Saul Hudson, popularly known as Slash, is a British American songwriter and musician. He was born on July 23, 1965, in Hampstead. A man of 5 feet 10 inches and 54 years of age he was the lead guitarist of the band Guns N Roses, an American Hard Rock band. As of 2020, Slash’s net worth is estimated to be $90 million.
In 1992, Slash married Renee Suran, a model-actress, and divorced from her after five years of marriage. In the year 2001, Slash tied knots with Perla Ferrar and had two children. He filed a divorce in the year 2010, and the couple were back two months later but re-filed a divorce in 2014 and got separated.
When 35 years of age, he was diagnosed for cardiomyopathy because of excessive consumption of alcohol and drug use for years. At that time, doctors expected him to live for a couple of weeks but had a defibrillator implanted due to which he went on to survive and beat the odds. Since 2006 and 2007, he was living thoughtfully and published his autobiography named Slash.
How does he make money?
Slash was exposed to music and formed a Motorhead tribute band, but the band broke up in 1984. Soon he joined another band called Black Sheep. In 1984, he met Axl Rose and became friends. Both of them teamed up with Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan to form Guns N’ Roses. Between 1985 and 1986, the band become popular and had several hits.
About 28 million copies of their album Appetite for Destruction were sold. In 1988, Guns N’ Roses had their first hit, ‘Sweet Child of Mine.’ In 1996, he left the band and began focusing on solo career and studio work for various successful artists such as Michael Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, and Jackie Brown’s soundtrack. In the year 2004, after reuniting with McKagan, Stradlin and Matt Sorum, the supergroup Velvet Revolver released their first album ‘Contraband.’ He continued to play with other artists on tracks and in the studio.
As per Forbes, Axl Rose and Slash earned $20 million from “Not in this Lifetime” comeback tour. In the year 2009, he spent $7.3 million on the house in the hills of Sherman Oaks and sold the home in 2017 for $8.7 million.
The professional career of Slash began in the early 1980s and he joined his first band in the year 1981. Two years later, Slash along with Steven Adler (friend) formed their own band, however, it did not turn out successful and quickly disbanded.
Later they joined newly formed band Guns N’ Roses in the year 1985 and continued to play at nightclubs and in various bigger bands. By the end of the year 1986, they started recording the debut album.
In 1987, Guns N’ Roses released debut album Appetite for Destruction, which was a big hit and reached on top on the Billboard 200. The hit Sweet Child o’ Mine was the only single that reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Popularity Stage
In the next few years, Slash was popular and found widespread success and fame with the band, which released various successful albums like Use Your Illusion I, II (1991), and The Spaghetti incident (1993). In the mid-1990s, he realized that he wanted to leave the band Guns N’ Roses and doesn’t want to be the part of it, so he left the band in the year 1996.
Later, Slash formed a supergroup named Velvet revolver along with the former bandmates Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan alongside Scott Weiland and Dave Kushner. This group achieved success with debut album Contraband selling two million copies and debuted No.1 on the U.S chart. In 2008, Slash left the Velvet revolver.
Hits after 2008
With the time slash decided to work solo and released his solo album named Slash in the year 2010. The songs ‘Back from Cali’, ‘Beautiful Dangerous,’ ‘Starlight’ and ‘Nothing to Say’ was a big hit. This album was the big hit, and Slash established his solo career successfully.
Slash began working on his second album in the year 2011 and released Apocalyptic Love album in 2012. It was noted for its hard rock stripped-down sound and debuted at No.2 on the Canadian Albums Chart.
In the year 2007, he got awarded as the ‘Riff Lord’ title in Metal Hammer’s 4th annual Golden Gods awards.In the year 2009, Time Magazine ranked him as a runner-up in the list of 10 Best Electric Guitar Players. In the list of 100 Best Guitarists of all time, he featured at 65th position in the year 2011 by Rolling Stone.
He was also ranked at 34 in the list of the best 50 guitarists of all time released by Gibson Guitar Corporation. Lastly, in the year 2012, he got inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his classics when he was the member of Guns N’ Roses.
Slash received an award by Loudwires readers for the ‘Best Guitarist of the year 2012’. In 2015, Slash received the Les Paul award.
Net Worth & Current Salary/Earnings
As of March 2019, Slash has a net worth of around $90 million as estimated. The source ‘the Richest ‘estimates his net worth to be $34 million. So, overall fortune ranges from $34-$90 million. Slash mainly earns his living through his professional career as songwriter, musician, film producer, and record producer.
A source reported that Slash’s average salary is $42,000, and pay ranges from $10,000 to $104,000. As a songwriter he earns around $43,000 per year, and pay ranges between $30,000 and $90,000 as a record producer he earns $44,000 per annum and pay per song ranges between $20,000 and $1 million. He also earns well from social media accounts such as YouTube and Instagram.
Slash earns between $4,489.5 to $7,482.5 from Instagram per sponsored post. To date, he has shared more than five thousand posts and earned around $41,961,860. He has accumulated lucrative agreements, endorsement deals, and promotional ads. From the YouTube channel, he earns approximately $343 to $5.5k monthly.
Important facts about Slash
Below are some important facts about Slash.
- Slash is not an American as he moved to Los Angeles at the age of five with his family. He was born in Hampstead London and acquired American citizenship in the year 1996.
- He owns a horror film production company. ‘Nothing left to fear’ is one of the horror films produced by his production company.
- Slash loves reptiles and owns a pet anaconda. He has appeared in many photoshoots and videos with his snakes.
- He shoplifted his popular hat as he did not have money to buy Concho belt and hat.
- Slash parents were Hippie. His African-American mother Ola and his British father Tony met in Paris. His mother was a cloth designer and created outfits for David Bowie, Ringo Starr, The Pointer Sisters, John Lennon, and Linda Ronstadt. Slash’s father was painter and artist.
- Slash is a dinosaur geek and knows the names of most and can tell the difference among them.
- The first guitar of Slash was Spanish acoustic flamenco.
- He is shy and wears sunglasses in his live performances.
- Slash loves reading books, and he may look like a huge nerd when it comes to reading books.
- Slash was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy that was due to the use of intense alcohol and drug use. Doctors gave six weeks to live, but he survived the medical procedure and quit his old habits.