Birth Name: Saul Hudson
Date of Birth: 23 July 1965
Birth Place: Hampstead, London, England, UK
Nationality: USA, UK
Height: 5′ 10″
Occupation: Musician, songwriter, record producer, film producer
Saul Hudson, mainly known as Slash, was born on July 23, 1965, and was raised in Stoke-on-Trent.Both his parents worked in the amusement business, his mother being a clothing designer (she performed some of David Bowie’s costumes) and his father being an art director for a record company. During his former years, Slash was raised by his father and paternal grandparents in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire while his mother gave the household shortly after Slash’s birth to pursue her career, a determination that caused great tension on those involved due to the fact that Slash had never caught along well with his father, even extending as far as to come to blows over simple differences of impression. Anthony made it a habit to take Slash on outings often while they existed in England.In between the period of Slash moving to L.A. and his parents’ separation, Ola made several tries to make up for lost time with her son by getting him on excursions with her acquaintances as well as to work with her where Slash met several films and music superstars. His brother, Albion “Ash” Hudson, was born in 1972.Slash became sort of an outsider at school since he didn’t actually correspond in with other children. In the mid-70s, his parents separated and Slash moved in with his Nan.The separation of Slash’s parents in 1974 due to several issues like constant separation, Anthony’s dislike of Ola’s mother aiding with the family and Anthony’s love of alcohol constantly making him insult others led to Slash becoming extremely troubled and a self-identified “problem kid.
During this time Slash got interested in BMX riding, and traveled on to win several accolades and money in contests. When he was 15 he received his first guitar, and his schoolwork started to go downhill as he cut class to sit playing guitar all day.Slash eventually got so tired of school that he dribbled out in 11th grade.
He quickly got in contact with people to jam with.After meeting Steven Adler the two of them made a band called Road Crew.And so he met Izzy Stradlin who played in a band with Axl Rose, and after hearing Axl sing live, he was set on finding him in his circle.
In June 1985, Slash was asked by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin to join the newly founded Guns N’ Roses, along with Duff McKagan and Steven Adler; completing the line-up.They played nightclubs—such as the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, and The Troubadour—and opened for larger acts throughout 1985 and 1986. It was during this period that the band wrote most of its classic material, including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,”, and “Paradise City,” As a result of their rowdy and rebellious behavior, Guns N’ Roses quickly received the moniker “Most Dangerous Band in the World,” causing Slash to remark, “For some strange reason, Guns N’ Roses is like the catalyst for controversy, even before we had any kind of record deal After being scouted by several major record labels, the band signed with Geffen Records in March 1986. After that year, they began recording their debut album, but initially nothing was accomplished as Slash had developed a drug problem.In July 1987, Guns N’ Roses released its debut album, Appetite for Destruction, which as of September 2008 has sold over 28 million copies worldwide, 18 million of which were sold in the United States, establishing it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. during this time Slash worked with artists like Michael Jackson on the Dangerous album and Lenny Kravitz, just to mention two.But after the Use Your Illusion tour, GNR decided to call for a pause. On October 10, 1992, Slash married model-actress Renée Suran in Marina Del Rey, California but soon they divorced each other. Slash, however, needed to play music and so he made his own band Slash’s Snakepit.With the success of this bands album its Five O’Clock Somewhere (1995), Slash told the public that Slash’s Snakepit would be back once more. During this time Slash and Axl were having some heated arguments about Guns N’ Roses and what would occur next. Guns N’ Roses as we experienced them then, was forced out by the result as Slash decided to leave the ring, handing all rights of the band name over to Axl. After this Slash did a few gigs here and there, formed a band called Blues Ball who played blues covers, and even brought back Slash’s Snakepit as he stated he would, although they didn’t last very long this time either. Slash chose to regroup Slash’s Snakepit with Rod Jackson on vocals, Ryan Roxie on rhythm guitar, Johnny Griparic on bass, and Matt Laug on drums. Their second album, Ain’t Life Grand, was released in October 2000 through Koch Records. It did not sell equally good as the band’s previous release, and its critical response was mixed. To push the album, the band—with Keri Kelli on rhythm guitar—embarked on an extended world tour in support of AC/DC in the summer of 2000, followed by their own headlining theater tour. Slash disbanded Snakepit in 2002. In between, Slash met Perla Ferrar and on October 15, 2001 and married her. It’s not surprising that he wore black leather pants, a white shirt and his faithful black leather jacket to the wedding! His new position as a married man didn’t slow him down, though. In 2003, “Velvet Revolver” was made by the old members of Guns N’ Roses. Slash, Duff and Matt (who replaced Steven in 1990), Scott Weiland (vocals) from Stone Temple Pilots and Dave Kushner (guitar) from Wasted Youth. Velvet Revolver’s debut album Contraband (2004) was long-awaited and sold incredibly well. They are now going to show up on the second Live Aid concert along with many other huge artists, which will be held in London. Velvet Revolver’s plans to turn a rock band of great magnitude are definitely in the works. He has made his title as one of the greatest rock n’ roll guitar players in history. In September 2008, Slash began production on his debut solo album. He traced the procedure of recording by himself as “cathartic. “The album’s title was“Slash”. It was debuted at No-3 on the U.S. chart upon its announcement in April 2010. It featured an all-star roster of guest players. Slash began working on his second solo album in June 2011. The album’s title was Apocalyptic Love. It was released on May 22, 2012. Slash was awarded for the “Best Guitarist of the Year 2012” by Loudwires readers in the beginning of 2013. He got a tour in the summer of 2014 with Aerosmith. His third solo studio album’s title was “World on Fire”. It was also billed as “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators”. It was released on September 10, 2014.
Slash is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. At the age of 35, Slash was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy which was a form of congestive heart failure induced by his many years of alcohol and drug exploitation. Merely, he survived through physical therapy and the implantation of a defibrillator. In 2009, following his mother’s death from lung cancer, he quit smoking.
In 2004, on a list of “The 100 Greatest Riffs” by the readers of Total Guitar, Slash’s introductory riff in “Sweet Child o’ Mine” was voted as No-1. Slash has received critical approval as a guitar musician in 2005. In 2006, on a list of “The 100 Hottest Guitar Solos”, his solo in “Paradise City” was voted No-3 by entire guitar’s readers. His solos in “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “November Rain” were ranked No-30 and No-82. During Metal Hammer’s fourth annual Golden Gods awards in 2007, Slash got the title of “Riff Lord”. He was ranked No-21 on Gigwise’s list of “The 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever” and the Guitar World placed Slash’s solo in “November Rain” at No. 6 on their list of The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. He was honored with a star on the Rock Walk of Fame. His image was located just beside Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix. His solo in “Sweet Child o’ Mine” was ranked No-37 on the list. In 2010, the readers of Total Guitar voted his riff in “Slither” runner-up on the list of “The 50 Greatest Riffs of the Decade,” while his riff in “By the Sword” was ranked No 22. In 2009, he was named runner-up on “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” list in Time. He was praised as a remarkably precise player. In 2011, Rolling Stone declared Slash as the No-65 of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He was the honoree at the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival. He was introduced by West Hollywood mayor John Heilman with a panel declaring August 26 as “Slash Day”. Slash was inducted as a member of the classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Slash received a Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award in 2012. And then in January 2015 Slash received the Les Paul award.
Slash is an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock, a national non-profit that works to rejuvenate and revitalize music education programs in disadvantaged public schools. He has visited Little Kids Rock students, closed up with them and donated instruments and his time. Slash’s passion for music is evident in his charity as well as his art.