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Birth Name: Saul Hudson

Birth Place: Hampstead, London, England

Birthday: July 23, 1965, Cancer

Profession: Rock guitarist

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Fast Facts

  • Met future Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler in junior high, and the two formed a band called Road Crew.
  • High-school classmates included Lenny Kravitz and future Lone Justice singer Maria McKee.
  • Knew such rock-and-roll luminaries as David Bowie and Joni Mitchell as a child due to his parents: his mom was a costume designer and his dad created album covers. 
  • Left Guns N' Roses in 1996 due to creative differences with lead singer Axl Rose. 
  • Has sold more than 100 million albums with Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and other musical acts.
  • Formed Velvet Revolver in 2003 with former Guns N' Roses bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.
  • Served as musical director for the 2005 Grammy Awards telecast, during which he led a rendition of the Beatles' "Across the Universe" that featured Bono, Steven Tyler, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder.
  • Published a self-titled autobiography in 2007.
  • Scored the music for the "Viper" pinball machine as well as a Guns N' Roses-themed pinball machine.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Guns N' Roses) in 2012.


  • 2004, Grammy — Best Hard Rock Performance: Winner


  • Ola Hudson — Mother
  • Albion "Ash" Hudson — Brother
  • Savannah — Ex-significant Other
  • Renee Sorum — Ex-wife
  • London Emilio — Son
  • Anthony Hudson — Father
  • Cash Anthony — Son
  • Perla Ferrar — Wife (separated)