Slash, real name Saul Hudson, is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. It's hard to imagine the landscape of rock 'n' roll without him and his long curly mane, iconic top hat and signature guitar solos. What's even more difficult to imagine is that this guitar hero had never released a solo album until April. After all, he has been in the music industry for almost 30 years, playing for one of the seminal bands of the 1980s, Guns N' Roses. Guns N' Roses was formed in 1985. Its name is a combination of two of the original band members: Axl Rose, the lead vocalist, and Tracii Guns, the lead guitarist, who was later replaced by Slash. He left the band in 1996 after a highly publicised falling out with Rose. Although their time together was tumultuous, they still managed to pump out monster hits that Slash enjoys rocking even today. 'I never had any issues with the material,' he told Young Post, referring to the disbanding of Guns N' Roses. 'Most of the stuff on the album Appetite for Destruction was pretty cool: Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, Nightrain, My Michelle. From the Use Your Illusions records, I like Bad Apples, Coma, November Rain, Locomotive, The Garden, Garden of Eden - just all the good Guns stuff.' Following his departure from Guns N' Roses, Slash re-formed Slash's Snakepit, a group that came together while Guns N' Roses was on a temporary hiatus. He then formed his current band, Velvet Revolver, and released their debut single in 2003. After completing the Libertad tour in 2007, Slash wanted to pursue interests outside the band. He spent about a year writing material for a new project - his self-titled solo album - creating demos, compiling a list of artists he wanted to work with and envisioning the perfect voice to complement his sound. The eventual list of collaborators is a who's who of the pop and rock industry: Fergie (The Black Eyed Peas), Ozzy Osborne, Lemmy Killmeister (Motorhead), Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell (Sound Garden), Kid Rock, Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and Jane's Addiction), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and Adam Levine (Maroon Five). 'I really enjoyed making the record and working with everybody on it,' says the 44-year-old rocker. 'But I don't have a favourite collaboration on the album. It would be inaccurate if I were to just pick one person.' Like any true rock star, Slash loves the energy from a live crowd and is currently touring Europe. He will also tour Asia, Australia and New Zealand, he says. '[The show is] really high energy and we do a lot of stuff off this new record. A lot of Guns N Roses stuff and Velvet Revolver and Snakepit stuff. It's a rock gig - and it's different every night.' Slash plays in Hong Kong at the AsiaWorld-Expo on July 29.