Former Guns N' Roses rocker Slash has credited his early years in Los Angeles with inspiring his music career - insisting he felt overwhelmed to have been honored by his adopted hometown at the Sunset Strip Music Festival last week.
The rocker moved from his native Britain to the U.S. when he was 11 years old and settled with his family in L.A. He was the subject of a tribute as the city's annual music event when it kicked off on Thursday, with stars including Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and Motorhead frontman Lemmy joining the salute to Slash. And the guitarist admits he was deeply moved by the Sunset Strip honor, as he has spent so much of his life in the West Hollywood area.
He says, "Picking up the guitar for the first time in West Hollywood, then learning how to play in West Hollywood, starting a band in West Hollywood, and making it in West Hollywood. Getting a record deal at Geffen on Sunset which was the same place my dad used to work at when I was a kid. So I never left here. Everything in my life that is of any importance started in West Hollywood. And the Sunset Strip is like... such a part of me. So to be honored by the Sunset Strip is just a major, major thing for me."
Previous festival honorees include Lou Adler and Ozzy Osbourne, who made his U.S. debut with Black Sabbath at the famous Whisky A Go-Go venue on Sunset Strip.