Interview: Slash via cityweekend

Saul Hudson, the kid who would become Slash, seemed destined for greatness, with a mother who designed costumes for the likes of David Bowie and a father who designed album covers for Neil Diamond and Joni Mitchell. He grew into an incredible creative force who wrote or co-wrote much of the music that made Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, the superband he formed in the years after GnR. After putting Velvet Revolver on hiatus, he put out a solo album with the help of his all-star friends, and following that has been making sweet music with his new chums Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. They released Apocalyptic Love in May of last year, and are playing in Shanghai tonight in support of it. Tickets have been sold out for a month, but if you were lucky enough to get a hold of one, get stoked and hear what he had to say before the big show.

CW: Time named you one of their 10 Best Guitar Players of all time. Who would make your 10 best list?

That’s tough—these are not necessarily in order but … Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, BB King, Albert King, Eddie Van Halen, Mick Taylor.

CW: Tell us about your chemistry with Myles Kennedy. Is this creative collaboration going to continue in the future, or are you going to shake it up and do something completely different all over again, like you've been doing the past couple of years?

No, I am going to continue collaborating with Myles. I feel like we wrote that last record and it was the first real collaboration on a body of work. Since then, we wrote a song for the new horror movie that I produced called Nothing Left to Fear and we wrote a song, just the two of us performing it. It was really a departure from anything we have done already, so I think we have only just scratched the surface of what we can do. I am really looking forward to getting into the next record with him.

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