the magic that made the band’s debut LP special was gone. “The first record, all the rock magazines at that time were saying, ‘Oh, this is the best fucking record that has come out in so long. Oh my God! This thing is hot, hot, hot!’ Because it was different from the records that were out,” he said. “At that time, there was nothing like it. They were all either Judas Priest type of records or they were Poison type of records, but there was nothing like Vinnie Vincent Invasion. So the radio stations jumped on it, ’cause they said, ‘What the hell is this?’ And everybody loved that record. It sold big and it sold fast. Once this no-talent individual came into the picture, everything went ‘Boom!’ It was just like dropping a lead weight. And I saw that happen and I thought, ‘This is a sin.’ Everything that could have been was insantly over. So we recorded the ‘Boyz Are Gonna Rock’ video with a faker; it was like fake news — trying to make you believe something that… this is not what this is. So one thing led to another, to another, got worse and worse. I did the second record, and I had all these great songs that I said should sound like the first record, only this is the second record. It follows the same everything — the same sound, the same passion, the same intensity, the same power, and it was not there.””
Wikipedia states the following about Fleischman‘s exit from Vinnie Vincent Invasion: “Fleischman exited the band during a contract dispute and a video was produced for the song “Boyz Are Gonna Rock” with new vocalist Mark Slaughter lipsyncing over Fleischman‘s vocal track.”
You can read the rest of the article about Vincent at Blabbermouth.
Vinnie Vincent Invasion’s “Boyz Are Gonna Rock” video:
Vinnie Vincent Invasion was an American heavy metal/glam metal band formed in 1984 by former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent. The band released two albums, Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986) and All Systems Go (1988). After the band ended Vinnie Vincent carried on as a solo artist…