Legendary guitarist Slash helped Steve Irwin‘s father, Bob Irwin, launch the Bob Irwin Wildlife Conservation Foundation earlier today (Wednesday, August 22) at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia.
Slash, who first met Irwin at the Soundwave music festival in 2010, said, “He brought some animals down to Soundwave so we got to actually meet, so I was really starstruck.
“Ever since I can remember from childhood I’ve liked snakes and reptiles and animals in general. But snakes in particular,” he added.
Irwin said it was an honor to have Slash attend the launch.
“The best thing about this guy is he’s right into conservation and I love him,” he said.
Slash himself became well-known during his days with GUNS N’ ROSES as the owner of numerous snakes, although he told The Pulse Of Radio he had to dial it down when he became a father. “I used to have a plethora of snakes, but we got rid of everything right before my first son was born because you have 80, you know, life-threatening snakes around and a baby, you know, who’s going to grow up to be a toddler that’s gonna get into everything,” he said. “You know, I got sort of cold feet about the whole thing.”
Slash was honored last year by the Los Angeles Zoo for his contributions to the wildlife center and is also a trustee on the board.