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With his signature top hat, shock of black curls, and formidable talents, Saul Hudson, better known by his stage name of Slash, is one of rock’s most respected and recognizable hard rock guitarists. Born in England, on July 23, 1965, and raised in Los Angeles, Slash rose to fame as a member of the notorious Guns n’ Roses, which catapulted to global fame on the strength of 1987’s seminal ‘Appetite for Destruction’ album — then stayed there thanks to subsequent smashes like ’88’s ‘GnR Lies’ EP and 1991’s’s twin ‘Use Your Illusion’ double LPs. Throughout these years, both Slash and his bandmates indulged in assorted illegal substances and decadent behavior, as the pressures of stardom and punishing tours took their toll, until the band collapsed into a lengthy hiatus out of which it would not emerge intact. But even before this troublesome turn of events, Slash had proven himself a musical workaholic and serial collaborator, contributing his guitar playing to artists as diverse as Michael Jackson and Lenny Kravitz, before launching his own solo band, Slash’s Snakepit, via 1995’s ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’ album. Slash would carry on splitting his time between the Snakepit, other musical projects, and his various chemical dependencies throughout the ‘90s and beyond, but he finally kicked his bad habits after a serious health scare in 2005. Around this time, Slash also joined his former Guns bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in a supergroup with Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, which they dubbed Velvet Revolver. The group was warmly embraced by hard rock fans and produced two hit al-bums in 2004’s chart-topping ‘Contraband’ and ’07’s top five ‘Libertad,’ but inevitably ground to a halt in ’08 due to bickering egos and Weiland’s ongoing struggles with substance abuse. Yet the indefatigable Slash simply got back to work and has carried on making new music, releasing new albums, and touring largely under his own name.

Selected Discography: ‘Appetite for Destruction’ (1987), ‘Use Your Illusion I & II’ (1991), ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’ (1995), ‘Contraband’ (2004), ‘World on Fire’ (2014) Related Artists: Guns n’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver Further Reading: 10 Best Guns N' Roses SongsTop 50 Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists of All-Time
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Dave Grohl, Rob Halford, Slash + More Pay Tribute to Lemmy Kilmister at Memorial [Update]

Dave Grohl, Rob Halford, Slash, members of Metallica and many more paid homage to Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister at his memorial.

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Gabe Ginsberg, Getty Images (2)

Conspirators Bassist Todd Kerns Excited for Slash’s Return to Guns N’ Roses

Slash's Conspirators bandmate Todd Kerns wrote about his anticipation of the Guns N' Roses reunion and the loss of Scott Weiland.

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Jesse Grant / Paul Kane / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Slash, Paul Stanley, John 5 + More Star in ‘Turn It Up’ Electric Guitar Documentary

Slash, Paul Stanley, John 5 and more share their love for the electric guitar in the 'Turn It Up' documentary.

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Jesse Grant / Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Slash + Duff McKagan Officially Join Axl Rose in Guns N’ Roses Coachella Lineup

It's now been officially confirmed that Slash and Duff McKagan will join Axl Rose in the Guns N' Roses lineup that will be playing Coachella.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slash Pays Tribute to Scott Weiland, Lemmy Kilmister at New Year’s Eve Show

Slash performed a New Year's Eve show and paid tribute to two of the biggest rockers we lost in 2015.

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Ethan Miller / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Report: Guns N’ Roses, Featuring Axl Rose + Slash, to Headline 2016 Coachella Festival

According to Billboard, Guns N' Roses, with Axl Rose + Slash on board, will headline the 2016 Coachella Festival and is in the process of booking other dates.

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YouTube: USCAthletics

Slash Performs National Anthem With USC Marching Band

Slash was invited to perform the National Anthem at the USC vs. UCLA football game with the USC marching band to back him. Watch the video inside.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slash Bemoans Music Industry Interest in ‘Commercial One-Hit Wonders’

The guitarist bemoans how the music industry has changed and artists are not allowed the opportunities to grow at their own pace.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slash Contemplates Collaboration With Indian Musicians

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are making their maiden voyage to India and have discussed the idea of collaborating with Indian musicians.

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Ozzy Osbourne Joined By Tom Morello, Slash and Geezer Butler at Voodoo Experience

Ozzy Osbourne played a solo set at the Voodo Music + Arts Experience and had a few guests join him on stage. Watch some of the footage inside.

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