KISS is being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. Because of that, Rolling Stone asked me to track down the band's former guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who has lived in seclusion in a small Middle Tennessee town outside Nashville for nearly two decades. Here's my story about the once-brilliant, now-reclusive musician and my monthlong search into his bizarre world.
One property near the outskirts of town, though, sticks out amongst all the idyllic sameness. Behind a forbidding eight-foot-tall picket fence and a padlocked gate stand two houses. Paint cans, a television set and stuffed black garbage bags litter the driveways. This is where guitarist Vinnie Vincent — who gave life back into Kiss in the early Eighties, when the bandmembers had removed their makeup but seemed musically ready for embalming, and then became a hair-metal solo star in his own right — has lived in seclusion for the last 15 years. Or, more accurately, had lived. It's hard to know where Vincent is these days.
Read the full story over at Rolling Stone.