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In the mid-80s, Saul Hudson, aka Slash, made his name as the leading axemen for the “Most Dangerous Band in the World”: Guns N’ Roses, and by the 2000s, the British-American musician cemented himself as one of the greatest guitarists in hard rock history.
While random trivia about the Velvet Revolver founder is always circulating: He only plays Gibsons, almost always rocks a top hat, is seven years clean and sober--there is also a surplus of Slash quirks that some fans might not be aware of.
In honor of the rock legend’s 48th birthday this week, we’d like to share with you some of these unique tidbits in the “Top 5 Ways That You Don’t Know Slash”!
It’s hard for us to talk Slash without mentioning his former frontman Axl Rose, whom the birthday boy hasn’t even spoken to since their big split in 1996. In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Slash says that despite offers in the seven-figures and some “even more grandiose than that,” he does not foresee a GNR reunion anytime in the future: “It’s not just me, it’s the whole band,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a price tag that anybody’s going to put in front of us that’s gonna make that work.”
The band's reunion at their 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (sans Axl Rose) may be the closest we get for quite some time:
That’s right! In 2010, the “Welcome to the Jungle” rocker was welcomed to West Hollywood’s third-annual Sunset Strip Festival, where the mayor officially dubbed August 26th as “Slash Day.” The commemoration was “very poignant to me on a personal level,” Slash said in Rolling Stone, as Hollywood has served as his stomping grounds since childhood. "I learned to play guitar and started bands here when I was 16,” Slash told the rock mag. “And Guns N' Roses obviously was from here . . . our first gigs were all here."
Slash’s considers “Sweet Child O’ Mine” the “worst” GNR song, reveals former bandmate Duff McKagan in his 2012 autobiography “It’s So Easy: (and other lies).” “Ironically,” notes NME, the tune is GNR’s “biggest selling hit all over the world,” and UK’s Total Guitar has placed the Slash-manned riff at No. 1 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Riffs" (via BBC News).
If his “Snakepit” didn’t already give it away, Slash has always been an animal lover and in 2009, he made headlines for adamantly supporting a state-of-the-art exhibit expansion for the elephants in the Los Angeles Zoo.
As a child growing up in Southern California, a young Slash spent a wealth of his time at the LA Zoo, and over the years he has come to know its animal handlers personally. One such on-site keeper is Karen Poly, who told Reuters that she has “always been impressed with Slash’s knowledge of animals. In many cases, he is even able to identify the different subspecies, something that most people can’t do." Not surprisingly, Slash was a prime supporter for the construction of the zoo’s new lizard house in 2012.
"I watch SpongeBob SquarePants” and “love building Legos with my kid,” Slash revealed in an interview with Us Weekly. “I'm an avid dinosaur and pinball machine collector,” and “have a pet anaconda named Sam.” “I don’t know how to cook,” he continues, and “I have candy and chocolate stashed in the house that I secretly get into.” And being the father to two boys aged 10 and under seems to have brought out his inner child, as Slash recently recorded the theme to "Angry Birds: Space."
For more information on the birthday rocker, check out his website and Facebook. Is there any Slash trivia that we forgot to mention? Be sure to tell us in the comments section below!
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