Slash, the iconic guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, was undeniably born with rock ‘n’ roll in his veins. The stage, for him, is more than just a platform; it’s where he feels utterly alive.
It’s interesting to note that his profound connection to music traces back to three pivotal albums.
In a 2010 interview with Signed Media, Slash divulged that his parents’ enviable record collection played a crucial role in shaping his musical tastes. Among these records, ‘Led Zeppelin II’ holds a special place in his heart.
He said: “Growing up, ‘Led Zeppelin II‘ was always around, courtesy of my parents. They had one of the most impressive rock ‘n’ roll record collections I’ve ever seen.”
Continuing his reminiscence, he shared, “That particular album was a childhood favorite, and as I delved into the world of guitar, it remained a significant influence on my style.”
Another album that carved a niche in Slash’s heart was Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’. This was a discovery he made independently during his teenage years. Recalling a particularly memorable encounter with the album, he shared:
“I was at this girl’s place, hoping for some intimate moments. We had a stack of records, dim lighting, and were smoking up. She played ‘Rocks’ by Aerosmith. For the rest of that day, that album consumed me. It was on repeat, and everything else just faded.”
The third influential album for Slash hails from his homeland, England. It’s ‘Who’s Next’ by The Who. He regards it not only as a monumental influence on his songwriting and rhythm guitar techniques but also as “among the finest rock albums ever crafted”.