Slash (musician)

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Slash (2017)

Slash (born July 23, 1965 in Hampstead , London , England ; actually Saul Hudson ) is a British - American rock musician ( guitarist ). Slash was best known with the rock band Guns N 'Roses , in which he played guitar from 1985 to 1996. Since the Not-in-this-Lifetime- Reunion-Tour in 2016 he has been a permanent member of the band again as lead guitarist . During the 20 year absence from Guns N 'Roses, Hudson played guitar with Velvet Revolver and Slash's Snakepit . In 2010 he released his first solo album Slash , which was followed by Apocalyptic Love in 2012 , World on Fire in 2014 and Living the Dream in 2018 . The Rolling Stone listed him as 65th of the 100 best guitarists of all time .


Slash (2015)

Saul Hudson grew up in England as the child of an African-American mother and an English father . Both parents worked in the entertainment industry: Hudson's mother, Ola Hudson, made costumes for artists like David Bowie , and his father designed album covers for musicians like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell . When Hudson was eleven, his parents separated and he moved to Los Angeles with his mother . He met many musicians and actors through his mother. The actor Seymour Cassel , whose children Hudson was friends, gave him the name "Slash" . Slash attended Beverly Hills Continuation High School along with other later artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Nicolas Cage .

As a teenager he rode BMX and won several smaller prizes in this discipline. At the age of 15 he got his first acoustic guitar , on which he quickly learned to play the guitar. The first musical influences came from guitarists such as Rory Gallagher , Van Halen , Eric Clapton , Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck , but also from rock bands such as Led Zeppelin , The Rolling Stones , Queen and Aerosmith . He began to devote all of his time to playing the guitar, which caused his academic performance to suffer. In the eleventh grade he dropped out of school and founded the first bands. As part of the Los Angeles music scene, Slash met drummer Steven Adler , with whom he formed the band "Road Crew". However, this only became known through their constant line-up changes, with Slash and Adler remaining the only constants.

After Slash and Adler received a demo tape by guitarist Izzy Stradlin , on which Axl Rose could also be heard as a singer, the musicians agreed to meet. Stradlin and Rose, for their part, had problems keeping the band Hollywood Rose together: guitarist Tracii Guns and drummer Rob Gardner saw themselves unable to give concerts with Hollywood Rose, whereupon Slash and Adler initially stepped in as temporary workers. After the first successful appearances, both bands merged to Guns N 'Roses ; Recordings and world tours followed. Guns N 'Roses became one of the most successful rock bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s . The tour to the double album Use Your Illusion was to date the longest tour a band had ever embarked on. Between the first gig in 1991 and the last one in October 1993, Guns N 'Roses gave over 300 concerts worldwide. After the world tour, Slash took on the US citizenship.

In 1996 Slash left Guns N 'Roses after tension in the band and especially around Axl Rose. Slash founded the band Slash's Snakepit back in 1994 , with whom he recorded two albums by the end of 2001. The contact with the other members of Guns N 'Roses never completely broke off at this time, which is why musicians like Duff McKagan ( bass ) and Matt Sorum (successor to Adler as drummer for Guns N' Roses) on the first record of Slash's Snakepit - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - can be heard. Slash also founded the band Slash's Blues Ball, where he played old blues rock classics. The band gave a few concerts but did not record a record.

Slash at Velvet Revolver

After a joint benefit concert in 2002, the ex-Guns-N'-Roses musicians Hudson, McKagan and Sorum founded the band together with the former singer of the Stone Temple Pilots , Scott Weiland , and the guitarist Dave Kushner (Ex- Suicidal Tendencies ) Velvet Revolver , in which Slash is still active today. In September 2005 the toy manufacturer McFarlane Toys brought out a realistic miniature sculpture of the musician.

In 2010 Slash played together with Tom Morello on Cypress Hill's new album Rise Up the songs Rise Up and Shut 'Em Down .

On July 10, 2012, Slash received a star in the music category on the Hollywood Walk of Fame . The eulogy was given by Charlie Sheen .

In 2016, Slash returned to Guns N 'Roses with bassist Duff McKagan.

Private life

Little is known about Slash's personal life. Slash was married to actress and model Renee Suran for five years. The two separated in 1997. Three years later he married Perla Ferrar, with whom he has two sons and who lived together until 2014. His autobiography Slash was published in November 2007 . In late 2014, tabloids announced Slash's marriage-off.

Today he lives with Meegan Hodges, with whom he was dating around 1990, near San Fernando , Los Angeles.


Slash mainly plays Gibson brand Les Paul guitars . His intensive use of this model since the early days of Guns N 'Roses literally led to a boom in this model and laid the foundation for a close partnership with the company, which has dedicated several signature models to him to this day .

Slash is also known for his close association with the British amplifier manufacturer Marshall , who in 1996 became the first artist in the company's history to dedicate an amplifier series to him. In 2010 Marshall brought out another Slash Signature amplifier with the AFD100. The name AFD is composed of the initials of the first Guns N 'Roses album A (ppetite) F (or) D (estruction), for whose recordings Slash used a modified Marshall amplifier. Reproducing the sound of this amplifier was the reason the AFD100 was developed. Slash uses a wah-wah from Dunlop in his solos to this day . It is a modified pedal according to his ideas. Together with the manufacturer MXR, Slash developed the Octafuzz pedal, and with the pickup manufacturer Seymour Duncan, Slash developed pickups according to his ideas. Slash has also launched a digital version of its equipment with the software manufacturer IK Multimedia: Amplitube Slash.

Solo album

In April 2010 he released his first solo album called Slash , on which he played with many rock greats (including Duff McKagan , Lemmy Kilmister , Andrew Stockdale , Iggy Pop , Ozzy Osbourne , Kid Rock , Fergie , Myles Kennedy and Dave Grohl ) is heard. The album reached number 4 in the German charts. In 2012 the album Apocalyptic Love followed in which all vocal parts were sung by Myles Kennedy ( Alter Bridge ). The album reached number 5 in the German charts and number 4 in the USA. In 2014 Slash released the third solo album " World on Fire ". The singer was again Myles Kennedy, as on the album " Living the Dream " released in 2018 .

In 2011 Slash and Myles Kennedy released their first live album together, "Made in Stoke". In addition to songs from his solo record, it also included songs from the Snakepit albums, but also the Guns-N'-Roses songs Nightrain, Rocket Queen, Civil War, Patience, Sweet Child o 'mine, Mr Brownstone and Paradise City. With Slither there is also a song by Velvet Revolver. The concert was also released on DVD / BluRay. In 2015 Slash released the album "Live at the Roxy". This live recording was released as a double CD and as a DVD / BluRay. It contains songs from all three solo albums, but also Guns-N'-Roses songs and, with Slither, another song by Velvet Revolver

As a guest musician

In the video and computer game Guitar Hero III - Legends of Rock , Slash made a guest appearance as one of three boss opponents. A “battle” was composed and recorded by Slash for this purpose. He was also the model for many of the animations.

On February 6, 2011, Slash appeared with the Black Eyed Peas and Usher on the Super Bowl XLV halftime show .

In addition to his bands and solo projects, Slash has often worked as a guitarist for other artists in the past. These guest appearances include artists as diverse as Lenny Kravitz , Michael Jackson or Brian May . There were both guest appearances at concerts and as a guest musician for a music album. Slash also introduced "The Roast of Charlie Sheen " with a guitar solo. The following is a list of his guest appearances that were used for an album:

Artist album year song
Alice Cooper (various albums) - Hey Stoopid
Lost in America
Only Women Bleed
Under My Wheels
Vengeance Is Mine
BLACKstreet fix 1997 fix
Bob Dylan Under the red sky 1990 Wiggle Wiggle
Boz Scaggs The Concert for the Rock
1996 Red House
Brian May Resurrection 1993 Tie Your Mother Down (live)
Brian Tyler The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 Mustang Nismo
Brüno Brüno 2009 Dove of Peace
Carole King Carole King in concert 1994 Locomotion
Carmine Appice Carmine Appices Guitar Zeus 1995 Where You Belong
Carole King Color of Your Dreams 1993 Hold out for love
Cheap trick Silver 2001 You're all talk
Chic Chic Live at the Budokan 1996 Le Freak
Stone Free
Daughtry Daughtry 2006 What I want
Derek Sherinian Blood of the Snake 2006 In the summertime
Doro Pesch Calling the Wild 2000 Now or Never
Duff McKagan Believe in me 1993 Believe in Me
Just Not There
Verve Street Child 2003 Street Child
Ella El 1998 Bayangan
Gilby Clarke Pawnshop Guitars 1994 Cure Me… or Kill Me…
Tijuana Jail
Graham Bonnet The Day I Went Mad 1999 Oh! Darling
Iggy Pop Brick by Brick 1990 Home, Butt Town, Pussy Power
My Baby Wants to Rock
N 'Roll
Insane clown posse The Great Milenko 1997 Halls of Illusions
J Pyromania 1997 But You Said I'm Useless
Lenny Kravitz Mama Said 1991 Always on the Run
Fields of Joy
Marta Sánchez Azabache 1997 Moja mi corazon
Matt Sorum Hollywood Zen 2003 The Blame Game
Michael Jackson Dangerous 1991 Black or White
Give In to Me
History 1995 DS
Blood on the Dance Floor:
HIStory in the Mix
1997 Morphine
Invincible 2001 Privacy
Motorhead March or Die 1992 You Better Run
I Ain't No Nice Guy
Paul Rodgers Muddy Water Blues:
A Tribute to Muddy Waters
1993 The Hunter
In Concert: Merchants of Cool (LIVE) 2002 Wishing Well
Puff daddy In Concert: NetAid (LIVE) 1999 It's All About the Benjamin
Ray Charles More Music from Ray 2005 Baby let me hold your hand
Ray Charles Sings for America 2002 God Bless America Again
Rihanna Rated R 2009 Rock star 101
Rod Stewart Human 2001 Human
I Can't Deny It 2001 Peach
Stone Free (Various Artists) A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix 1994 I don't live today
Teddy Andreadis Innocent Loser 1996 Innocent Loser
Shotgun Shack
The outpatience Anxious Disease 1996 Anxious Disease
(Tribute to Led Zeppelin) Stairway to Heaven 1997 Communication breakdown
Sammy Hagar Marching to Mars 1997 Little White Lie
Sam Kinison Have You Seen Me Lately 1988 Wild thing
Leader of the Banned 1990 Highway to Hell
Spinal Tap Break like the wind 1992 Break like the wind
Steve Lukather Santamental 2003 Broken Heart for Christmas
Edgar Winter Rebel Road 2008 Rebel Road
Yardbirds Birdland 2003 Over, Under, Sideways, Down

Discography (selection)

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
  DE 4th 04/23/2010 (13 weeks)
  AT 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 04/23/2010 (19 weeks)
  CH 3 04/18/2010 (13 weeks)
  UK 17th 
04/17/2010 (12 weeks)
  US 3 04/24/2010 (14 weeks)
iTunes Session EP
  US 174 January 15, 2011 (1 week)
Live - Made in Stoke 24/7/11 (feat. Myles Kennedy )
  DE 40 11/25/2011 (1 week)
  AT 74 11/25/2011 (1 week)
  CH 80 11/27/2011 (1 week)
  US 194 December 03, 2011 (1 week)
Apocalyptic Love (feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators)
  DE 5 06/01/2012 (7 weeks)
  AT 3 06/01/2012 (9 weeks)
  CH 3 06/03/2012 (13 weeks)
  UK 12 
06/02/2012 (10 weeks)
  US 4th 06/09/2012 (11 weeks)
World on Fire (feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators)
  DE 2 09/26/2014 (5 weeks)
  AT 5 09/26/2014 (6 weeks)
  CH 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 09/21/2014 (10 weeks)
  UK 7th 
09/27/2014 (11 weeks)
  US 10 04/10/2014 (8 weeks)
Live at the Roxy 25.9.14 (feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators)
  DE 29 06/19/2015 (3 weeks)
  AT 69 06/26/2015 (1 week)
  CH 60 06/21/2015 (1 week)
  UK 57 06/27/2015 (1 week)
Living the Dream (feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators)
  DE 6th 09/28/2018 (4 weeks)
  AT 2 05.10.2018 (4 weeks)
  CH 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 09/30/2018 (7 weeks)
  UK 4th 04.10.2018 (2 weeks)
  US 27 06.10.2018 (1 week)
Living the Dream Tour
  DE 27 09/27/2019 (1 week)
  CH 42 09/29/2019 (1 week)
Kashmir ( Escala feat. Slash)
  UK 78 06/06/2009 (1 week)
Rockstar 101 ( Rihanna feat. Slash)
  US 64 08/14/2010 (5 weeks)
Beautiful Dangerous (feat. Fergie )
  DE 90 02/11/2011 (1 week)
Live - Made In Stoke 24/7/11
  CH 9 11/27/2011 (1 week)
Live at the Roxy 9/25/14
  CH 2 06/21/2015 (8 weeks)



With Guns N 'Roses

With Slash's Snakepit

  • It's Five O'Clock Somewhere (1995) (UK: Silver record icon.svg)
  • Ain't Life Grand (2000)

With Velvet Revolver



  1. Vunter Slaush
  2. 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Rolling Stone , December 18, 2015, accessed August 8, 2017 .
  3. ^ Interview with Slash . In: BBC Channel 5 (Ed.): Live from Studio Five . May 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Caroline Ryder: Slash ( Memento September 10, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) . In:, accessed April 8, 2019 (archive version).
  5. Slash turns 50
  6. ^ Cypress Hill: Return with Snoop and Tom Morello
  7. Slash: His & Her Tattoos
  9. ( Memento from June 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  10. ( Memento from December 28, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  11. a b c Chart sources: DE AT CH UK1 UK2 US
  12. a b c Music Sales Awards: UK

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