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Guns N’ Roses Slash, ‘F*** Axl, I’ll Do it Myself’ in His Snakepit? Band Guitarist’s Dedicated Success Throughout the Years

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(Photo : REUTERS/Matt Sullivan ) Slash plays after Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio April 14, 2012.

Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash, put together another band in 1993 as a side project as a distraction. However, when he shared his hard work with Axl Rose, he rejected the songs and continued his project on his own.

Slash felt that he needed a break from Guns N’ Roses and decided to create two successful side projects in his “Snakepit” at home. After the Guns N’ Roses “Use Your Illusion” tour, Metal Underground reported that Slash purchased a new home with a small studio which he called his “Snakepit.” He used it to work on demos while on tour.

After working on material with various members of the band, Slash played the songs for Axl Rose who apparently rejected them. Although Slash didn’t literally say “F--- Axl, I’ll do it myself,” he did decide to pursue his hard work with the support of the lead singer and recorded the demos with Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke. Slash also got members from Alice in Chains involved in the project such as, Mike Inez and Eric Dover on vocals.

The band was renamed “Slash’s Snakepit” rather than just “The Snakepit.” In 1995 they released the album “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” that also featured Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Teddy Andreadis and Paulinho da Costa.

The album sold over one million copies with its release, with “Beggars & Hangers-On” being the only single. Once the album reached great success, Axl Rose wanted to begin working on the next Guns N’ Roses album. The band went their separate ways and Slash went back to Guns N’ Roses but left once again in 1996 forming a cover band, “Slash’s Blue Balls.”

In 1997, Slash suggested to Johnny Griparic that they should create a new lineup of Slash’s Snakepit which consisted of Slash, Griparic, Rod Jackson, Ryan Roxie and Matt Laug.

The new band released a second album, “Ain’t Life Grand,” in 2002, which was an even bigger success than their first album. “Mean Bone” was their first single on the new album, which didn’t sell very well as the debut.

The band toured Slash realized that the members were not as committed as he had hoped and once again split in 2002.

In 2004, Slash announced another album, “Contraband,” with Velvet Revolver and another, “Liberated,” in 2007. After the band split, Slash released a solo album in 2010 which included Ozzy Osbourne, Myles Kennedy and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas.

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