The Long Kiss Goodbye: The Search for Vinnie Vincent

Rolling Stone:

Vincent and Kiss parted ways once the “Lick It Up” tour ended in March 1984. Simmons said the band fired him for “unethical behavior” — understood to mean he wouldn’t sign the employment contract being offered. There were other issues. Speaking at 1995’s Worldwide Kiss Konvention in Nashville, Stanley said that “Vinnie sold a fan a guitar he had never played and said it was his favorite guitar, a guitar he always played, and he sold it to a fan for more than it would cost in a store.” For a band that above all valued its relationship — business and otherwise — with its fans, the ethical lapse, said Stanley said, “was totally unacceptable.”

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