Saul Hudson, famous by his stage name, Slash, is a British-American musician born on 23th July, 1965 in West Hampstead, London. He was raised in Stoke-on-Trent, which is a city in Straffordshire. At eleven years of age, his family moved from Straffordshire to Los Angeles, California. His parents had a separation and he lived with his mother primarily. A friend of the family gave him the nickname of Slash. Slash decided to form a band with a friend Steve Adler, and picked up his first bass guitar. Subsequently, he dropped out of high school and started focusing on music as a career. Slash formed a band called Road Crew in 1983 with his old friend Steven Adler. Road Crew broke up shortly afterward, and he became a part of a local band called Hollywood Rose, led by Axl Rose, who Slash had recently met. After playing with Hollywood Rise for a while, he played briefly in a band named Black Sheep. In the June of 1985, Slash along with his childhood friend Steven Adler were invited to be a part of the band Guns 'N' Roses with Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagen. Guns 'N' Roses toured around in bars and opened for bigger acts around the period of 1985 to 1986. It was during this time that the band came up with most of their classic songs, such as Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, and Sweet Child o' Mine. Around this period, major record labels scouted them, and they finally signed with Geffen. They were tagged as the Most Dangerous Band in the World.
By 1988, Guns 'N' Roses had scored its first hit with Sweet Child o' Mine, which was a song with the spearhead of Slash's riff and solo guiatar. Appetite for Destruction became the best-selling debut album of all time in the United States as well as the rest of the world, with around twenty-eight million copies sold worldwide, eighteen million out of which were sold in the United States alone. After Slash's exit from Guns 'N' Roses, he focused on his project Snakepit. He composed numerous songs in the mid-1990s and the band released the album Its Five O'Clock Somewhere in 1995. The album did well on the charts and eventually sold over 1.2 million copies in America with some promotion from Geffen Records. Slash rapidly became an in-demand guitarist over the coarse of the next decade, playing music with the likes of Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Wood, Insane Clown Posse, Bad Company, Michael Jackson, Cheap Trick and Ray Charles. He worked with Michael Jackson on his album Dangerous in 1990 and played lead guitar on his single Give in to Me, also appearing in its music video. He played guitar on Black or White and performed onstage with Michael Jackson on several occasions on the Dangerous World Tour.
He released his debut solo album named Slash in the April of 2010. In the August issue of 2009, Time Magazine ranked Slash number two on its 10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All Time. He was also listed number twenty-one on Gigwise's list of the 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever. He won the Best Guitarist award in the Esky Music Awards in Esquire Magazine in 2005. He has numerous other awards and honors to his credit as well.
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