Birth name Saul Hudson
Born July 23, 1965 (age 50)
London , England , UK
Origin Los Angeles, California , U.S.
Genres :Heavy metal , hard rock, blues rock
Years active 1981–present
Labels Dik Hayd, Eagle Rock Entertainment , EMI , Geffen, Koch , RCA ,
Roadrunner , Sony , Universal , UZI Suicide
Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash , is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with Guns N’ Roses, Slash formed the side project Slash’s Snakepit . He then co- founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver , which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s. Slash has since released three solo albums, Slash (2010), featuring an all-star roster of guest musicians, Apocalyptic Love (2012) and World on Fire (2014) recorded with singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, along with rhythm section Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns , known on the album as The Conspirators.
Saul Hudson was born in Hampstead, London. He was named after Saul Steinberg , an artist.His mother, Ola J. Hudson (born Oliver;1946–2009),was an African-American costume designer, whose clients included David Bowie , and his father, Anthony Hudson, is a white English artist who created album covers for musicians such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell . Contrary to several reports, Slash’s mother was not Nigerian,nor is his father Jewish.
Of his mixed background, Slash later remarked, “As a musician, I’ve always been amused that I’m both British and black; particularly because so many American musicians seem to aspire to be British while so many British musicians, in the sixties in particular, went to such great pains to be black.
1981–1985: Early years
Slash joined his first band, Tidus Sloan, in 1981. In 1983, he formed the band Road Crew —named for the Motörhead song ” (We Are) The Road Crew “—with his childhood friend Steven Adler , who by then had learned to play drums. He placed an advertisement in a newspaper looking for a bassist, and received a response from Duff McKagan .
They auditioned a number of singers, including one-time Black Flag vocalist Ron Reyes , and worked on material that included the main riff of what would become the Guns N’ Roses song ” Rocket Queen.”Slash disbanded the group the following year due to them not being able to find a singer, as well as Adler’s lack of work ethic compared to himself and McKagan.
He, along with Adler, then joined a local band known as Hollywood Rose , which featured singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin. Following his time with Hollywood Rose, Slash played in a band called Black Sheep and unsuccessfully auditioned for Poison , a glam metal band that he would later openly deride.
1985–1996: Guns N’ Roses
Main article: Guns N’ Roses
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. Later that year, they began recording their debut album, but initially nothing was accomplished as Slash had developed a drug problem.