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Video: Slash on His Five Favorite Guitar Solos of All Time

May 27, 2010 12:07 PM ET

With a hot new solo record crammed with guest stars out now, Slash recently stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to talk about collaborating with guests including Chris Cornell, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Iggy Pop and Ozzy Osbourne. "To be up at Ozzy's house working on this song, and to have him singing right next to me with that recognizable voice I've been listening to since I was on acid when I was 13, it was sort of a trip," Slash tells Rolling Stone. Watch video of our interview with Slash above.

Twenty three years ago, Guns n' Roses released their landmark debut Appetite for Destruction, meaning the L.A. rockers are only two years away from being eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So if the band were to be inducted, would that mean Slash would reunite with Axl? "I would hate to do anything that sort of repeated the Van Halen debacle," he says, referring to the 2007 ceremony where only ex-members Sammy Hagar and Mike Anthony were on hand for the induction due to fighting between bandmates. "It seems like something that five adult individuals should be able to pull together, but we'll see."

Check out the video above to also see Slash name his five favorite guitar solos ever, how guitarists like Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and himself are on the verge of becoming endangered species and more.

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