Saul Hudson was born on July 23, 1965, better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician. He is the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he performed and recorded between 1985 and 1996. He later formed Slash’s Snakepit & co-founded Velvet Revolver w/ his former bandmates Duff McKagan & Matt Sorum, & his debut solo record album, Slash, was released in April 2010. Slash has received critical recognition as a guitarist. In August 2009, Time Magazine ranked him #2 on its list of the “10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time”. He was also ranked #21 on Gigwise’s list of the “50 Greatest Guitarists Ever”.
According to Slash’s wife during an interview w/ Rockerrazzi.com, both Ozzy Osbourne & Fergie will make appearances on Slash’s forthcoming solo album, saying, “It’s going to be Slash & friends, w/ everyone from Ozzy [Osbourne] to Fergie.” Other musicians set to appear on the release include Josh Freese, Chris Chaney, Travis Barker, M. Shadows and Jason Bonham. In 2009, he played the guitar parts on the cinema score of The Wrestler, composed by Clint Mansell.
On June 30, 2009, Slash performed his 1st solo show, at the Quart Festival in Norway. His band was composed of Franky Perez (Scars On Broadway) on vocals, John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson) on guitar, Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) on bass, Jason Bonham (Foreigner) on drums & Teddy Andreadis on keyboards. Special guests included Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Ron Wood. His touring band will be fronted by Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy, who provided vocals on Slash’s songs “Back From Cali” & “Starlight” from his self-titled debut solo record album. Slash’s guitar solo is featured in Rihanna’s 2009 album Rated R”s 4th single Rockstar 101. Slash’s self titled record album recently was certified “platinum” in New Zealand with sales over 35,000. Slash was the honoree at the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival, on August 26, 2010, which included members of the West Hollywood City Council and Mayor John Heilman presenting Slash w/ the official plaque for “Slash Day.”
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