One of the most popular online publications of the world, CheatSheet, has published a new article today in which they flashed the little-known details of Eddie Van Halen’s collaboration with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
According to the recent report of CheatSheet; Eight years ago, iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen made an interview with CNN and talked about the collaboration with Michael Jackson, and about their legendary song Beat It. Van Halen stated that while working on the song, he suggested a change. Later on, he explained how Jackson reacted to his offer.
In the 1980s, Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen worked together on a hit song, Beat It. In an interview, Van Halen opened up about the experience he had with Jackson. He, interestingly, changed the middle section of the song while he was recording and warned Jackson about the change since he was skeptical about Jackson’s reaction.
Here is what Eddie Van Halen said about altering the song:
“I was just finishing the second solo when Michael walked in. And you know artists are kind of crazy people. We’re all a little bit strange. I didn’t know how he would react to what I was doing. So I warned him before he listened. I said, ‘Look, I changed the middle section of your song.’”
Later on Van Halen added:
“Now in my mind, he’s either going to have his bodyguards kick me out for butchering his song, or he’s going to like it.”
The King of Pop, with a down to earth attitude, actually liked the alteration and the consideration of Van Halen’s. Jackson appreciated the fact that Van Halen did not just record a solo, but cared for the song.
Here is how Michael Jackson reacted:
“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.“
You can reach the source of the statement here.