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Eddie Van Halen, Slash Talk Working With Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson may have been the “King Of Pop,” but he had two major connections to the rock world:  Eddie Van Halen and Slash.

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades, EVH wrote/played that iconic, blistering guitar solo on MJ’s classic track “Beat It.”  As for Slash, he appeared on “Give In To Me,” the seventh (!) single off of 1991’s Dangerous and went on to perform live with Jackson on a number of occasions, including the 1995 MTV VMAs.

So, what was it like to work with Michael?  In honor of Jackson’s birthday today (August 29th), take a look at these interviews of each guitarist talking about one of music's most enigmatic artists of all time.    

Van Halen on Michael Jackson: Sweet guy

Eddie Van Halen shares his memories of working with Michael Jackson, and his reaction to the current court case. For more CNN videos, visit our site at



Slash On Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell & David Bowie Legendary guitarist Slash looks back on his relationship with Michael Jackson, and reflects on some of the celebrity musicians that were part of his childhood.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.