Eddie Van Halen shares his memories of working with Michael Jackson

 May 6th, 2013

“Piers Morgan Live, Rewind”: Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson; Wayne Lapierre slams Piers Morgan and LL Cool J on racism

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  • Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson

On Friday evening, Piers Morgan welcomed legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen to the program. Ranked at the top of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists,” the musician and leader of his eponymously named band spoke about his work with another legendary musician, the late Michael Jackson.

In the early 80s, Jackson invited Van Halen to play on his single “Beat It,” but because of Van Halen’s policy with his band mates he was unable to take financial credit for his contribution.

“Honest to God truth, the band’s policy was, you know, we don’t do things outside of the band at the time, and everybody was out of town so I had no one to ask,” explained Van Halen. “I swear to God, I figured who’s going to know if I play on this black kid’s record.”

Van Halen also shared his memory of Jackson as a person away from the music. “He was a sweet guy is all I know,” he said. “Accused of a lot of things. He was just I think, you know, he wanted to remain a kid himself.”

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