Saul Hudson is better known as Slash. Besides his guitar collection, Slash is known for his iconic top hat becoming an icon of the Guns N’ Roses band. Has Slash planned to make an icon it or not?
As a Guns N’ Roses fan, I always wondered about the slash top hat story. This week slash is given an interview on Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. He shared the story of the top hat with their fans.
How did Slash’s top hat come about?
Before Slash joined the Guns N’ Roses band, he was broke. That’s why He encountered many issues while he was trying to survive. He did not have money to buy a hat. That’s why he stole his iconic top hat from a Los Angles store. He wore it back to his apartment with Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose before he started to use this cap.
Slash says about this situation: I remember this because there were two stores — there were Leathers and Treasures, and Retail Slut next door. And Taime Downe, the singer from a band called Faster Pussycat, used to work at Retail Slut, so that’s how I remember the name of it. I went in there, and I didn’t have any money. And I always used to wear some sort of a hat; it completed whatever look you had.”
Slash also said, “I went in there. I saw the top hat. It just spoke to me. I figured, what the fuck, I’ll walk out with it and see what happens, so I did. Then I went next door to Leathers and Treasures and I stole a concho belt and went back to the apartment I and Axl Rose were living in at the time. We had a show at the Whisky that night, so I took the concho belt and I cut it up and put it around the hat, and I wore it that night.”
He said, ” I became a thing where I just really identified with it. Like I wore it all the time. There was a way you pull it over your eyes; you could hide behind it if you were high. It was great for bad hair days. I had no intention of it being this long-term show thing.”
He elaborated, “Put the hat on, and nobody knows who I am and what I’m doing and what I’m up to. I can see you, you can’t see me. During shows, it was great to have that because to this day, I still can’t look at the audience, like, straight into the audience. So having the top hat, really, you just pull it down and you could just do your thing and you didn’t feel as intimidated.”
When is the release date of Slash?
He makes Gun’s N’ Roses fans happy. Because he promised, “there are new Guns N’ Roses material is coming.”
In addition to this story, Slash will release a new solo album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators this month. The album will include “Call off the Dogs,” “Fill My World,” and “The River Is Rising.”
You can watch the full interview below!