Slash is after a date with Hendrix in NZ

HAMILTON-BOUND: Slash is set to perform at Claudelands Arena on February 17.
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HAMILTON-BOUND: Slash is set to perform at Claudelands Arena on February 17.

If your name is Hendrix and you're a Hamilton-dwelling tuatara, a rock and roll legend would like to meet you. 

Slash, the former lead guitarist with 1980s/90s band Guns N' Roses, said he'd like to meet the city's resident tuatara when he's in town next month for his Claudelands show, alongside his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

A known fan of snakes and reptiles, Slash said he'd love to visit Hamilton Zoo and meet the reptile, named after musician Jimi Hendrix - whom Slash has touted as "the pioneer for electric lead guitar".

FAMOUS FANS: Hendrix, Hamilton Zoo's resident tuatara could in be in for a visit from legendary guitar man Slash next month.
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FAMOUS FANS: Hendrix, Hamilton Zoo's resident tuatara could in be in for a visit from legendary guitar man Slash next month.

"Probably the first thing I would be really into doing was like - there's a lot of indigenous animals in New Zealand and I'm not really sure what Hamilton is like but I'd probably go check the zoo out.

"I've seen a tuatara in the zoo before but I've never seen one in New Zealand ... I'd love to see that. [The zoo] would be the first thing I would put on my agenda," he said.

Time magazine recently ranked Slash number two on its list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time – just behind Hendrix himself.

Slash, real name Saul Hudson, said he once owned "90-odd snakes" and recently donated his pet anaconda to Nashville Zoo. 

He said museums were also of interest, and that he'd like to meet former Hamilton man Richard O'Brien, who wrote and starred in the Rocky Horror Show.

"My mum [the late costume designer Ola Hudson] actually did the wardrobe for Rocky Horror when it was a play.

"I was a little kid when I was around that, probably about seven years old ... it would be great to meet him."

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Health issues, including alcohol poisoning led to Slash having a defibrillator fitted in 2001. He said: "I don't need it anymore. It's still there because they have to do some really risky operation to take it out. 

"I got really sick from alcohol poisoning and they thought I would need it because they didn't trust I was going to take care of myself, which I didn't. But I've been sober for the last nine years so it's been pretty dormant since then."

His Claudelands appearance will mark the first time he's played in Hamilton, and he's promised a "loud and frantic and immediate" show.

The 6,000-capacity Claudelands Arena is a far cry smaller than the stadiums of New York and London, but Slash said he was excited by the chance to take the stage in both Hamilton and Wellington.

"I don't like to play the same city just 'cause it's easy or you don't put any thought into it. The opportunity came to play a couple different places and I just grabbed it."

"That's one of the great things about being in control of the situation, you can do stuff that you normally, y'know, don't get to do."

Some Guns N' Roses anthems, such as Sweet Child O' Mine and Paradise City had a chance of making it onto the set list too, he said.

Chart-topping Hamilton band Devilskin will play support for the show, and they had Slash's tick of approval. 

"I was sent some options for opening bands so I checked them out and I just picked that one 'cause I thought it was cool."

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