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Friday's Guitar Hero: Slash

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Even though he's been sober for a few years now, and has even given up smoking, Slash remains one of the best - and most dangerous - rock guitarists of recent times.

His live collaborations with Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy, plus an overwhelmingly positive response to his first solo album, has led to something of a renaissance for Stoke-on-Trent's favourite son, but that doesn't mean we should forget his time with Guns 'N Roses.

He's made no secret pf the fact that he liked a drink or two in his time, but check this solo spot for proof that he always brought his A game to the stage. The clip begins with a bass and drums workout courtesy of messers McKagan and Sorum before Slash chomps on a Talk Box and really lets fly.

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.