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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: ‘World on Fire’ Album Review Read More: Slash News

Seether Nab Godsmack, Papa Roach, Slash + More for 2015 Rise Above Festival

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Seether have revealed the lineup for the 2015 Rise Above Festival, with Godsmack, Papa Roach, Slash and more set to help raise awareness for suicide prevention.

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Slash To Receive Prestigious Les Paul Award

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Slash, who has received numerous accolades over his long career, will need to make room in his trophy case for another award.

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Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Myles Kennedy Reflects on Introduction to Pantera


Alter Bridge and Slash frontman Myles Kennedy reflects on his introduction to Pantera's music and remarks on Dimebag Darrell's style of playing.

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Remembering ‘Dimebag’ Darrell: Slash Praises Dime’s ‘Phenomenal’ Guitar Skills


Slash puts a huge emphasis on what "a phenomenal guitar player" that the cowboy from hell truly was.

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U2 Send Case of Guinness to Recovering Alcoholic Slash

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Sometimes a good-natured gift misses the mark, much like U2 recently found out after welcoming guitar legend Slash to U2's home country of Ireland.

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Slash Salutes Ozzy Osbourne With MTV Europe Music Awards Performance of ‘Crazy Train’

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Slash, with help from Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil, saluted Ozzy Osbourne at the MTV EMA's with 'Crazy Train.'

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Slash TV Concert Special To Debut on DirecTV

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Back in September, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators played three shows at iconic Sunset Strip venues the Troubadour, the Roxy and the Whiskey-a-Go-Go

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Slash Shares His Scariest + Silliest Halloween Experiences

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When your name is Slash, you probably have a good Halloween story or two. And we were lucky enough to have the guitarist tell us a couple of Halloween gems.

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Slash Explains Why Corey Taylor Wasn’t Right for Velvet Revolver

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Slash opens up saying that Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was the “closest’ they have had to replacing Weiland.

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Slash on What He Admires Most About Axl Rose – Exclusive Video

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Instead of harping on the negative, we asked Slash to name a few of Axl's best qualities.

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