Slash, born on July 23, 1965, stands tall as a popular figure in the world of metal. However, unbeknown to many, his life reads like a quintessential rock ‘n’ roll rebel’s story — a chaotic childhood, the epitome of success, and, ultimately, a devastating (and controversial) band breakup. Think you know everything about Slash? Think again.
Slash was born Saul Hudson in Hampstead, London, U.K. His parents work in the entertainment industry. His father, Anthony Hudson, designed album covers for big names like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. On the other hand, his mother, Ola J. Hudson, was an African-American costumier and fashion designer, whose clientele comprised Janis Joplin, David Bowie, and Ringo Starr. He also has a brother named Albion “Ash” Hudson.
During his early childhood, Slash was brought up by his father and paternal grandparents in the U.K., while his mom worked in Los Angeles, U.S., where he joined her at age five. After his parents’ separation in 1974, he moved in with his mother, occasionally visiting his beloved grandmother when Ola traveled for work. In 1979, he planned to form a band with Steven Adler, who was a friend, but it has yet to materialize. However, this prompted the artist to take up an instrument and he decided to play bass. He began learning the one-string flamenco guitar, which his grandmother gave him, and took classes from Robert Wolin. Then, he heard his teacher play the song ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones and made the switch from bass to guitar. Interestingly, one of his school teachers would often play tracks by Led Zeppelin and Cream, bolstering his decision to play guitar.
The guitarist began his career in 1981 with the band Tidus Sloan. He then garnered massive success in 1985 when he joined Guns N’ Roses, which disbanded in 1996 and broke a million hearts. Slash stated that this separation was due to his personal and creative differences with the members. After that, he continued to play with various bands over the years, such as Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver and released a debut solo album in 2010.
Slash joins the band Guns N’ Roses and replaces Tracii Guns.
Guns N’ Roses releases their debut album titled “Appetite for Destruction,” which sells more than 28 million copies worldwide.
His guitar riff spearheads the song ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ which becomes the number one hit in the U.S.
The artist begins a side project named Slash’s Snakepit and receives critical acclaim for his music.
His band’s song ‘Slither’ wins a Grammy.
He releases his self-titled debut solo album.
Why We Love Slash
His legacy and uniqueness
Slash is known as an innovator in modern music. In fact, he is viewed as the high-water mark in rock 'n' roll. The artist has never failed to mesmerize us with his unique style and unparalleled skills.
He has it all
He delivers a lot in one package – the attitude, the looks, and most importantly, the sound. Slash is the only guitarist of his generation and subsequent generations to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with artists like Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, and Rory Gallagher.
He worked his way up
Anyone who knows this legendary guitarist up close is aware of his persistence and hustle. His bandmate and friend Duff Mckagan even describes the guitarist as someone who, despite being truly gifted, never takes the gift for granted. It is safe to say that he is not good by chance, but he flat out works hard.
5 Surprising Facts
Slash likes exotic animals
The artist has several snakes, including a boa constrictor and anaconda, and even once owned a mountain lion named Curtis’
He was a kleptomaniac
He was a kleptomaniac as a teen and his signature top hat is also a shoplifted item.
He does not smoke
Slash is a non-smoker but is addicted to coffee.
Slash is a dino-geek
The guitarist is so fascinated by dinosaurs that he can distinguish between them (whose names we cannot even pronounce).
The origin of his moniker
Actor Seymour Cassel used to call him “Slash” due to the artist’s perpetual hurry and hustle — and the name stuck.
Is Slash still married?
No, he and Perla Hudson, his wife of 17 years, got divorced in 2019.
Does Slash have kids?
He has two sons: Cash Anthony and London Emilio.
Is Slash American?
Slash is British-American and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K.
Slash’s birthday dates