I was idling around on YouTube this afternoon watching live videos. The '83 Rio Live performance came on.
And it struck me. Here was a guy, 30 years old, who had achieved only moderate success as a musician up to that point, and he steps into the shoes of Ace Frehley as a member of one of the biggest bands in the world. On top of that, one the first gigs he has to play is in front of 200,000 people. And by god does he make it look effortless? The solo on Doctor Love is just amazing, and he noodles it out like he's playing in his bedroom.
I just wonder what was going through his mind when he stepped up onto that stage and looked out, because watching him in the vid (granted he's caked in make-up) he look totally unperturbed by the whole thing. Sure, guys join bands, and go out and play in arenas and stuff, but this was something else.
Not sure the point I'm trying to make other than I've never really stopped and thought about the enormity of what Vinnie did here - I know who I was at 30, and by Christ it must've taken a huge pair of balls to not just grab the baton in Kiss, but then be dropped into the Rio situation and pull it off so effortlessly as he did in front of these massive, massive crowds in '83.
Props to you Vinnie - if we look beyond the nonsense and negativity that surrounds your tenure in Kiss, you f'in nailed it man.