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TomKat shocks Slash backstage

The Daily Telegraph - Australia

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have shocked Slash with their secret passion for Guns 'N' Roses heavy metal hard rock bacstage at his concert.

The New York Times reports that he He was "jittery -- a tattooed bundle of nerves in a leather top hat" before being told Cruise wanted to meet him outside his dressing room door, his manager announced.

Slash, who recently released a solo album but is still best known for his Guns N' Roses days, was taken aback.

"As in, Tom Cruise Tom Cruise?" he asked. Yep, the wide-eyed manager said. "Um, yeah sure -- tell him to come in."

And suddenly there was a beaming Mr. Cruise. His wife, Katie Holmes, lingered behind him. "I'm a big fan, and I just really wanted to meet you," Mr. Cruise said. Some awkward banter followed -- neither man seemed to know whether to play the fan role or the celebrity one -- and ended with a confession.

"I'm a little nervous to go onstage," Slash said in a soft voice. Mr. Cruise tried to comfort him, saying the same thing happens on a movie set. "That's good," Mr. Cruise asserted. "That means it will be a good performance."