Guitarist opens up about his mother's relationship with the Thin White Duke
The legendary axeman, who released his second solo album ‘Apocalyptic Love’ in May, revealed to Australian radio station Triple M that he walked in on his costume-designer mother Ola Hudson and the glam rock icon in the nude together when he was just eight years old.
Ola, who passed away in 2009, worked with Bowie in the mid-1970s and designed his outfits during his period with his ‘Thin White Duke’ persona, which included the album ‘Station To Station’ and the film The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Speaking about this, Slash said: “My mum started working with David professionally at first. I’m pretty sure that’s how it started. Then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for a while after that. She did his wardrobe for his whole Thin White Duke period and The Man Who Fell To Earth movie that he did. She did all that and he was around for a while.”
He continued: “He was always over – they were always together. I caught them naked once. They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective was limited. Looking back on it, I know exactly what was going on. When I look back on that whole combination of people, I can only imagine how freaky it was.”
Slash will tour the UK in October, with a run of shows that begins in Edinburgh at the city’s Corn Exchange on October 7 and runs until October 15 when the guitarist and his band headline Newcastle’s O2 Academy. The run of gigs also includes shows in Manchester, Birmingham and two nights at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
‘Apocalyptic Love’ features 13 songs, all of which feature Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy on vocals. Kennedy is touring alongside Slash throughout the album’s promotional world tour with his band Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators.
Slash recently completed a full European tour, which included an appearance at this summer’s Download Festival and a one-off show at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on June 6.
Slash will play:
Edinburgh Corn Exchange (October 7)
O2 Apollo Manchester (8)
Birmingham National Indoor Arena (9)
O2 Academy Brixton (11, 12)
O2 Academy Newcastle (15)