Friday, April 12, 2024

Eddie van Halen Gets Tribute from Quincy Jones for His Historic Performance on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”


Eddie van Halen played the memorable guitar solo on Michael Jackson’s instant classic, “Beat It,” back in 1983. Producer Quincy Jones paid tribute to him tonight:

“RIP to the GREAT @eddievanhalen
. Even though it took a couple calls to convince U it was actually me on the phone :) U killed it on Thriller, & your classic
solo on Beat It will never be matched. I’ll always smile when I think of our time working together. Eternal
Red heart
& props.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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