Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash elected in an radio interview posted by Backstage Pass his guitar hero and rock god. The musician explained that while growing up he was influenced by many artists but one still is a major influence.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash elects his guitar hero and rock god:
“There’s a handful of people that were a big influence on me coming up – I don’t know if there was just a single one. When I was a kid living in England, it was Pete Townshend, and then it was Keith Richards, and then, later on, it was Jimmy Page and Joe Perry.”
“It was right around the time I started playing guitar, so I’d say those four guys – and Jimi Hendrix – so those are five serious rock icons that had a massive impact on me. But you know what? I’ll go with Angus Young at this point because he’s somebody I’ve known for a really long time, and the first record I really heard from AC/DC was [1979’s] ‘Highway to Hell.'”
He continued, saying:
“I didn’t hear any of the stuff prior to that, but that had a big enough of an impact, and then after that, ‘Back in Black.’ And then I got to meet Angus and Brian [Johnson, vocals] and the rest of the guys when I was opening for AC/DC with Snakepit in 2001.”
“And they were just really great, they took me out on the road, took me under their wing; I just always loved their work ethic, always loved Angus’ guitar style… I mean, all things considered, the first time I saw AC/DC – I think it was on TV – I was just like, ‘Wow! Check this out!’, you know?”
Slash has received critical acclaim as a guitarist since the beginning of his career, receiving several awards and honors to this day. Time magazine named him runner-up on its list of “The 10 Best Guitarists” in 2009, while Rolling Stone placed him in sixty-fifth place on its list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011. Also, Guitar World ranked their solo in November Rain in sixth place on their “The 100 Best Guitar Riffs” list in 2008, and Total Guitar placed their Sweet Child o ‘Mine riff first on their ” 100 Greatest Riffs “in 2004. In July 2012, Slash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, where the musician grew up.