Slash is an English-American rock guitarist well known as the lead guitarist of the band Guns N’ Roses. Considered to be one of the greatest electronic guitarists of all time Slash has released three solo albums so far along with many albums with his band Guns N’ Roses. Scroll down to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Slash in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Slash was born as Saul Hudson in Hampstead, London, England on July 23rd, 1965. His mother Ola J. Hudson was a costume designer and his father Anthony Hudson is an artist who created album covers. Slash moved to Los Angeles when he was five, as his mother had to move to the city for work. His parents got separated when he was nine and Slash opted to live with his mother. He was nicknamed Slash by actor Seymour Cassel as he was always in a hurry switching between things.
Slash was initially married to Renee Suran, an actress, and a model. After five years of marriage, the couple divorces in 1997 after which Slash married Perla Ferrar in 2001 in Hawaii. The couple has two sons London Emilio and Cash Anthony. The couple got separated in 2014 and Slash went on to date his then-girlfriend Meegan Hodges, whom he dated in the early 1990s. It is said that he owns more than 100 guitars.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In 1983, Slash formed a band named Road Crew with his friend Steven Adler which they both dismantled the next year and joined the band, Hollywood Rose. In 1985, they joined a newly formed band Guns N’ Roses and performed in various nightclubs. The band was well known around the surroundings and eventually signed for Geffen Records in 1986.
Guns N’ Roses released its debut album Appetite for Destruction in 1987. Until 2008, over 28 million copies of the album have been sold worldwide making it the most sold debut album in the US history. In 1991, the band released two albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II which went on to top the US Chart.
In 1994, Slash founded a side project titled Slash’s Snakepit and released Its Five O’ Clock Somewhere in 1995. He has also worked with many famous artists including Michael Jackson for whom he played guitar for the single Give In To Me in his album Dangerous. In 2002, he formed the band Velvet Recorder and released two albums with the band, the first album being Contraband and the second one Libertad.
The Times magazine placed him 2nd in its list of 10 best electric guitarists in 2009. The guitar World ranked him at number 6 on their list of 100 greatest guitar solos. He was honored with the Riff Lord title at the Golden Gods Awards in 2007 and 2015 he was awarded the Les Paul Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
His earnings in the year 1987 were said to be $33 million from the Guns N’ Roses album Appetite for Destruction. In 1988 he earned $13 million, and in 1991 he banked $39 million from the albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. As of now, His net worth is estimated to be $70 million, and the main source for the fortune is his work in albums and tours.
Slash is the board member of Little Kids Rock that helps in organizing programs to educate kids in music. He has donated both his money and time to educate kids so that he can pass on his legacy to the coming generation, which is a great quality that makes him one of the greatest electronic guitarists in history.