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Slash

As the lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, Slash established himself as one of hard rock's finest and most soulful soloists during the late '80s, technically adept yet always firmly grounded in the gritty Aerosmith and Stones licks he loved. Slash was born Saul Hudson on July 23, 1965, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to artistic parents both involved in the entertainment industry; his mother was a clothing designer who worked on David Bowie's film The Man Who Fell to Earth, and his father designed album art for such artists as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. The family eventually moved to Hollywood, where Hudson attended junior high, received his first guitar, and met future GNR drummer Steven Adler. With Hudson adopting the nickname Slash, given to him by a family friend, the two formed a band called Road Crew; although it proved unsuccessful, it was the vehicle through which they met and eventually joined up with the other members of Guns N' Roses.

The Gunners debuted in June 1985, and even before Appetite for Destruction was released in 1987, the bandmembers acquired a reputation as notorious alcohol and drug abusers. As their popularity soared, the reserved Slash established himself as an important part of the band's visual image, with a top hat and a mound of shaggy black hair covering his face as he typically staggered around the stage with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. Hedonistic excess consumed most of the band, with such incidents as Slash and Duff McKagan's drunken, profane acceptance of the band's American Music Award on live television. In 1990, opening for the Rolling Stones, Axl Rose's infamous on-stage pronouncement that he would leave the band if certain members did not stop "dancing with Mr. Brownstone" (using heroin) was primarily directed at Slash and Adler; Slash kicked his habit within a year, but Adler did not and was fired. In 1992, Slash courted controversy again with a product endorsement for Black Death vodka. Later that year, he was married to actress and model Renee Sorum, a union that lasted five years.

Meanwhile, in spite of controversy and personnel turnovers, Guns N' Roses had actually continued to record music. After the Use Your Illusion sets of 1991 and the 1993 punk covers album The Spaghetti Incident?, the band went on hiatus. Slash formed a side project called Slash's Snakepit, which consisted of fellow Gunners Matt Sorum (drums) and Gilby Clarke (guitar), plus bassist Mike Inez and vocalist Eric Dover. The group released an album in 1995 titled It's Five O'Clock Somewhere; Slash hit the road with a slightly different touring lineup, with Brian Tichy and James LoMenzo signing on as the rhythm section. In 1996, Slash put together a different band to play at a blues festival in Budapest, an endeavor that evolved into Slash's Blues Ball. Featuring vocalist/harmonica player Teddy Andreadis, rhythm guitarist Bobby Schneck, saxophonist Dave McClarem, bassist Johnny Griparic, and drummer Alvino Bennet, Slash's Blues Ball devoted themselves primarily to a repertoire of classic blues covers, plus occasional GNR and Snakepit material.

Rumors about the status of Guns N' Roses had been swirling for some time, and in October 1996 it was confirmed that, owing to his unwillingness to follow Axl Rose's interest in industrial and electronic music, Slash was no longer a member of the band (although he left the door open for a reunion if Rose decided to return to guitar-based rock & roll). He gigged off and on with the Blues Ball into 1998, although a rumored live album never materialized. Instead, Slash decided to re-form the Snakepit in 1999 with an entirely different lineup (the original members were by this time involved in other projects, and the Blues Ball was more suited to touring than developing original material). Raspy-voiced singer Rod Jackson and ex-Venice drummer Matt Laug came on board, along with Blues Ball bassist Griparic (now Johnny Blackout) and Teddy Andreadis, who contributed keyboard and harmonica work. After trying out ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie, Slash settled on rhythm guitarist Kerry Kelly, who had previously worked with Warrant and Ratt.

The new Snakepit played some gigs together and in the spring of 2000 completed a new album, which was originally slated to be released on Interscope/Geffen. However, feeling that a more traditional guitar rock album would get lost in the promotional shuffle, Slash moved over to Koch, which finally released Ain't Life Grand in October 2000. A few years later, Slash teamed up again with McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland to form the supergroup Velvet Revolver, who released their first album in 2004. Velvet Revolver released a second album called Contraband in 2007 and fell apart not long afterward. Slash regrouped by releasing his memoir in 2007 and cutting his eponymous first solo album, drafting a bunch of friends -- including Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Kid Rock, and Fergie -- to sing lead vocals. For the supporting tour, Slash had Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy sing lead. This union proved strong, as Kennedy was the only singer on Slash's second album, 2012's Apocalyptic Love, which hit number four in the American album charts upon release. Two years later, Slash released World on Fire, his second album with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators; it debuted at number ten on the U.S. charts upon its September 2014 release. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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There are so many people nowadays that don't do power guitar solos that I love. Thanks for the guitar awesomeness.
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motohead62
Agreed, Slash n Myles together make an AMAZING power band, hope they do much more together...
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I'm am 11 years old and and I look up to you as my hero I want to play guitar just like you
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Love all his work also wanted me to play guitar and hope to be like him on day
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Myles Kennedy is the best lead vocalists of all time!!!!!!!! ! !
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I really think they hit it with the Slash/MK match up - Love it!!
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hey dude, noone is better than anyone ok? each one has their style. I pesonaly prefer slash but i realy like tremonti ts well
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I think mark Tremonti is better
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jcmitch30
Man I love rock and roll .slash andmkc forever
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Pandora, it's Myles Kennedy not Miles Kennedy.
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My Dads birthday is on fathers day.
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Did you know Myles Kennedy was in Led Zeppelin.
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Do you miss Axl Rose.
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nicko252008
BUCKETHEAD learned all of GnR's hardest songs when he tried out for guns, learned them in 15 minutes in his car, went inside a blew the band away.
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desiree.whee l e r
I have always loved Slash but didn't really know who Myles Kennedy was....saw them on TV at the Roxy and was blown away by his vocals!!!!! He has fast become one of my favorites. Hope they continue to make music together for a very long time!
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Slash you are my mentor and idol
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Velvet Revolver with Miles Kennedy as lead singer?????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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Oh! and bring Miles Kennedy.
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You are Invited to my Dads birthday.
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I Love your songs.

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i luv you slash
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Keep slashing slasher!
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I'm going to go see slash and Myles Kennedy in May at rock on the range can't wait
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Myles Kennedy is the s**t,what a great song!!!!!
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These two did an acoustic version of civil war by gnr. Look it up on YouTube. It's freakin' ridiculous!
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Slash and Myles Kennedy... match made in heaven right there
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He's still hot! ♥
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Lubbit
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Slash baby
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It's all about dime bag Darrell holy s**t he was the best in heavy metal history
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U rock Slash!! ImI
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Jimmy Hendrix was know as a guitar God.
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Rippin'!!
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Best damn band ever!
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BEST THE BEST EVER
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Slash rocks!
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Who needs Axle's egotistical a**. Slash is doing fine by himself..... b y the way HAS 'CHINESE DEMOCRACY BEEN RELEASED YET? LOL.
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Ever since slash came out with gnr with his own style of music.hes always been one of my faves.he a bad a**.rock on
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Slash, you are so F**KING AWESOME!!
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Slash is the best in the world
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Best guitarist out there? Just about- - I mean Tom morello from RATM and Santana are pioneers as well in Guitar riffing and sound
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aerosmith 4 metallica in artists pandora
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Check out carlos santana
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All these people sayin slash is the best guitarist ever yeah he's amazing but no one will ever live up to the great randy rhoads
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To problem child from 4months ago, I also would want to meet & speak with either slash or paul mccartney! Either of these men have lived just exceptional lives & would dig knowing certain details. Bothguys are sooo talented musically that to be able to have really in depth conversation would a wish I could remove from my bucket list! PEACE PEOPLE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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kiss your left hand 2. say your crushes name 3. close your hand 4. say a weekday 5. say your name 6. open your hand 7. post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you picked
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or put aerosmith back for metalica thx
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adler or buckcherry plz for audioslave
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add adler back from the dead plz
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