Slash Reveals Details About His Childhood, Career, and Bands

British-American musician and Guns N’Roses guitarist Saul Hudson, popularly known as Slash, was born in Hampstead, London, on July 23, 1965. He lived in Stoke with his family but moved to the US when he was six. Slash believes his father inspired him to become a rock’n’roll musician.

Slash Playing Gibson Guitar.
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According to him, his music taste changed from rock bands like The Yardbirds to electric music from Phoebe Show after moving to the US. He sat down with James Gill of Loudersound to reflect on his life and career, and here are the best bits from the interview.

He Was Into Music From Early On

Slash was born into music. His parents were into the music business, and according to him, he was “around it 24/7.” He was always listening to music and seeing sessions. He also knew what he liked and what he didn’t. But Slash always took it for granted.

Slash performs with his band 'Tidus Sloan' in highschool.
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He said it never occurred to him that he would make a career out of music. It wasn’t until he met Steven Adler in junior high that he knew there was something in it for him. Slash became Adler’s electric guitar and was soon off and running.

How He Met Axl, Izzy, and Duff

Slash met Steven when he was a guitarist but then moved to drum. He had gone home to learn to play drums, and when he returned, Slash met Izzy Stradlin. They met at the music store, and Izzy played a tape that had Axl on it.

Duff McCagan, Slash, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, and Steven Adler pose backstage.
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Slash and Steven decided to get Axl on their Guns N’ Roses band and went to see him play at Cazares. Although Izzy left, Duff McKagan answered the band’s ad for a bass player. They all got together in 1984 but didn’t get signed until 1986.

Slash Can’t Count How Many Women He’s Been With

As expected, Slash traveled a lot at the peak of his career. He had problems with drugs and alcohol and claimed there were some “ups and downs” as they got in all kinds of trouble. At a point, the label didn’t want them playing any shows!

Slash and Perla Hudson during an event.
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Interestingly, Slash has been labeled a ladies’ man. When asked how many women he’s been with, the British-American said he couldn’t count. He claimed he isn’t a ladies’ man because he has always been a “one-girl guy.” He would go on crazy tangents because he was “just horny.”

He Didn’t Expect Appetite for Destruction to be a Hit

The Guns N’ Roses band’s debut studio album was Appetite for Destruction. Although Duff had expected the album to sell at least 40k copies, Slash admitted he had no expectations. He was confident they were the “coolest f****** rock’n’roll band.” And he was satisfied with that.

Slash performs on stage.
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The album peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album and seventh-best-selling album of all time in the country. It is also among the highest-selling albums of all time, with over 30 million copies sold globally.