Saul Hudson (born 23 July 1965), in Hampstead, an area of London, better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he performed and recorded and achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He later formed Slash’s Snakepit during his later years with Guns N’ Roses. He then co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver with his former bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s. His debut solo album, Slash , was released in April 2010. It was 2011 that he wrote and featured on Kick It Up A Notch, the end credit song for The Disney Channel Original Movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. (Kick It Up a Notch Songfacts). He wrote his self-titled autobiography which was put on print on 2007.
Slash released his eponymous debut solo album. The album, simply titled Slash, debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. chart upon its release in April 2010 featuring an all-star roster of guest musicians, including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and Iggy Pop. To promote the album, Slash embarked on his first solo world tour with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge—who also appeared on the album—on vocals, Bobby Schneck on rhythm guitar, Todd Kerns on bass, and Brent Fitz on drums.
Slash has received critical acclaim as a guitarist. Time named him runner-up on their list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009,while Rolling Stone placed him at No. 65 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011.Guitar World ranked his solo in "November Rain" No. 6 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos" in 2008, and Total Guitar placed his riff in "Sweet Child o' Mine" at No. 1 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Riffs" in 2004.
Slash was the first musician to own a signature amplifier created by Marshall for him. In 1996 the Marshall Slash JCM 2555SL was launched, built with the specs of Slash’s own original 1987 Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555 amplifier. A total of 3000 of these amplifiers were made before it was discontinued.
Slash began working on his second solo album in June 2011. He collaborated with his touring band mates Myles Kennedy, Todd Kerns, and Brent Fitz, with the resulting album billed to "Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators". The album, titled Apocalyptic Love, is set for release in May 2012.
On July 24th at the Victoria Hall in Stoke On Trent, Slash – Made in Stoke 24/7/11 concert marked Slash’s return to the town in which he grew up. The show came towards the end of his 2010/11 world tour in support of his debut solo album “Slash”. Lead vocals on the tour were handled by Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and the setlist featured tracks from his solo album, from his albums with both Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver and classic songs that he co-wrote for Guns’n’Roses. Also included interviews with Slash, Miles Kennedy, Uncle Ian. Songs from this album includes “Patience”, “Back From Cali” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
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