As a musician, artist, philanthropist, and iconic rock figure, Slash has left a lasting imprint on the world that cannot be measured in a few short words. His trademark sound is as original as it is unmistakable. His body of work has given us some of rock’s greatest anthems. From television (including a 2011 surprise performance at Super Bowl XLV, the biggest sporting event on the planet) and radio to professional sporting events, his music continues to provide a soundtrack for life. He was recently honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which named him as an official selection for 2011 to receive a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame.
He is currently writing his second solo album and will go into the studio later this year, with its released planned for 2012 on his own Dik Hayd Records. His 2010 solo debut, SLASH debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions on over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand. The 14-song disc features collaborations with vocalists Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Ian Astbury, Lemmy Kilmister, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Duff McKagan, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, and Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother.
SLASH recently launched his new horror film production company, Slasher Films, at Sundance in January 2011. The first film is slated to go into production this year.
It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since Saul “Slash” Hudson burst onto the scene with Guns N' Roses. The band’s 1985 debut Appetite For Destruction is the second highest selling debut of all time and remains one of rock’s most revered collections. Appetite has sold more than 18 million copies to date. Branded “The World’s Most Dangerous Band,” GN’R cemented its reputation as a live act by playing sold-out stadiums and arenas across the globe. During Slash’s tenure with GN’R, the band released five studio albums, all of which went multi-platinum.
In 2003, Slash formed Velvet Revolver with ex-Gunners Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. VR released two albums, Libertad, which spawned several chart topping singles and Contraband, the band’s Grammy Award winning debut in 2005.
Throughout his career Slash has amassed album sales nearing an astounding 100 million copies along with seven Grammy nominations along with countless other accolades, accomplishments and acknowledgements. In August 2009, Time magazine named him #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its list: The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All- Time. In 2009, as the guest mentor, he was a part of American Idol’s eighth and highest-rated season. His many television appearances include Ellen, The Drew Carey Show and South Park.
Never satisfied with resting on past laurels, Slash continues to evolve as a musician and an artist. Most recently, he’s been in the studio recording a solo project with the working title, Slash & Friends, an album of special guest collaborations.
Slash has lent his talents to numerous relief and volunteer efforts through recordings, appearances, and performances. In January of this year, he participated in the Music For Relief campaign to benefit Haitians affected by the earthquake that devastated the island nation.
Following the Indian Ocean tsunami, he joined forces with Elton John, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, and Andrea Bocelli, among many other notables for an all-star version of “Tears In Heaven,” to raise money for medical care and reconstruction for the hundreds of thousands of victims displaced by the natural disaster.
In December of 2009, he hosted a benefit concert for the Los Angeles Youth Network, a last minute fund raising effort that allowed the organization to keep open the doors to several of its shelters. Other charitable associations include: 21st Century Leaders, ChildLine, MusiCares, the Dream Center, Whatever It Takes, and The Black Eyed Peas Foundation.
In the fall of ’07, Slash released his long-awaited self-titled biography. He promoted the book by signing copies for fans in bookstores worldwide as well as making numerous guest appearances on the American talk show circuit with visits to David Letterman, Howard Stern, and Jimmy Kimmel. Critically well-received, the book climbed the bestseller list in both the US and UK. Notably, it reached #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
In 2007, the popular video game Guitar Hero licensed Slash’s image and music, producing an installment that shattered previous gaming records by selling over $100 million in its first week of release. The game would top over $800 million in total sales while opening the floodgates to a whole new generation of fans.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Slash has performed for both royalty and Heads of State including the Queen of England and President Clinton.
He has recorded and shared the stage with music’s luminaries as diverse as Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, James Brown, and Ray Charles. As musical director at the 2005 Grammy Awards telecast, Slash led Stevie Wonder, Bono, Brian Wilson and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith through a stirring rendition of The Beatles’ classic “Across The Universe.”
In 2003, he picked up another Grammy nomination for his impassioned interpretation of the Godfather theme, a contribution to the soundtrack for The Kid Stays in the Picture, a documentary about celebrated film producer and his long-time friend, Robert Evans.
At the invitation of several film producers and directors, Slash began scoring music for feature films as well as writing and recording songs for soundtracks. His compositions can be heard throughout the award winning bio pic Ray. He has also worked on several Quentin Tarantino projects, including Jackie Brown and Curdled. His list of credits runs the gamut from comedy to action, among them box office blockbusters such as The Hulk, Terminator 2, Judgment Day, and Big Daddy.
His pursuit of new creative outlets—another reason for the continued success and vitality of his career—includes the development of an animation series, a scripted TV series, and several internet projects.
Slash continues to take full advantage of all the opportunities that life affords him. From GT racing to his drawing and animation. But most importantly, he always makes sure that there is enough time in the day to spend with his beautiful wife and two young sons.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS — The Short List:
Platinum Album Sales (Soundscan / RIAA certified)
Guns N’ Roses:
• Appetite For Destruction 18.5 million copies
• Lies 5.6 million copies
• Use Your Illusion 1 7.5 million copies
• Use Your Illusion 2 7.7 million copies
• The Spaghetti Incident 1.4 million copies
• Greatest Hits 4.5 million copies
• Contraband 2 million copies
Film Scoring, Soundtracks & Contributions To Film
• Curdled: “Obsession Confession” (the film’s main theme)
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• Jackie Brown: “Jizz Da Pit” (with Slash’s Snakepit)
• The Italian Job: “Money” (with Velvet Revolver)
• Coneheads: “Magic Carpet Ride”
• The Kid Stays In The Picture (Robert Evans’ acclaimed film
biography): “The Love Theme from the Godfather,” garnering a 2003
• The Hulk: “Set Me Free” (with Velvet Revolver)
• The Waterboy: “Always On The Run” (co-written with Lenny Kravitz)
• Interview With The Vampire: "Sympathy for the Devil" (with Guns N’
• Terminator 2: Judgement Day: "You Could Be Mine" (with Guns N’
• Big Daddy: "Sweet Child O’ Mine" (with Guns N’ Roses)
• Point Blank: "Live and Let Die" (with Guns N’ Roses)
• Panther: “Star Spangled Banner”