This week’s featured artist is Slash! Born as Saul Hudson on July 23rd 1965, he is a British-American musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist of American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In 1993, Slash formed the side project Slash’s Snakepit, and left Guns N’ Roses in 1996 (he would return in 2016). In 2002 he co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s. Slash has released four solo albums: Slash (2010), Apocalyptic Love (2012), World on Fire (2014), and Living the Dream (2018), which was recorded with his band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
Slash owns more than 100 guitars, and prefers the Gibson Les Paul, which he has called “the best all-around guitar for me.” Gibson has credited him and Zakk Wylde with bringing the Les Paul back into the mainstream in the late 1980s. On stage, Slash prefers Marshall amplifiers, particularly the Marshall “Silver Jubilee” JCM 2555 amp.
Slash has received critical acclaim and is considered one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. Time magazine named him runner-up on their list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009, while Rolling Stone placed him at number 65 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011. He has also earned similar accolades from Guitar World, Total Guitar, and Gibson, with Gibson’s readers putting him number 9 on Gibson’s “Top 25 Guitarists of All Time”. In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup.
Check below of a live video of Sweet Child O’ Mine with his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators from 2013, and head to our blog for a tab of its famous main riff!
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