Fresh from playing out with the theme tune on last week's Top Gear, no doubt to the delight of dads everywhere, the former Guns N' Roses guitarist and erstwhile ambassador for Stoke-on-Trent, Slash, will be holding court in London this summer.
When band members go their separate ways, the spotlight (and pressure) nearly always falls on the lead vocalist and/or songwriter. It's rare that the guitarist, in spite of contributing to some of the band's most memorable motifs, enjoys comparative solo success. Especially when they've spent the last decade or two stood to the side of the stage, shades on, hat dipped. But there's always a handful who buck expectation; musicians too irrepressibly talented to go quietly.
Slash's look may be more Quireboys than 21st-century metrosexual but his talent is without question and the new century has found, in Saul Hudson, one of its new musical heroes. He is, has become, a genuine modern rock star; possessing an enigmatic brilliance and that one true crowning quality for a music icon - an immediately recognisable silhouette.
After releasing a self-titled debut solo album in 2010, Slash is set to release his second record, 'Apocalyptic Love', in May 2012. A few weeks after the album comes out, the guitarist will be making a one-off headline appearance at the Hammersmith Apollo on 6th June.
We will have tickets available from 9am on Friday 16th March, priced £29.50. Two days later, Slash joins the bill at Download 2012, taking the stage on Friday 8th June. We have tickets available now, priced from £75 for day tickets.