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The name Saul Hudson may not mean much to many music fans but the name “Slash” certainly does. Lead guitarist with Guns N’ Roses for many years, Slash was born in London, England on July 23, 1965 but spent his earliest years in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. At the age of five, Slash and his family relocated to Los Angeles and, after his parents’ separation, was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother. Through his mother’s work as a costume designer the young Saul Hudson met film and music stars and was nicknamed “Slash” by the actor Seymour Cassel because of his constant rushing about. The first involvement with music came when Slash was fourteen and he and friend Steven Adler decided to form a band. Slash was designated as bass player and enrolled for lessons at the Fairfax Music School where he quickly switched to lead guitar having been impressed with his teacher’s rendition of the Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar”. Bitten by the guitar bug, Slash dropped other hobbies and pursuits and devoted himself to mastering the instrument, practicing for up to twelve hours a day. In 1981 Slash joined the band “Tidus Sloan” but left less than two years later to form his own group “Road Crew” taking bassist Duff McKagan with him. Unable to find a suitable lead singer, the new group quickly disbanded and Slash joined local band “Hollywood Rose” which featured a singer named Axl Rose and a guitarist called Izzy Stradlin. Leaving “Hollywood Rose”, Slash played with another group “Black Sheep” and failed an audition with glam metal outfit “Poison”. 1985 saw the turning point in Slash’s career when he was invited by former band mates Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin to join their new group Guns N’ Roses. Quickly building up a devoted following, and scouted by major record companies, Guns N’ Roses signed for Geffen Records in early 1986 and recorded their debut album “Appetite for Destruction” which was released in 1987. The album was a smash hit, selling millions worldwide, and included mega hits “Sweet Child of Mine”, “Paradise City” and the iconic “Welcome to the Jungle”. The second studio album “G N’ R Lies” was released later the same year and, although not as well received as “Appetite”, sold more than five million copies and included the classic song “Patience”. The band was back at the top of the pile with the release of the albums “Use Your Illusion” I and II in 1991. The two albums debuted in the U.S. charts at numbers one and two and established Guns N’ Roses as one of the top rock bands in the world. Internal disharmony saw Slash leave the band late in 1996 and co-found supergroup “Velvet Revolver” with former G N’ R members McKagan and Matt Sorum. Although together for six years, “Velvet Revolver” only released two albums before Slash moved on yet again to work on his solo album “Slash” which went straight to number three in the U.S. charts upon its release in 2010. The second solo album “Apocalyptic Love” was released in 2012 and saw Slash team up with “Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators” with whom he also worked on the following albums “World on Fire”, released in 2014 and 2018’s “Living the Dream”. Recognized as one of the top guitarists in the world, Slash has received many accolades for his work and was named as one of the “Ten Best Electric Guitar Players” by “Time” magazine in 2009.

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