2019 saw the return of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent from almost 25 years of being a recluse. When he returned, talk about his former work surfaced and of course you can’t talk about Vincent’s work without mentioning his former vocalist Robert Fleischman. Fleischman’s voice channeled the first Vinnie Vincent Invasion (self titled) which ended helping putting the band on the map. If you want to revisit Fleischman’s career, you can circle back 10 years earlier where he did a short stint as the vocalist in Journey. He ended up co-writing “Wheel in the Sky and “Anytime” which are still staples in Journeys set till this day. Fast forward to the last handful of years which has taken Fleischman to the lead vocalist of The Sky and a fruitful solo career. Lately, Flesichman has been concentrating on a different side of art, where his love of painting and digital art has taken his current focus.

At the 2019 KISS expo, we grabbed Fleischman to talk about the Vinnie Vincent shows that he was supposed to perform in Memphis with him. He gives us his take if he thinks if they will eventually happen and if he will continue to participate in doing them. We also talk about his take on Journey and his thoughts on the new Steve Perry album “Traces.”  In addition, we chat about his current artwork and what his plans are with that.

Here is an interview with the multi-talented Robert Fleischman!

Photos by Dalila Kriheli of Rockstarpix. We would like to thank Ian McCurdy for setting up the interview with Robert. For more information on Robert Fleischman, please go here: Robert Fleischman.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.