Slash’s guitar playing is legendary, from Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Lenny Kravitz and many more, including his own bands, Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, but it is his work with Michael, which most interests most of Michael’s fans.
Michael and Slash were unlikely friends! After Michael’s death, Slash even described himself and Michael as, “very similar people, it was always all about the music.” That said, Slash also was at pains to clarify what he did and did not contribute to Michael’s hits. Speaking to CNN in 2010, Slash said of a popular misconception: “I never played on ‘Black or White.’ I played on ‘Give in to Me,’ [also from Michael’s ‘Dangerous’ album] and in the ‘Black and White’ video, when Macaulay Culkin was trashing around, that’s me playing. ‘Black or White’s’ recorded guitars are played by co-writer Bill Bottrell and the solo by L.A. session player Tim Pierce.”
But Slash did famously play with Michael on a medley at the ‘MTV Video Music Awards,’ in 1995. Slash also played on that year’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us,’ ‘D.S.,’ and ‘Morphine,’ (from the 1997 remix album ‘Blood on the Dancefloor’).