Rick: What surprises me is that most missing children weren’t reported missing by their parents. That’s kind of heartbreaking.
Perla Hudson: Isn’t that horrible?
Rick: I can’t believe it. Looking at the auction, there are some pretty cool items that are obviously cool, whether they’re associated with Slash or not. One in particular caught my eye and probably caught a lot of people’s, and that’s that ’66 big block Corvette.
Perla Hudson: Oh, yeah. That was a really hard one for him to part with. [Both laughing] We’re all about minimizing now and he’s a bit of a pack rat. There was a time when I first met Slash he had like 10 cars. That was one of them, one of his big purchases when he first made a lot of money with Guns N’ Roses. He bought that car and recently he got an Aston Martin. There are only so many cars one can drive. We have kids now. We’ve got the SUV, so we’re parting with it. That one’s even harder for me.
Rick: Was that a driver or did you just keep it in the garage and keep it pristine?
Perla Hudson: Oh, no. We drove it. He didn’t drive it every day, but he did drive it on a regular basis.
Rick: Is it a coupe?
Perla Hudson: Yes, it is.
Rick: Oh, nice. I had a ’65 convertible, so I know they’re great cars.
Perla Hudson: Right. He had the whole thing, this was way back in the day when he bought it, I guess the late ’80s, had the whole stereo system tricked out to where the panel where you press the buttons for the stereo that was on the visor. After that I believe he put everything back to its original condition. But, it still has a pretty kickin’ stereo system in there, too. [Both laughing]
Rick: How tough was it then to give up some of those other auction items?
Perla Hudson: It was pretty tough. Getting him to go through his list of guitars was really difficult for him, and in a way I don’t blame him. The ones that he did part with, it was a lot for him. But, he has over 150 guitars, as it stands, so he’s getting rid of, I think it was 13 or 14.
Rick: If you had an opportunity, or maybe it would be a better question to ask him, to buy one of those auction items, which one do you think you or he would grab?
Perla Hudson: Well, I think that there’s a painting in there that we didn’t mean to put in there that we might have to buy back. [Both laughing]
Rick: What is it?
Perla Hudson: It’s the Ain’t Life Grand album cover artwork. It wasn’t supposed to go and if Slash hears this interview, he’ll kill me, because it went on accident; one of those things that got put into the wrong pile.
Rick: Oh, it happens.
Perla Hudson: Once they’re up for auction, we’ve got to buy them back.
Rick: It’ll go to a good cause, right?
Perla Hudson: Absolutely.