The Story EVH Didn’t Want Anyone to Know: His Solo on Michael Jackson’s Beat It

It was supposed to be a secret. A favor for legendary producer Quincy Jones. Just a quick guitar solo on a track for “a kid” named Michael.

The members of Van Halen had an agreement: no side gigs, no solo acts. But Eddie did it anyway! He didn’t want credit for it, and he didn’t want to be paid for it. It was just a quick half hour of recording time…no big deal.

Well, guess what! Michael Jackson WAS a big deal. And Beat It ended up winning the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1984.

Cat’s out of the bag at that point!

And apparently, that’s not all!

Here’s one of the many contributions Eddie Van Halen has made to the history of Rock and Roll!