VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) won the "Best Guitarist" prize in the 2005 Esky Music Awards in Esquire magazine. A write-up in the magazine announcing Slash's win reads as follows:"He's who we see ourselves as everytime we strap on an air guitar. The top hat. The hair. The dangling cigarette. The near-death experiences. He'll always be Slash of GUNS N' ROSES to us, but we also congratulate him for beating the comeback odds with a surprisingly legitimate and vital outfit, VELVET REVOLVER. Accepting the award, Slash has issued the following statement: "This is my first guitarist award ever. It's very humbling. I'd like to thank my parents, and I'd also like to thank everyone I've ever fucking worked with in the music business from the point I started at up until now — the bands I've been in, the sessions I've done, and the artists I've worked with. My wife is at least half of the reason I'm still walking. I'd also like to thank Robert Wolin; he got me to switch from bass to guitar. Thank you." (Thanks: Here Today... Gone to Hell)
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