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Guns N' Roses guitarist turns 51 today! Listen to our Top 5 Slash Guitar Solos
Saul Hudson, mainly known as Slash, was born in Hampstead, London UK, on July 23, 1965, and was raised in Stoke-on-Trent. Both his parents worked in the entertainment business, as his mother being a clothing designer (she did some of David Bowie's costumes) and his father being an art director for a record company. When Slash was 11 he moved with his mother to Los Angeles, leaving his father behind in England, although he eventually joined them in L.A. years later. Slash became sort of an outsider at school since he didn't really fit in with other kids. In the mid 70s his parents separated and Slash moved in with his grandmother. When he was 15 he got his first guitar, and his schoolwork started to go downhill as he skipped class to sit playing guitar all day. Slash eventually got so tired of school that he dropped out in 11th grade. As he lived in Los Angeles, a city flourishing with new, young rock bands, he quickly got in touch with people to jam with. After meeting Steven Adler the two of them formed a band called Road Crew. Then he met Izzy Stradlin who played in a band with Axl Rose, and after hearing Axl sing live, he was set on getting him in his band. Soon a bass player answered one of Slash's ads in the paper, and Slash (guitar), Steven (drums), Izzy (guitar), Axl (vocals) and Duff McKagan (bass) formed Guns N' Roses in 1986.
And the rest is rock history.
#5 'Sweet Child o’ Mine' (Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction)
#4 'Speed Parade' (Slash’s Snakepit – Ain’t Life Grand)
#3 'Crucify the Dead' (Slash – featuring Ozzy Osbourne – Slash)
#2 'Paradise City' (Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction)
#1 'Watch This' (Slash – featuring Dave Grohl and Duff McKagan)