Slash's influences
"When I got to be about 13 or 14, I started listening, even though my parents music was way cool, to contemporary hard rock at that time, which was Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and all that, and that's just where I came from." (Slash)

Artists & bands

Early hard rock: Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, The Who, Led Zeppelin, UFO, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, Motorhead, Deep Purple...

Old rock n' roll: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Doors, Steppenwolf, Queen, Cream, Humble Pie...

Punk rock: The Stooges, Fear, T. Rex, Nazareth, Sex Pistols...

Guitar heroes: Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Ted Nugent, Joe Perry, Mick Taylor, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Elliot Easton, Joe Walsh...

Metal, grunge and alternative: Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Tool, Metallica, The Offspring, Rage Against The Machine, Kid Rock, Airbourne, Hillbilly Herald, Gojira, Scorpion Child, Rival Sons, Monster Truck...

Blues players: B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Robert Johnson, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton...


Slash's favorite studio albums

Rocks (Aerosmith, 1976) Blow By Blow (Jeff Beck, 1975) Let It Bleed (The Rolling Stones, 1969) Cheap Trick (Cheap Trick, 1977) Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin II, 1969)
Force It (UFO, 1975) Highway To Hell (AC/DC, 1979) News Of The World (Queen, 1977) Who's Next (The Who, 1971) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath, 1973)
Machine Head (Deep Purple, 1972) Are You Experienced (Jimi Hendrix, 1967) Van Halen (Van Halen, 1978) Disraeli Gears (Cream, 1967) The Stooges (The Stooges, 1969)

Slash's favorite live albums

Cheap Trick At Budokan (Cheap Trick, 1978) Strangers In The Night (UFO, 1979) Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (The Rolling Stones, 1970) If You Want Blood You've Got It (AC/DC, 1978) Live Bootleg (Aerosmith, 1978)
Live At Leeds (The Who, 1970) Double Live Gonzo! (Ted Nugent, 1978) The Song Remains The Same (Led Zeppelin, 1976) Irish Tour (Rory Gallagher, 1974) Give The People What They Want (The Kinks, 1981)

Slash's 10 favorite songs of the 20th century
from Rolling Stone magazine in 2004

  1. Back In the Saddle (Aerosmith)
  2. The Ocean (Led Zeppelin)
  3. Helter Skelter (The Beatles)
  4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking (The Rolling Stones)
  5. Down Payment Blues (AC/DC)
  6. Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who)
  7. Tie Your Mother Down (Queen)
  8. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
  9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
  10. I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges)

Slash's ultimate guitar compilation
from Q magazine in 2004

  1. Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix)
  2. No Quarter (Led Zeppelin)
  3. Nobody's Fault (Aerosmith)
  4. Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
  5. Cause We've Ended As Lovers (Jeff Beck)
  6. Superstitious (Jeff Beck)
  7. Rock My Plimsoul (Jeff Beck)
  8. Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
  9. All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
  10. Running With The Devil (Van Halen)
  11. Gonna Raise Hell (Cheap Trick)
  12. Cocaine (Eric Clapton)
  13. Layla (Derek & The Dominoes)
  14. Shapes Of Things (Gary Moore)
  15. Rock Bottom (UFO)
  16. Fly To The Rainbow (Scorpions)
  17. The Thrill Is Gone (B.B. King)
  18. Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
  19. Burn (Deep Purple)
  20. Wheels Within Wheels (Rory Gallagher)

Slash's 10 favorite guitar riffs
from Metal Hammer magazine in 2010

  1. Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
  2. Over Under Sideways Down (The Yardbirds)
  3. Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
  4. More Of That Jazz (Queen)
  5. Life In The Fast Lane (The Eagles)
  6. Disposable Heroes (Metallica)
  7. Superstition (Jeff Beck)
  8. Show Your Love (Van Halen)
  9. Back In The Saddle (Aerosmith)
  10. I Want You (The Beatles)
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