As Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist he would go on to dominate the rock world for decades but here we are looking back at the albums which made him into a star. Here we are running through Slash’s 10 most essential records, the music that made him into a Rock God.
The son of legendary rock costume designer, Ola Hudson, Slash was always likely to jump on the highway to hell and pick up as much rock and roll road rash as he could along the way. His early adoption of the devil’s music can be seen pretty clearly as Slash lists out the albums which culminated in the guitarist extraordinaire we see today.
He tells Music Radar when selecting The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, “the Stones were definitely the background music to my existence for a long time – and still are. My parents were really into the Stones, too. There was a particular period when the band put out three records that would have a huge influence on me: Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers. Those three were my favorites as a kid.”
Slash’s love for rock and roll didn’t take long to further establish, he soon found his ears bending to the sounds of Aerosmith, picking their debut album Rocks as one of his top ten. He said, “I was maybe 13 at the time, and I was already a music fan. I listened to a lot of stuff, and I definitely knew what I liked. When I heard this record, it had an immediate effect on me. It’s just the seminal record as far as I’m concerned.”
His inclusion of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton’s Cream is also to be expected. On Hendrix’s Are You Experienced Slash said, “Talk about impactful. To this day, I’m in awe when I listen to this record. It’s just flat-out brilliant, and Jimi’s guitar playing is out of this world.” On Cream’s Disraeli Geras he also made reference to the guitar work saying, “This is the record I was listening to when I chose to play guitar.” – not a bad endorsement.
The rest of the list follows suit as Slash grabs some iconic albums to add to his list of records that shaped him. There’s spots on the list for Van Halen’s self-titled LP, as well as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and other heavy rock behemoths showing off the list like a rock and roll blueprint for Guns ‘N’ Roses’ success.
The list is a perfect example of the music that made Slash the rock god that he is today. He was a learned scholar of rock and roll and his devotion to the craft is a testament to that. Plus, it would seem, he has an impeccable taste too.
Find the playlist of this incredible list below.
Aerosmith – Rocks (1976)
AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)
Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick (1977)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)
The Who – Who’s Next (1971)
The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced (1967)
Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)