Slash, the legendary top hat-wearing former lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, July 10, and was praised by bad boy actor Charlie Sheen, who also dissed frontman Axl Rose.
Slash, 46, is the first musician who was ever part of the rock group to receive such an honor. He was the lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses between 1985 and the mid-1990s and left the group amid a feud with Rose, who remains the sole original member. The two are not on speaking terms.
"It's quite fitting, I think, that Slash is getting a star on the very street that Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on. Boom!" Sheen told a cheering crowd, raising his hand swiftly.
Rose has not responded. Sheen, who earned his own Hollywood star in 1993 and called himself a "Rock Star From Mars" when he was going through a much-publicized breakdown in 2011, continued a speech that captured the spirit of Rock n' Roll, complete with expletives and references to drugs and partying.
The actor said that on June 3, Slash sent him a text message asking if he would like to speak at his star ceremony.'
"I don't know about you but I don't care how important you think you are , how bitchin' you find yourself, how many times you got fired. I don't care how many billion-dollar hit TV shows you had," Sheen said, referencing his firing from "Two and a Half Men" last year. "When a text like that comes through, suddenly you are a 13-year-old boy and you've just been given a backstage pass to Rock n' Roll's biggest party!"
The actor, who recently made a TV comeback with the FX sitcom "Anger Management," had struggled for years with drug and alcohol abuse and is often touted one of Hollywood's biggest bad boys.
"That star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the '80s," Sheen joked, before turning to Slash's wife and saying: "Oh hey, Perla, how are you sweetheart? You look great."
Former Guns N' Roses members Steven Adler and Gilby Clark also attended the ceremony to support Slash, who donned his trademark style consisting of a top hat and sunglasses. He called his Hollywood star "the coolest thing you could ever get" and reminisced about growing up in Los Angeles.
"I went to school here, started playing guitar here, rehearsed literally 100 yards down the street and ditched the better part of the seventh and eighth grade with my good friend Steven Adler," he said in his own speech, which also contained an expletive and was made in front of his children, London, 9, and Cash, 8. "I got what do you call it? A very Technicolor education up here."
"So I've been a part of the Hollywood fabric for a long time," he said. "To actually be appreciated by the city of Hollywood is a huge, huge honor."
Slash's star is located at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hard Rock Cafe, which has created 300 limited edition pins to honor him.
Hudson was born Saul Hudson in London and moved to Los Angeles as a child. He currently lives in the city with his family.
Guns N' Roses rose to fame with albums such as the 1987 record "Appetite For Destruction," which has sold more than 18 million copies and contains hit singles "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," and the 1991 albums "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II," both of which sold more than 7 million copies and include the power ballads "November Rain" and "Don't Cry."
Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Rose, who had bickered with other band members as well, refused to attend the ceremony. Slash, Adler and former group members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum accepted the honor and performed in his absence.
Slash has over the past 20 years performed and recorded with side group Slash's Snakepit, which disbanded in 2002, and supergroup Velvet Revolver, which also included Guns N' Roses' former bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum. Slash released his first solo album, "Slash," in 2010 and his second, "Apocalyptic Love," hit stores in late May.
Slash has also collaborated with many top artists, notably the late Michael Jackson. He played lead guitar of the King of Pop's 1991 single "Give In To Me" and also appears in the music video "Black or White." Slash also performed on the singer's 1995 song "D.S. and on the 1997 track "Morphine."
The Walk of Fame is different from Hollywood's RockWalk, a cement display of music artists' handprints located at Guitar Center on legendary Sunset Avenue, or the Sunset Strip, home of numerous rock clubs. Slash was inducted into the Rockwalk in 2007 and is also the only Guns N' Roses musician, past or present, to have received the honor.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce oversees the Walk of Fame ceremonies and a special committee selects which celebrities are eligible for a star, which costs recipients about $30,000. In February, Sir Paul McCartney became the fourth and final member of The Beatles to receive one.