6 Things About Guns N Roses Guitarist Slash That Will Blow Your Mind

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

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The more you read about the Guns N Roses co-founder and Guitarist Slash the more intrigued you are with the iconic rocker. Here are six things about the talented musician that will blow you mind.

1. Slash is the quintessential American rock guitarist.

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Although his mom is black and his dad is white he doesn’t consider himself an African-American. The reason being is he was actually born Saul Hudson in England. He moved to Los Angeles when he was 11-years-old. However he received his US citizenship in 1996, but he still considers himself a British-American.

2. Slash explains why his dad gave him his nick name:


“His reason for calling me Slash was that I never stood still for more than five minutes. He saw me as someone who was always working on his next scheme.” (Slash)

3. David Bowie was almost his step-father

David Bowie and his mom Hudson dated for a while in the 70’s. She was a designer who worked very closely with a lot of rock stars, David Bowie included. In an interview Slash said he remembers when he was nine walking in on Bowie and his mother nude. He also said that although the two were in love he had a problem with Bowie always being at the house so soon after his mom and dad divorced. The tension between Bowie and Slash may have been the reason why the relationship didn’t work. It was before Bowie married his long time wife Iman who looks strikingly similar to Ola.

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4. At 35-years-of age doctors gave him only six weeks to live.

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At the age of 35, Slash was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, caused by years of drug and alcohol use. He was given just weeks to live, but he had a defibrillator implanted and, beating the odds, went on to survive. He has been sober since 2006, and in 2007 he published his autobiography, titled simply Slash.

5. Slash credits his mother Ola Hudson,

Slash credits his mom for his success, his number one fan until she died in 2009 and her Led Zeppelin collection for his success. He credits his mom, who was an artist herself encouraged his creativity. As a costume designer her clients included Ringo Starr, John Lennon and David Bowie. His mom was also credited for helping him to stop smoking after she lost her battle with lung cancer.
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6.King Of Pop Michael Jackson’s big onstage Clash with Slash

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Back in 1991, Michael Jackson was the undisputed king of pop while Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was king of the six string. The two forces came together on Jackson’s iconic track ‘Black or White,’ but during a special live performance, things got a little “heated” between the two when Slash wouldn’t stop soloing, much to the “displeasure” of Michael Jackson.

To be fair, this was a choreographed part of Michael Jackson’s live show, but to anyone oblivious in the crowd, Slash and Michael’s onstage clash could have felt unbelievably uncomfortable.

This video begins at the tail-end of Michael Jackson’s performance of ‘Black or White,’ as the pop icon and Slash duo rock out in close proximity. The supposed end of ‘Black or White’ seems to have been around the 30-second mark, but despite some passive hints from Michael Jackson, Slash just wouldn’t stop soloing. The singer eventually walked off stage while two “production guys” failed in their attempts to stop Slash.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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