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Slash (born Saul Hudson, 23.7.1965) Slash is the former guitarist of American rock group Guns N' Roses and current guitarist of Velvet Revolver
Childhood: Slash was born into the rock 'n' roll lifestyle in Hampstead, London. His mother was a costume designer for David Bowie and his father was an artist who worked for the likes of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. He was raised in Stoke-on-Trent until he was 11, when the family moved to Los Angeles. Whilst in the States, his parents separated and he lived with his mother, next door to David Geffen.
Slash's grandmother bought him his first guitar when he was 16.
The Early Years: In 1983, Slash formed Road Crew, with his friend Steven Adler and Duff McKagan, who they recruited through a newspaper advertisement. His next band, Black Sheep, shared an agent with another LA band, Hollywood Rose. When both bands opened for Stryper in 1984, Slash became friendly with Axl Rose, Hollywood Rose's lead singer. Axl eventually asked Slash and Adler to join a new band, Guns N' Roses.
The Guns N' Roses Years: Guns N' Roses were signed to Geffen Records at the start of their career and the band became notorious for their heavy-drinking rock 'n' roll lifestyle, as much as for their music. The best-known songs of their early career include 'Paradise City', 'Sweet Child O' Mine' and 'Welcome To The Jungle'.
In 1987, following the release of Appetite For Destruction, Slash was sent to rehab to cure his drug habit. Returning to form, the Use Your Illusion albums were released in 1991. Many critics hailed Slash's guitar work as the best of his career to date. The band undertook a 28-month tour to promote the albums and when the tour was finished, Slash was naturalised as an American citizen.
Axl Rose rejected much of the material that Slash submitted for the follow up to Use Your Illusion, so Slash formed the band Slash's Snakepit. Their debut album, It's Five O'clock Somewhere, was released in 1995, selling over a million copies in the US, despite little promotion from Geffen Records. In October 1996, Slash's official departure from Guns N' Roses was announced, via a fax sent by Axl to MTV.
Life After Guns N' Roses: As well as continuing with Slash's Snakepit, Slash also worked as a well-respected session musician, for Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Insane Clown Posse, Stevie Wonder and Ronnie Wood.
Slash's Snakepit contributed several tracks to the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown and in 2000, released the second Snakepit album, Ain't Life Grand? The album achieved platinum status and Slash supported AC/DC on their 2000 world tour.
In 2002, Slash and Duff McKagan were reunited for a tribute concert for Randy Castillo. They decided to form a new band together and drafted in Keith Nelson and Josh Todd, both formerly of Buckcherry. The pair didn't last long and Slash and McKagan later recruited Dave Kushner and Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland.
Velvet Revolver: Slash, McKagan, Weiland and Kushner eventually began rehearsing as a solid line-up and released their debut single 'Set Me Free' for the soundtrack to The Hulk. 20004 saw the release of Velvet Revolver's debut album, Contraband. The album achieved double-platinum status.
In 2007, Velvet Revolver's second album, Libertad was released and they embarked on a tour to support the album. In Glasgow, Weiland announced onstage that this was the band's "last ever tour". The rest of the band had not discussed this being their last ever tour and the incident was a major catalyst in Weiland's forced departure from the band.
Personal Life: Slash is married to Perla Ferrar. He has two sons with Ferrar, London Emilio and Cash Anthony.
The cities, but not the dates, have been announced.
One of this century's biggest musical reunions is set to arrive this year as GUNS N' ROSES confirm 21 tour dates in a short teaser video, with a line-up that rejoins guitarist Slash and singer Axl Rose for the first time in 23 years. The new dates are in addition to their upcoming appearance at Coachella in April.
Guns N' Roses hit the road again
We knew Axl Rose, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan were doing at least one reunion show this year as the Coachella news had already been announced, but it seems they are extending their tenure this year with no less than 21 further dates. However, we're still waiting on the actual details; the only information they have released is a 15 minute video on their site yesterday (March 25th 2016) featuring the names of US cities where they will be playing. It also plays a snippet of their song 'Patience', worryingly taken from an album entitled 'G N' R Lies' but we're trying not to think about that.
Continue reading: Guns N' Roses Confirm North American Summer 2016 Reunion Tour
Lemmy’s funeral was also streamed live on Youtube with over 280,000 fans watching worldwide.
Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was laid to rest on Saturday, in a ceremony befitting a rock and roll legend at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. Over 280,00 fans watched the ceremony live on the band’s Youtube channel as names including Dave Grohl and Slash paid tribute to their friend and hero.
Pharrell Williams is the first act to be confirmed to perform at the 2015 MTV EMAs in Milan, Italy.
Pharrell Williams will perform at the 2015 MTV EMAs.
The 'Happy' hitmaker is the first act to be confirmed for the annual European Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy, on October 25.
The 42-year-old star is expected to perform his latest single 'Freedom' at the event, after it was nominated for Best Video and he was shortlisted for Best Male.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams For MTV EMAs Performance
Slash is set to star in a bizarre ''dark fairytale'' movie called 'Gutterdämmerung'.
Slash is set to star in a bizarre ''dark fairytale'' movie.
The iconic guitarist is the latest musician to join the strange 'Gutterdämmerung' film, which has been described as a ''rock 'n' roll/film/gig concept'' from visual artist Bjorn Tagemose.
The GUNS N' ROSES rocker will appear alongside Grace Jones, Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Justice, Josh Homme and other famous faces in the movie, which will involve the stars in a strange quest to find the ''Phallic tool of eternal torment''.
Continue reading: Slash For Bizarre Gutterdämmerung Movie
The Guns ’n’ Roses frontman and guitarist Slash are though not to have spoken since 1996.
Guns ’n’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and former member Slash are reportedly on speaking terms again, nearly 20 years after the guitarist’s exit from the band. In an interview with Swedish website Aftonbladet, Slash revealed that the two have finally buried the hatchet, saying that the reunion was ‘probably way overdue’.
Slash has said he’s buried the hatchet with Axl Rose.
When asked during the interview if he and Rose had ‘made friends again’ Slash said, "It was probably way overdue, you know. But it's very cool at this point to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long."
Continue reading: Have Slash And Axl Rose Finally Buried The Hatchet?
Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper's band Hollywood Vampires have announced two new concerts in Los Angeles next month.
The group, which also features Joe Perry, have announced they will perform two shows at The Roxy in West Hollywood on September 16 and 17, having previously announced an international performance at Rock in Rio festival in Brazil for later in the month.
As well as the trio of musicians, the band will be joined by a band of other talents including former GUNS N' ROSES drummer and bassist, Matt Sorum and Duff Mckagan, one of Alice's many collaborators, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Johnny's former The Kids bandmate Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar.
Continue reading: Hollywood Vampires Announces Two Shows
The Hollywood Vampires - which features legendary rockstars Alice Cooper, Slash and Dave Grohl, award-winning actor Johnny Depp and Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney - are to release their debut album as a tribute to the original band.
The Hollywood Vampires are to release their debut album.
The supergroup - which features legendary rockstars Alice Cooper, Slash and Dave Grohl, award-winning actor Johnny Depp and Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney - have come together to release an album as a tribute to the original band.
Alice, who was one of the founding members, said: ''To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members. I would walk in on a typical night and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon - who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur -Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.''
Continue reading: Hollywood Vampires Unveil Tribute Album
Rocker Slash Has Confessed To A Childhood Crush On Head-spinning The Exorcist Star Linda Blair.
The guitar great tells Fandango MovieClips' I Love Movies the 1973 horror movie had a lasting affect on him as a young film fan - and actress Blair became his first pin-up.
He explains, "As a kid, I ended up having a huge crush on Linda Blair from The Exorcist, and that's just so wrong.
"The first time I saw The Exorcist was in the back of a Volkswagen in a drive-in theatre. Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells theme was so perfectly creepy for The Exorcist itself. A really great score like that one becomes an essential character in the movie."
Continue reading: Slash Had A Teen Crush On 'Possessed' Linda Blair
Slash has praised Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl for soldiering on with a broken leg whilst performing in Sweden at the weekend. Slash thinks it's ''great'' he could do that.
The iconic guitarist took the time - after playing Download Festival on Sunday (15.06.15) - to praise the Foo Fighters frontman and insisted he would have done exactly the same thing if he was injured during a show.
Speaking after his triumphant slot at this year's festival at Donington Park, he told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Isn't that great? Carrying on with a broken leg is the spirit of rock 'n' roll and power to him. I mean that's what I would do.''
Continue reading: Slash Says Grohl Has Spirit Of Rock 'n' Roll
On this double CD, the behatted guitarist and his chums show just how they laid waste to the (in)famous West Hollywood club, The Roxy, on the night in question.
The set covers not only Slash's solo career but also, as might be expected, songs from the Gunners and Velvet Revolver. Myles Kennedy's vocals are certainly on the mark on the original and VR material but, maybe, if you're very familiar with Axel's versions, then perhaps not so much on the G'n'R songs.
All that is by the by, though, when you hear the noise this lot whip up on stage. The atmosphere is captured well and the intimacy of the small venue stokes up the band's performance to an intense level. Slash is on fire and his soloing devastating, especially on the closer of CD1, 'Rocket Queen'. The Conspirators back up the front two with the enthusiasm and skill that one would expect, completing the tightness of the whole operation.
Richie Sambora and Slash - Adopt the Arts presents 'An Evevning Honoring Billy Gibbons and Butch Trucks For Their Contributions To Art and Culture' held at The Roxy - Performance at The Roxy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 12th January 2015
Matt Sorum, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Butch Trucks and Duff Mckagan - Matt Sourm hosts the 'All Star Band Jam' featuring Duff McKagan, Butch Trucks and Billy Gibbons in aid of Adopt the Arts Foundation at The Roxy in West Hollywood at West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 12th January 2015
Slash - Lead guitarist from the American rock band Guns 'n' roses Slash won the Sena European Guitar Award 2014. The event was held at Club Ziggo in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tuesday 25th November 2014
Date of birth
23rd July, 1965
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