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    Just had this strange thought running through my head. What song do you think it was that Michael Jackson heard and said 'this is the guy I want playing on my next album'? I can see MJ now in his room pumping the WACF album through his headphones, rocking out. Hell, it could have been something off of Fair Warning like Unchained. So, just thinking funny thoughts here.

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    Michael was probably listening to And the Cradle Will Rock.

    Seriously though, that's a great question. Not being a Michael Jackson fan, I don't know if he's ever commented on how he became aware of Eddie Van Halen. It's so hard to imagine Michael listening to Van Halen.

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    I believe it was Quincy Jones. I recall reading an interview with Ed saying he got a phone call and, when the person on the line did not immediately identify themselves, Ed asked who the "fucking asshole" on the phone was. It was Quincy inquiring about Ed doing "Beat It". I also believe Ed later got a thank you note from Quincy signed "The fucking asshole" or something to that effect. Pretty funny eh?


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    It was probably just the huge success of 1984!

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    Probably not UW. Thriller came out around 1983. Way before 1984 was released.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Top Timmy:
    Probably not UW. Thriller came out around 1983. Way before 1984 was released.

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    Sorry UW, but I can't help but laugh at this. Out


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    Thriller actually came out late in 1982 I believe. It's a bit vague, but I understand that Eddie recorded the Beat It solo sometime between August and November of 1982. They would have been right in the middle of the Diver Down tour at the time.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by track 5:
    Sorry UW, but I can't help but laugh at this. Out

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    Well sorrrrrry!! I wasn't alive the ok!! I was stll a lil' spermy!



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    I thought i heard that Steve Lukather had something to do with Eddie doing that solo??

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Light Up the Spanish Fly:
    I thought i heard that Steve Lukather had something to do with Eddie doing that solo??

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I'm not sure if Lukather had anything to do with hooking it up, but I understand that Steve did play rhythm guitar and bass on Beat It.



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    All i remember was in 1983 summer
    th year i grad from high school
    wanna be startin somethin was all
    over the radio.Hangin at the beach
    Partying,watchin women,finally feelin
    free..total rebel!
    the song got tiring,but real popular.
    At the end of the summer,my friend had the cassette, we were all going man,retire
    that tape already.
    Its gotta be off DD or FW i think that inspired Quincy to get a rock sound
    for MJ-

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    I would imagine that MJ, Quincy, and Epic records were all looking for something that would help Michael expand his audience beyond his core black audience and the few teenyboppers held over from the Jackson 5 days. In addition, MTV at the time were refusing to play any videos by black artists (ironic isn't it?).

    So who better to open up Michael's music to MTV and an expanded audience? Just pick the hottest guitar player in America and have him play a 30 second solo on the next album. Though I don't consider myself a big Michael Jackson fan, I have to admit it was a great strategy, and God knows it paid off. Not only for Michael, but for Run DMC and the other black acts who would soon follow. Unfortunately, this now has come full circle to the point where white musicians (as opposed to prefab bubblegum groups) get no airtime on MTV. Can Eddie, along with Dave, Mikey, and Alex reverse the situation once again??

    Stay tuned next spring.......

    BTW, for you Napster users, I have Eddie's "Beat It" solo in the best form possible. Without Michael Jackson and the rest of the annoying song. Look for it fcvh7896

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    Exactly FORD,you hit the nail right on the head.About MTV back then-

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Glenn:
    Thriller actually came out late in 1982 I believe. It's a bit vague, but I understand that Eddie recorded the Beat It solo sometime between August and November of 1982. They would have been right in the middle of the Diver Down tour at the time.

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    I remember reading an interview with Ed about the whole 'Beat It' situation, he said that he agreed to do it because everybody else (the rest of the band) were on vacation (between DD& 1984) & he figured no one would know about it. As most of us know VH didn't like Ed doing outside projects. Little did he know that shitty album would be huge.


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    Yeah RD, alot of these dates have bled together over time so that some of them must be wrong. Thriller came out in late 1982 and VH was on the DD tour until February of 1983, so the solo being recorded on vacation between tours doesn't really hold up. And Dave says in his book that he came back from vacation and heard Beat It on the radio and thought it was someone ripping off EVH. Now obviously the media was different then, and Michael Jackson wasn't nearly as big, but it's hard to imagine that Dave knew nothing of Ed's involvement in the Thriller project until Beat It was a single.

    A 100% accurate time line is but a dream I guess.

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