He's kicked drugs, the drink and a couple of bands - namely Velvet Revolver and a little group called Guns N' Roses - but Slash has held on to at least some of the good stuff: those mean riffs, those soaring, piercing solos. That epic guitar.
These days, Slash is touring the world with a singer called Myles Kennedy, peddling Guns N' Roses classics to arena audiences, still making hay from songs that thrilled teenagers and bogans alike 20 years ago.
He has his own solo album out now, and it includes an unlikely collaboration with Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, but let's not pretend the crowd at his latest Hong Kong show on March 22 will be forking out HK$880 (or HK$580, if you're willing to settle for a seat) to hear Beautiful Dangerous. Nope, they want Sweet Child O' Mine, November Rain and Paradise City, even if Axl Rose has been replaced by Kennedy - a former guitar teacher.
As he proved in July, when he filled a good part of AsiaWorld-Arena, the 45-year-old Slash - real name Saul Hudson - is willing to oblige. This time he'll take his bag of covers to Kitec, where, just eight months on, he'll be hoping for a repeat of the rapturous reception he got for his rocking riffs. Devil horns up - tickets are now on sale through HK Ticketing.