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Slash Returns Stolen Guitar to Hard Rock

Honor System Suprise at Honors Ceremony

Las Vegas, NV. (July 23, 2007) - Slash surprised everyone at a recent Hard Rock dedication ceremony in Las Vegas as the franchise was honoring him for his work with Velvet Revolver and Guns N'' Roses. The top-hatted one decided it was a good time to return an axe he had stolen from the Hard Rock in Orlando. As he tells the story, it was in a dressing room and he didn''t know what it was doing there so he simply lifted it and ended up playing it for years. He says giving the instrument back is his way of honoring the Hard Rock for honoring him.

The pilfered-and-returned Les Paul can be see in a dispaly case at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas along with other Slash goods, including the jean jacket he wore in the "Sweet Child of Mine" video and one of his top hats.