I got to see him with STP a couple of times in the early 90's in SoCal and his voice was always on the radio during a great time in music and my life. They didn't get much credit with Nirvana and Pearl Jam getting so much attention at the time, but their sound, like Soundgarden & Alice in Chains was kind of like a rhythm section that helped fill out the sound of the time and made it more than just one or two bands and more like a movement.
This is probably still my favorite Slash riff and solo. Knowing it finally caught up with him, you look back at a guy who was describing the circus even as he lived it. Observations on a train ride through hell, if you will. If you spent some time in rock clubs in SoCal, it also captures a kind of polaroid of that feel that was just about as blurry and jangled as most people's memories of it. Most of all, it was a song that caught me by surprise because everyone had written him off as gone and done. It felt like a resurrection at the time, but I guess it was more like a another point on an arc that has finally reach it's end.