The name's Marko, I'm from a small industrial town, near Belgrade, Serbia.
I've been a VV fan from around this time (fall) 2014.
A friend visited me back then for a hangout, and we ended up talking about best "80's rock/glam" ballads.
She started playing me her favorites on YouTube. I remember, when I've heard "That Time Of Year" and "Love Kills", those were the only ones I wanted to Bookmark. She told me "Oh man, you gotta love Vinnie! Be sure to check out the rest from him.", and so I did the next day.
I'm always more attached to a melody than the lyrics in songs, and being that most of those 80's rock ballads have that kind of same "formula", not every song has some specific part, or a piece of melody, that triggers my feelings... but these two surely had it.
I wanted to hear more from Vinnie, so I started my research on albums and browsing/listening the songs on YouTube.
The more I looked and listened, the more I was interested. Usually, when things start going that far, I always go on Discogs website for more details on the artists' works.
Now, let me get this straight. I was never a KISS fan. Not that I hate them or anything, I just never got the appeal to listen to them. I just had a peek at few songs (Forever and Reason To Live are good ones to me), but I never even fully listened to Creatures Of The Night or Lick It Up albums, even after becoming a "VV fan". Lick It Up is nothing special of a song to me. It does have that "r'n'r groove", but the groove is not the main thing that counts.
Take music industry in last years, for example. Everybody's trying hard for that synthetic "hi-end" production, all those "deep basses" and grooves... but then again, it's a rare occasion when a song leaves a mark in your ear and make you want to listen to it, whole day on repeat. Not while you're washing dishes or sawing wood, but really sit down, relax and listen to it with your headphones.
As far as I'm concerned, the production can be as bad as "recorded on a phone, in the toilet", but if there's a good melody and harmony magic, I'll sure notice it... Just like VV's demo and working tracks. Damn, there are some fine, fine songs! Over You, Gipsy In Your Eyes, Tears, Forbidden... just to name a few. Can't even decide which versions I like the most. Back On The Streets... from the one that is claimed to be original (where's Vinnie on vocals), all the way to John Norum version. Okay, maybe VV's keyboard version, with Edman on vocals has the strongest impact to me... probably because of those fantastic back vocals - "Tell me that I'm wrong... (it's all in my miiiiind)..."
The melodies and chord arrangements talent that Vinnie has, it's really something unique.
As me, being a fan of various music genres, I remember the day when a piece of VV solo melody re-appeared in my head... The whole day, I was trying to remember which song was it from. "It has too much of that 'Italian' vibe, but it's not a ballad..."
Later I figured it's a solo from Ashes To Ashes. Not just that squeaky piece of solo melody, but the chords were always a mystery. It's not like, just a common combination of "suspended chords" that were heavily used in the 80's and I'm a big fan of... It's a solid proof how Vinnie actually used his knowledge in musical education, instead of "tricks" that most rock (self-taught) musicians do (riffs and other simplified methods).
I've tried to replicate those chords, just to figure out the "formula" behind it, with a bit of help from some tabs that I found on the internet, and "it's there" but not 100%.
Not saying that there were (and are) no other educated and talented guitarists/musicians, but we're talking about VV here.
Hopefully, someday, we get a proper VV songbook.
Well, I've typed more than necessary for an introduction post, but just saying "hi" would be too rude.
I was following this forum from time to time, to flash-check on VV News, and some interesting info, but I never registered, as I thought I'm not competent enough to participate in discussions. I still don't think I am, but "VV comeback" news really cheered me up... kind of made me do it.
And it would probably happen anyhow... some day.
Cheers to all, and sorry if this was too long!