Saul Hudson, more commonly known by his childhood nickname 'Slash', turns 50 today. It is safe to say that the next 50 years of his life are unlikely to be quite as hectic as the first. The heroin-addicted lead guitarist of Guns 'n’ Roses has settled into a routine of philanthropy and Angry Birds.
He is always mentioned in magazines as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. The opening to 'Sweet Child o’ Mine' is routinely voted the best guitar riff ever. But the true extent of his genius — which stretches far beyond his ability to produce a nice tune — is still not fully recognised.
Many in fact think he's overrated. They say he didn't do enough to transform the genre in the way that Jimi Hendrix did. On one music forum, a user stated that his only influence was to entice teenagers, through his hat and glasses, to play his songs somewhat unimaginatively to impress peers.