Guns N’ Roses’ Slash Says Keith Richards And Jimmy Page Were His Idols, But One Band Changed His Life Forever

Guns N’ Roses co-founder and guitarist Slash talked about his early musical influences during a recent appearance on a radio show.

In the conversation, Slash mentioned that he took lots of inspiration from legendary guitarists like Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, and Joe Perry, and he showed his respect for these musicians.

Even though Slash looked up to so many iconic guitarists, these were not enough to change his life. According to his statement, AC/DC is the one who had a big influence on his career.

Slash pointed out that hearing the Highway To Hell and Back In Black albums had a big impact on his life and said that all the band members took him under their wings when he was playing with Snakepit.

Here is what Slash said:

“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.”

He continued:

“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 Highway to Hell.’

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 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…”

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