MJ On Eddie Van Halen’s Work On ‘Beat It’
September 13, 2022
Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen perform Beat It on The Jacksons Victory Tour at Texas Stadium Dallas, Texas, July 14, 1984

Upon hearing Eddie Van Halen record guitar work on “Beat It,” Eddie noted that Michael remarked, “Wow, thank you so much for having the passion to not just come in and blaze a solo, but to actually care about the song, and make it better.” Van Halen was initially uncredited but after the song became a #1 hit fans became aware of the collaboration.

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