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25 Things You Don't Know About Slash

The guitarist's secrets include a love for candy and a dislike of seafood and reality shows

February 1, 2011 2:15 PM ET
25 Things You Don't Know About Slash
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Slash, 45 — who's currently on tour and just announced his own Slasher Film company at the Sundance Film Festival — gets personal with UsMagazine.com.

1. The first instrument I ever played was the drums. I was the little drummer boy in a school production of 12 days of Christmas in Stoke-on-Trent, England, when I was five years old.

2. I watch SpongeBob SquarePants.

3. I'm a cat lover.

4. I'm an avid dinosaur and pinball machine collector. I'm a bit of a pack rat.

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5. I love building Legos with my kid.

6. I have candy and chocolate stashed in the house that I secretly get into.

7. I am five years clean and sober.

8. I've flat-lined three times (that I know of).

9. I'm also a non-smoker. But I'm addicted to coffee (the stronger the better — Cuban is my favorite).

10. I have no middle name.

11. I have an internal defibrillator in my heart. Don't do drugs and alcohol — I'm living proof!

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12. I don't eat anything from the sea.

13. I'm a "semi-pro" race car driver.

14. I'm a huge movie buff.

15. I've started my own horror film production company called Slasher Films.

16. I refused to use a computer until around eight years ago.

17. When I was 7, I changed my name from Saul to Mark but I changed it back to Saul.

18. I was nicknamed Slash because I was always running around (slashing).

19. I get freaked out watching surgery shows.

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20. I hate reality TV. But I love cooking shows and documentaries.

21. I don't know how to cook.

22. I'm not Jewish! I'm 1/2 black, 1/2 British. I'm a proud dual citizen (American and British).

23. One of my favorite tracks on my album Slash is a song I did with Adam Levine called "Gotten."

24. I have a pet anaconda named Sam.

25. If I didn't live in the U.S., I'd live in Spain.

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