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Slash (born July 23, 1965) is an American musician, best known as the guitarist for the band Guns N' Roses. He was ranked no. 65 on Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011, among receiving many other accolades.

 

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Slash was born Saul Hudson in Hampstead, London to Ola and Anthony Hudson. His mother is an African-American costume designer who created costumes for such artists as David Bowie. His father is a British artist—he was also in the thick of the rock world, creating album covers for Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. Slash was given his nickname by a family friend. When Slash was just a baby, his mother left for Los Angeles, California to pursue her career. He was raised by his father and his father's parents while he was young.

 

When he was five years old, he and his father joined his mother in Los Angeles. His parents divorced after a few years, and Slash became somewhat rebellious. He lost interest in his schoolwork, and when he was 14 years old, he began to play the bass. He joined his first band, Tidus Sloan, and not long after, dropped out of high school to go on tour.

Slash spent the next four years in a series of bands. One of them was Hollywood Rose, which was made up of Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin, which went on to become the foundation for Guns N' Roses. In 1986, the band was signed to Geffen Records. In 1987, they released their debut album Appetite for Destruction.

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The album sold over 28 million copies worldwide. Heroin had already become a problem by this point, causing tensions to grow. In 1989, Rose made a very public announcement that he would leave the band if certain band members didn't stop "dancing with Mr. Brownstone," which was a reference to a song they had written about heroin use.

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In 1991, the band went on tour, releasing the albums Use Your Illusion and Use Your Illusion II. The records were successful, debuting at no. 2 and no. 1 respectively on the Billboard charts.

Decline was on the horizon though, marked by the moment Izzy Stradlin left the band. In 1993, Slash left Guns N' Roses. Despite rumors that it was because of artistic differences with Rose, Slash later claimed in his autobiography that he left the band for three reasons: because Rose had made the band take the stage later than they had planned to throughout the Use Your Illusion tour, because Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler had quit, and because Rose had forced Slash and other members sign contracts that distinguished them as "hired hands."

In 1994, Slash formed Slash's Snakepit, which included former Guns N' Roses members Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke, as well as Alice in Chains' Mike Inez and Jellyfish's Eric Dover. The band recorded songs Slash had written for Guns N' Roses that had never been recorded with the album It's Five O'Clock Somewhere (1995). The album was a critical and popular success. The group disbanded in 1996.

From 1996 to 2002, Slash toured in various configurations of rockers. A semi-reformation of Slash Snakepit released the album Ain't Life Grand in 2000, but the album wasn't as successful as the band's previous album.

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In 2002, Slash regrouped with former Guns N' Roses members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form the group Velvet Revolver. The band experienced somewhat of a renaissance with the album Contraband (2003), which debuted at no. 1 on the U.S. chart. In 2010, the band announced they would remain on hiatus while members worked on solo projects.

 

In 2001, Slash was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and wasn't expected to live beyond a few weeks. After surviving with a defibrillator, he became sober in 2006.

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  • Birthday Date: Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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