Born on July 23rd, 1965 in Stoke-On-Trent, England as Saul Hudson, the guitarist now known to the world as Slash has made an impact on the music industry ever since Guns ‘N Roses first broke into the scene in the early 80’s. To this day, he upholds his status of a rock icon; with his Les Pauls, top hat, curly black hair and cigarette dangling from his mouth, Slash has managed to create the image of a true rock musician.
Slash moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11, where he soon picked up a guitar. Soon, all of his other interests were put aside and guitar became his life. He later joined multiple bands, all in hope of finding one that would get somewhere farther than a few local shows. He then met Steven Adler, and the rest went from there. With the creation of Guns ‘N Roses and the multi platinum sales of their first album titled Appetite for Destruction, these five boys had made it into the lifestyle of rock star decadence.
But with the life of luxury comes the price. With intoxicants and internal conflicts plaguing the band until it’s demise in 1996, the group always seemed to have something going on. This conflict fuelled their music and chemistry both on stage and off.
When Guns ‘N Roses’ run ended with the dissolution of the band and Slash’s resignation in October of 1996, he didn’t have time to stop.
His side project that he had formed while still in G’NR, Slash’s Snakepit, had gained success already. In his usual style of ‘hit the ground running’, he and Snakepit took off on tours and gained extreme victory without looking back. After finishing the first world tour with Snakepit, Slash was invited to headline the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary. Without having a current band he invited several musicians to form the project Slash’s Blues Ball and they played the festival in front of more thantwo hundred thousand people. In 2000, the second incarnation of Slash’s Snakepit released their album “Ain’t Life Grand” followed by an extensive tour through clubs around the world.
When the second coming of Snakepit came to a close, Slash became restless again. He started playing smaller gigs with other musicians, and jamming with some of his past G’NR band mates. But after a while of jamming with Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum again, the three started thinking of making a project together. Their work together had gone from being casual to thoughts of something greater. The three teamed up with Dave Kushner from Loaded, and Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots to form a group originally refered to as “The Project”.
“The Project” eventually turned into a huge success under the new name of Velvet Revolver. Labeled as a “rock supergroup”, they went on to have their first album, Contraband go platinum within two months of it’s release- an album which held their hit single Slither, which won them a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. After the release of their second full-length album Libertad, the band dissolved due to internal conflicts between members.
Using the tagline ‘It seems excessive, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen…’, Slash collaborated with Anthony Bozza and released an autobiography in late 2007. From his earliest memories to the most recent of events, Slash recollected hundreds of stories into a single volume which vaulted itself on the New York Times Bestsellers List. In his autobiography, Slash mentioned that he was planning on recording a solo album – a promise that he made good on in the next years.
With help from his friends in the music community and plenty of urging from fans, Slash began recording his solo album in late 2009, and released it in 2010 to critical acclaim. With a guest vocalist lineup ranging from rock legends Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to pop music favorites Fergie and Adam Levine, the album was a wholly diverse showing of how flexible the rock genre can truly be.
With the album’s success came the announcement of a world-wide tour, with Myles Kennedy taking the reins on vocals for the duration of the tour. From appearing as a character in Guitar Hero III to guesting on even the most unexpected of artists’ albums (Rhianna, for example), it seems that there is no stopping Slash for the next while!