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Slash performs at Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in Australia on March 4, 2012. - Provided courtesy of flickr.com/photos/doctorgrondo/

Slash to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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06/11/2012 by Corinne Heller

Slash, the legendary top hat-wearing former lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, is set to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making him the first musician who was ever part of the rock group to receive such an honor.

The 46-year-old, whose real name is Saul Hudson, will receive his star on July 10. It will be located at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. After the ceremony, the guitarist is also set to perform a private acoustic gig with Myles Kennedy, the lead singer of his solo band, at the venue. The Hard Rock Cafe franchise has created 300 limited edition pins in honor of Slash.

Charlie Sheen, who called himself a "Rock Star From Mars" when he underwent a public meltdown amid his firing from the CBS show "Two and a Half Men," will speak at Slash's induction ceremony. The actor is promoting his new FX series, "Anger Management," which premieres on June 28.

Slash was the lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses between 1985 and the mid-1990s. He left the group amid a feud with singer Axl Rose, who remains the sole original member.

"I don't miss it," Slash said on Howard Stern's Sirius XM satellite radio show in May, when asked about his former band. "It's been a really long time. You don't miss something like that. I don't dwell in the past."

Guns N' Roses rose to fame with albums such as the 1987 record "Appetite For Destruction," which has sold more than 18 million copies and contains hit singles "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," and the 1991 albums "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II," both of which sold more than 7 million copies and include the power ballads "November Rain" and "Don't Cry."

Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Rose, who had bickered with other band members as well, refused to attend the ceremony. Slash and former group members Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Steven Adler accepted the honor and performed in his absence.

Slash has over the past 20 years performed and recorded with side group Slash's Snakepit, which disbanded in 2002, and supergroup Velvet Revolver, which also included McKagan and Matt Sorum.

The band, led by singer Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots, won a Grammy in 2004 for Best Hard Rock Performance for the single "Slither." The song is featured on the group's album "Contraband." It sold more than 2 million copies.

Slash released his first solo album, "Slash," in 2010 and his second, "Apocalyptic Love," hit stores in late May.

Slash has also collaborated with many top artists, notably the late Michael Jackson. He played lead guitar of the King of Pop's 1991 single "Give In To Me" and also appears in the music video "Black or White." Slash also performed on the singer's 1995 song "D.S. and on the 1997 track "Morphine."

The guitarist was born in London and moved to Los Angeles as a child. He currently lives in the city with his wife Perla and their two sons London, 9, and Cash, 7. He was 20 when he acquired his first top hat, cementing what would become his signature look. He didn't pay for it - he stole it from a store called Retail Slut on Melrose Avenue, a Los Angeles street known for its rocker-style clothing boutiques and clubs.

Slash told Stern that he did not feel guilty for stealing the hat and has since gotten past his "klepto phase."

"Not too long after that, I got drunk at The Cathouse and passed out and someone stole it from me. Then I had to pay for the next one. I only have like four actually and one of them Lemmy just gave to me, which was actually very nice of him. He went and bought me a cool top hat," Slash told Stern, referring to fellow legendary musician Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister of the heavy metal group Motorhead.

"It definitely became like a thing that got recognized," he said about his hat. "It wasn't intentional. I didn't sort of see it coming but then eventually, it became a signature kind of a thing. I wear it on stage and for photos and stuff but you don't wear it on the street anymore. It's just tall enough to be tall but just short enough to not get knocked off in a gust of wind. It's only come off a couple of times, just bring banging your head so hard."

The Walk of Fame is different from Hollywood's RockWalk, a cement display of music artists' handprints located at Guitar Center on legendary Sunset Avenue, or the Sunset Strip, home of numerous rock clubs. Slash was inducted into the Rockwalk in 2007 and is also the only Guns N' Roses musician, past or present, to have received the honor.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce oversees the Walk of Fame ceremonies and a special committee selects which celebrities are eligible for a star, which costs recipients about $30,000. In February, Sir Paul McCartney became the fourth and final member of The Beatles to receive one.

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