Slash receives Les Paul AwardDecember 5, 2014 by Les Paul Foundation
Each January at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) the Les Paul Award, which is sponsored by the Les Paul Foundation, is presented as part of the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. At the 2015 event, Slash will join the ranks of individuals and institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.
Slash will receive the award on January 24 in Anaheim, California. The awards event, which recognizes individuals and companies in 30 music-related technical and production categories, is part of the very popular annual NAMM Show. Those who have received The Les Paul Award, since its inception in 1991, include Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Steve Miller, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Todd Rundgren.
Slash with Les Paul (right) and Les Paul Foundation Executive Director Michael Braunstein (left).
Although Slash has commented on how Les kept him humble, he frequently joined Les on stage at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club, the site of Les’ weekly performances. In a 2009 article for MTV, Slash summed his feelings for Les, “He was a genius inventor, musical innovator and a wonderful person.”
Slash and Les Paul were friends from 1991. In a 2009 interview for the L.A. Weekly, Slash told interviewer Erin Broadley, “He (Les) was the barometer for my evolution as a guitar player.” In a 2011 interview with Entertainment News, Slash observed, “He single-handedly created what I consider popular music.” One has to believe Les would enjoy seeing his friend Slash receive the award bearing his name.