In a recent interview with Steve Jones from Jonesy's jukebox, Slash, also known as Saul Hudson talks about how he got his nickname.
Slash says that only the cops would call him Slash because it is on his driver's license. "As I refuse to change it legally and make a big deal out of it." He adds, "My dad calls me Slash, my mum calls me Slash. I think the last person that really called me Saul was my grandmother. Rest in peace."
When asked upon where his nickname originated from, Slash explained, "My best friend's dad is a really cool actor named Seymour Cassel. Whenever I used to go over there, he used to just call me Slash. And it was just one of those things because we all hung out there. So my friends started to call me Slash and it just became a thing.
"Now, I found out from Seymour years later, I think in like 1991 or '92, I was in Europe and I ran into him. We went to lunch and I said, 'Where did that come from?' He goes, 'Because you never stopped to talk to anybody, you never had time, you're always hustling and shit.'
"So that's where it came from. Had nothing to do with knives or any of that kind of stuff." Slash adds, "Because I was always on the go. Every time you saw me, I whizzed by, 'Hey,' and kept going. Like a flash, but slash. Something like that, I don't know."
You can watch the full interview in the clip above where he talks about his guitar playing, and when he had stopped smoking.