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Guitarist Van Halen Joins Pop Star Jackson To Perform 'Beat It'

We’ve all heard Eddie Van Halen‘s solo on Michael Jackson‘s ‘Beat It‘ more times than we can count. Only a select few, however, have heard it performed live.

In fact, it was only due to a lucky fluke of scheduling that Van Halen happened to be in town when Jackson — on the ‘Victory’ tour with his siblings as the Jacksons — arrived in Dallas for the group’s July 14, 1984 concert. It was a huge year for Jackson as well as Van Halen, with both acts riding high on the success of career-defining LPs; naturally, given that Eddie’s distinctive cameo had helped ‘Beat It’ hit No. 1 earlier in the spring, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to recreate the magic in front of an audience.

You can watch it all go down in the video embedded above, starting with Jackson shouting “You got it, Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!” in the moments leading into Van Halen’s time in the spotlight. Of course, it’s just one of many outstanding solos in the legendary guitarist’s career, but his contribution to ‘Beat It’ remains a personal highlight for Eddie; as he revealed in a 2011 interview, it’s actually his favorite collaboration. “When I got there it took me 15 minutes to rearrange the song, and I played two solos and told them they could pick the one they liked best,” he recalled. “Then Michael walked in and said, ‘Wow! I really like that high, fast stuff you do.’ It was a lot of fun to do. It’s crazy that something could take such a short amount of time and can grow into something beyond anything you could ever imagine.”

Van Halen got a taste of its eventual impact while standing in line at a record store when ‘Beat It’ started playing. “The solo comes on, and I hear these kids in front of me going, ‘Listen to this guy trying to sound like Eddie Van Halen.’ I tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘That is me!’ That was hilarious,” he laughed in a separate interview. “I have a lot of respect for Michael. He’s going to be sorely missed. I’d be curious as to what he’d be doing right now.”


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Santiago’s Museo de la Moda Fashion Museum Celebrates The King of Pop

Santiago’s Museo de la Moda Fashion Museum Celebrates The King of Pop

Source: Fibre2Fashion | Museo de la Moda | All Things Michael

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Five years since his death, the aura surrounding Michael Jackson refuses to cease as the late King of Pop continues to allure people through his iconic stage costumes and personal belonging exhibits.

A similar exhibition featuring some memorable costumes worn by the American singer in few of his stage performances and videos have been…

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Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye And More To Be Inducted Into The 2014 R & B Music Hall Of Fame - August 24

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye And More To Be Inducted Into The 2014 R & B Music Hall Of Fame – August 24

Sources: R & B Museum | All Things Michael

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The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum is recognized as the one and only official institution that honors and memorializes the accomplishments of the many individuals and organizations that have contributed to the Rhythm and Blues genre. Our collection of artifacts and other objects of historical importance will be available for public viewing…

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Announcement: Please Read

Announcement: Taking A Break (Please Read)

For the first time since I started All Things Michael over 3 1/2 years ago, I will be taking a break starting July 1. During my hiatus, I will focus on updating the sections of my site that generally gets neglected.  I haven’t decided yet if it’s going to be just two weeks or for the entire month. It depends if I can go cold turkey for that long! I love what I do for Michael and it is an…

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Colour Me Good Record Sleeves

Colour Me Good Record Sleeves

Source: I Love Mel | All Things Michael

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In the age of digital downloads, we are really missing something, and that thing is album artwork, which normally now appears as a tiny weeny icon next to your song in your media player of choice, or not at all when you’re jogging along with your ipod in your pocket! Who has time to stop and look at the art your favourite musicians have put together for…

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY

MICHAEL JACKSON’S ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock – By Ken Kelly | All Things Michael

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The late Michael Jackson will forever be known as the King of Pop. Throughout his record-breaking music career however, Jackson very generously dabbled in rock and roll, collaborating with some of the genre’s musical elite in the process. Let’s take a look at some of those legends that were fortunate enough to work with Jackson…

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