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Following his muse leads to fame

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Slash never set out to find success. All the guitarist knew is that he loved to play music.

“It’s part of who I am as a person,” he says during a recent phone interview from Los Angeles. “Music has always been a part of my life and I know nothing else. I just keep chugging along to the next project.”

Slash began his career with Guns N’ Roses and released the 18-million-selling “Appetite for Destruction” two days before his 22nd birthday. He found huge success with the band until it parted ways in the early ’90s.

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Slash has since formed the side project Slash’s Snakepit and co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver. Most recently, he put out a solo debut in 2010 and just released his second solo effort, “Apocalyptic Love,” on May 22.

“It’s been an interesting road from the mid-’90s up until now,” Slash says. “I never stopped to think, ‘What am I gonna to do in the long term?’ Or ruminated on my solo career, where it was heading. I’ve just been jamming around, going wherever the muse has taken me. And this is the first time where I feel like I’m in the saddle and riding my own destiny with some genuine focus.”

And to top it all off, he’s now a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses.

“That was a special night for us,” he says. “Everything went well and it was validation on all of our hard work. I never expected any of this and I was just a kid when I started. It’s humbling to see that I’ve made an impact.”

Slash – who is known for his signature black top hat – says that the new record is for the fans.

“The entire album was recorded like a live performance,” he explains. “I stood there and performed my solos live as the drums were going. We overdubbed the vocals because Myles (Kennedy) was playing guitar live.”