Iconic musician Slash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday in front of some dedicated fans who had been waiting overnight for the ceremony.
Slash was awarded the 2,473rd star during the star's unveiling in front of the Hard Rock Cafe.His family, actor Charlie Sheen and movie producer Robert Evans were among the VIPs in the audience.
During his speech, Slash recalled spending his middle school years looking at posters of Led Zeppelin in the stores along Hollywood Boulevard.
“I’m such a part of this scenery,” Slash said. “I went to school here, I started playing guitar here. I rehearsed, literally, 100 yards down the street…to be appreciated by the [community] of Hollywood is a huge, huge honor.”
Slash, born Saul Hudson in London moved to Los Angeles with his family at the age of 5. He went on to become the lead guitarist in Guns N' Roses and co-found the group Velvet Revolver in 2002. He also launched a successful solo career, releasing the critically acclaimed album "Apocalyptic Love" just this year.
Actor Charlie Sheen put a spin on his famous catchphrase during his speech in honor of Slash.
“Winning is defined by one word: Slash,” Sheen said to the audience.
Following the ceremony Slash performed a private acoustic concert at the Hard Rock Cafe with Myles Kennedy.
The first 200 fans in line were given wrist bands to gain access the performance.
Jonathan Chavarria was among the first of enthusiastic fans waiting in line Monday night at 10 p.m. with his brother and several friends to get a wrist bands for the concert.
“I love him,” Chavarria said. “His music, his political views, basically the person he is. He’s not someone that turns down any fan, he’s just for the people.”
Summer Nasmyth, who showed up in front of the star at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning said she has been a lifelong Slash fan.
“My dad has played his music for me since I was born,” Nasmyth said. “I’m such a big fan, I’ve never seen him live and I’m stoked.”
As for his appeal, Nasmyth just smiled, “He’s just sexy.”
Caleb Black, who dressed up as Slash, found out about the event by accident.
“I had no clue Slash was getting a star,” said Black, who had come with his friend all the way from Oklahoma to be Slash for Comic Con.
“We were in San Francisco, heading down to San Diego and we saw on Facebook about the event and ran down here,” Black said. “I just love his guitar playing, it’s got such a great blues-y style to it.”
Wendy Gosse said she has known Slash since 1997.
“I used to date one of the writers of Guns N' Roses,” Gosse said. “I love him. He’s come a long way and he’s worked very hard. His talent brought him to where he is today,” Gosse said.