Slash (Saul Hudson) was born in Hampstead, London, Britain on the 23 July 1965 to Olivia (Ola) an African American costume designer and Anthony Hudson an artist. His mother was continually away pursuing her career, so he was raised by his father and his paternal grandparents in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. It was not a happy childhood as he was not on good terms with his father and they continually fought even coming to blows. His father eventually joined his mother in Los Angeles, California, USA when Slash was 5 years old. His mother often took him on her assignments and outings and this resulted in him meeting several film stars and music artists. His younger brother Albion (Ash) Hudson was born in 1972. Shortly after this in 1974 his parents separated. Slash became a problem child due to his father’s continual drinking binges and resulting fights between father and son. Slash went to live with Ola his mother.
In 1979, at the age of 14, Slash decided to form a band with his friend Steven Adler, but it never came to anything, though it did encourage him to take up a musical instrument and he decided to learn to play a bass guitar. After hearing his teacher, Robert Wolin, play ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones, he decided to change to playing the guitar instead.
In 1981 he joined the band Tidus Sloan. He formed the band Road Crew with his friend Steven Adler (Drums) and Duff McKagan (Bass guitar) but, were unable to find a vocalist. The band was disbanded the following year. He and Adler then joined the band Hollywood Rose, playing with singer Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin (Guitar). After leaving Hollywood Rose, Slash joined the rock music band Black Sheep. He also unsuccessfully auditioned for a place in the band Poison.
Axel Rose and Izzi Stradlin asked Slash to join them in their newly formed rock music band Guns N’ Roses in June 1985. The rest of the new band’s lineup was made up of Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. The band was named as the ‘Most Dangerous Band in the World’ due to their disorderly and seditious behaviour. Guns N’ Roses signed up with the Geffen Record label in 1986. Their debut studio album ‘Appetite for Destruction’ was released in July 1987, becoming the best sold album of all time in the USA, selling 18million in the States and 28million worldwide. They also released an EP ‘Live?!*@ Like Suicide’ the same year.
Their only #1 hit in the USA was the song ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ in 1988. November 1988 Guns N’ Roses released their second rock music studio album ‘G N’ R Lies’ in November 1988, consisting of only 8 tracks. Due to rising tensions in the band regarding personal interpretations of drug usage, Axl Rose threatened to leave the band if the members did not stop their drug use. Slash promised to clean up, but Steven Adler was fired the following year due to his heroin addiction, Matt Sorum (Drums) replaced him.
In September 1991 Guns N’ Roses released their next rock music studio albums ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’, debuting respectively on the USA Billboard 200 Album chart at #2 and #1. In November Izzy Stradlin left the band suddenly and he was replaced by Gilby Clarke.
Slash played his last concert with Guns N’ Roses in July 1993. In November the band released their new rock music studio album ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’. The band Slash’s Snakepit was formed by Slash in 1994, as a side line, with Matt Sorum (Drums), Mike Inez (Bass guitar), Eric Dover (Vocals) and Gilby Clarke (Rhythm guitar). Slash’s Snakepit released its debut rock music studio album ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’ in February 1995. Slash announced in October 1996, after three years of hiatus, that he was no longer a member of Guns N’ Roses.
Slash reorganized and resurrected Slash’s Snakepit in 1999 with a new line-up of Ryan Roxie (Rhythm guitar), Johnny Griparic (Bass guitar), Rod Jackson (Vocals) and Matt Laug (Drums). Their second studio album ‘ Ain’t Life Grand’ was released through Koch Records in October 2000. Slash’s Snakepit was disbanded in 2002.
After a tribute concert reunification with friends Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum and discovering the magic was still there, Slash and his friends decided to form the band Velvet Revolver, with Scott Weiland as vocalist. The band released their rock music single ‘Set Me Free’ and in June 2004 releasing their debut studio album ‘Contraband’, debuting on the USA Billboard 200 Album chart at #1. Their second studio album ‘Liberstad’ was released in July 2007. In March 2008 during a tour, Weiland announced that this would be the Velvet Revolver’s last tour, leaving the band the following month. The band was never officially disbanded. As they could not find a suitable vocalist, Slash announced that the band would be going on a hiatus for the next few years.
Slash released his solo album titled ‘Slash’, featuring various other guest artists in April 2010, debuting at #3 on the USA Billboard 200 Album chart. He released his second solo rock music studio album ‘Apocalyptic Love’ in May 2012, winning the award ‘Best Guitarist of the Years 2012’ by Loudwire’s readers. His third solo studio album ‘World on Fire’ was due for release in September 2014.
Slash’s genres are: Hard Rock; Heavy Metal and Blues Rock.