Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash spoke in a recent conversation with Steve Jones and explained how he got his nickname when he was teenager. As you know, his real name is Saul Hudson. Here’s the conversation:
Steve said “Does anyone call you Saul?”, Slash responded:
“No. Police. Because it’s on my driver’s license. [Laughs] As I refuse to change it legally and make a big deal out of it. My dad calls me Slash, my mom calls me Slash. I think the last person that really called me Saul was my grandmother. Rest in peace.”
Steve asked “where did you get that name from?”, Slash responded:
“My best friend’s dad is a really cool actor named Seymour Cassel. Whenever I used to go over there, he used to just call me Slash. And it was just one of those things because we all hung out there. So my friends started to call me Slash and it just became a thing.
Now, I found out from Seymour years later, I think in like 1991 or ’92, I was in Europe and I ran into him. We went to lunch and I said, ‘Where did that come from?’ He goes, ‘Because you never stopped to talk to anybody, you never had time, you’re always hustling and shit.’
So that’s where it came from. Had nothing to do with knives or any of that kind of stuff.”
You can watch the entire interview below.