EDDIE VAN HALEN Deconstructs Collaboration On MICHAEL JACKSON's ‘Beat It’ For CNN - "I’m Thinking To Myself, 'OK, ABC, 1, 2, 3 And Me... How’s That Going To Work?”; Video Posted

November 30, 2012, 2 years ago

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VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen was interviewed this Wednesday (November 28th) by CNN for a segment on the 30th anniversary of MICHAEL JACKSON’s masterpiece album, Thriller.
CNN: When Quincy rang you up, you thought it was a crank call. Eddie Van Halen: "I went off on him. I went, 'What do you want, you f-ing so-and-so!' And he goes, 'Is this Eddie?' I said, 'Yeah, what the hell do you want?' 'This is Quincy.' I’m thinking to myself, 'I don’t know anyone named Quincy.' He goes,'“Quincy Jones, man.' I went, 'Ohhh, sorry!'" (Laughs) I asked, 'What can I do for you?' And he said, 'How would you like to come down and play on Michael Jackson’s new record?' And I’m thinking to myself, 'OK, ‘ABC, 1, 2, 3? and me. How’s that going to work?' I still wasn’t 100% sure it was him. I said, 'I’ll tell you what. I’ll meet you at your studio tomorrow.' And lo and behold, when I get there, there’s Quincy, there’s Michael Jackson and there’s engineers. They’re makin’ records!" Watch the video below and read a transcription of their entire interview with Eddie at Van Halen News Desk.

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