Slash: Five Awesome Guitar Moments
The legendary axeman Slash has given us so much music over the years and whether it’s with Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver or any of his solo ventures, it has all been bound together by exemplary guitar playing that knows no bounds. While his career highlights are many, we’re paying tribute to the renowned axeman with five awesome guitar moments:
‘November Rain,’ Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses toned down their wild child image a bit after their monster debut album ‘Appetite for Destruction’ and explored some new musical realms on the ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums. ‘November Rain’ sounds almost alien to the high energy of ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ but maintains the GN’R feel. The song all culminates with Slash’s emotional solo that says things that no words can.
‘Slither,’ Velvet Revolver
The music world was buzzing in 2004 when Slash and two of his fellow ex-GN’R members joined forces with singer Scott Weiland. Velvet Revolver’s debut album was glowing red hot with anticipation and Slash did not disappoint. He gave fans something to cheer for with the single ‘Slither’ and the instant classic serpentine riff.
‘Hey Joe,’ with Steve Winwood, Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell
When Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, Slash teamed up with two former members of the Experience to pay tribute to the guitar god. Hendrix’s playing style has had an obvious influence on Slash and here he gave something back to one of his idols by covering ‘Hey Joe.’
‘Godfather Theme and Solo’ with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
Lately, Slash has been tearing up the live circuit with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The six-string madman is known to wow audiences with a break in the setlist to demonstrate his incredible soloing ability. Here, he works in the theme from ‘The Godfather’ before laying waste to his fretboard.
Guns N’ Roses, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’
If there’s one sure-fire way to get any room full of people absolutely pumped in a matter of seconds, its by playing ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’ The lead serves as an anthem to anything fun and is the sonic antithesis of boring. In a time where power ballads were starting to dominate, GN’R snuffed out any flicked Bics within a ten mile radius.
What are some of your favorite moments from Slash’s career?