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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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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Slash + Tenacious D’s Jack Black Rock Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s Beastly Ball

Watch footage of Slash and Tenacious D's Jack Black teaming up for 'Welcome to the Jungle' at the L.A. Zoo's Beastly Ball.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slash to Headline L.A. Zoo’s 50th Anniversary Beastly Ball With Virtual Reality Show

Slash will head up the L.A. Zoo's 50th Anniversary Beastly Ball concert with a show that will also be available to view in virtual reality.

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Jesse Grant / Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Guns N’ Roses Members Win Four Honors in 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards

See which categories the members of Guns N' Roses won in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Myles Kennedy: ‘The Door Is Definitely Open’ for Resuming Slash Solo Band

In a new interview, Myles Kennedy reveals that he and the Conspirators have been in touch with Slash about the timeline for resuming their band.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Report: Slash Claims to Have Never Technically Been Married to Perla Hudson in Divorce Proceedings [Update]

TMZ reports that due to a bizarre technicality, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash claims to have never been married, complicating his divorce with Perla.

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Dave Kotinsky, Getty Images

Myles Kennedy: When Slash Told Me About Guns N’ Roses Reunion [Podcast Preview]

In this Podcast Preview, Myles Kennedy reveals when Slash told him that Guns N’ Roses were planning their reunion tour.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Myles Kennedy on Slash Reuniting With Guns N’ Roses: ‘I Don’t See It Slowing Down Anytime Soon’

Myles Kennedy, who sings in Slash's solo band, discusses his happiness for the guitarist's return to Guns N' Roses and his thoughts on if it will continue.

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Kickstarter

Slash Covers Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ for Daredevil Eddie Braun’s Snake River Canyon Jump

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have covered Elton John's 'Rocket Man' as a fundraiser for daredevil Eddie Braun's Snake River Canyon jump.

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Rolling Stone

Slash Surprises ‘School of Rock’ Broadway Cast by Jamming Guns N’ Roses Classics With Them

As the young musicians ripped through 'Sweet Child O’ Mine,' Slash emerged from the shadows with guitar in hand, bringing joy and surprise to the kids’ faces.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slash on Guns N’ Roses: ‘Everybody’s Really Getting Along Great’

Giving his first interview since rejoining Guns N' Roses earlier this year, guitarist Slash said everyone in the band is 'getting along great.'

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