Eddie Van Halen And Michael Jackson On Stage

Source: 103. 7 The Loon | All Things Michael

Guitarist Van Halen Joins Pop Star Jackson To Perform 'Beat It'

We’ve all heard Eddie Van Halen‘s solo on Michael Jackson‘s ‘Beat It‘ more times than we can count. Only a select few, however, have heard it performed live.

In fact, it was only due to a lucky fluke of scheduling that Van Halen happened to be in town when Jackson — on the ‘Victory’ tour with his siblings as the Jacksons — arrived in Dallas for the group’s July 14, 1984 concert. It was a huge year for Jackson as well as Van Halen, with both acts riding high on the success of career-defining LPs; naturally, given that Eddie’s distinctive cameo had helped ‘Beat It’ hit No. 1 earlier in the spring, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to recreate the magic in front of an audience.

You can watch it all go down in the video embedded above, starting with Jackson shouting “You got it, Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!” in the moments leading into Van Halen’s time in the spotlight. Of course, it’s just one of many outstanding solos in the legendary guitarist’s career, but his contribution to ‘Beat It’ remains a personal highlight for Eddie; as he revealed in a 2011 interview, it’s actually his favorite collaboration. “When I got there it took me 15 minutes to rearrange the song, and I played two solos and told them they could pick the one they liked best,” he recalled. “Then Michael walked in and said, ‘Wow! I really like that high, fast stuff you do.’ It was a lot of fun to do. It’s crazy that something could take such a short amount of time and can grow into something beyond anything you could ever imagine.”

Van Halen got a taste of its eventual impact while standing in line at a record store when ‘Beat It’ started playing. “The solo comes on, and I hear these kids in front of me going, ‘Listen to this guy trying to sound like Eddie Van Halen.’ I tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘That is me!’ That was hilarious,” he laughed in a separate interview. “I have a lot of respect for Michael. He’s going to be sorely missed. I’d be curious as to what he’d be doing right now.”

Read More: http://1037theloon.com/eddie-van-halen-michael-jackson-concert/?trackback=tsmclip

Santiago’s Museo de la Moda Fashion Museum Celebrates The King of Pop

Source: Fibre2Fashion | Museo de la Moda | All Things Michael


Five years since his death, the aura surrounding Michael Jackson refuses to cease as the late King of Pop continues to allure people through his iconic stage costumes and personal belonging exhibits.

A similar exhibition featuring some memorable costumes worn by the American singer in few of his stage performances and videos have been put up on display at the Museo de la Moda (Museum of Fashion) in Santiago, Chile.

The major attractions of the exhibit include a round neck T-shirt, featuring an angel and a pink heart with an inscription ‘Il n’y a plus que l’amour. Sauf Amour’ (There is only love. Except for Love), which he wore with a red zippered jacket in the Beat It video from his 1982 album Thriller.

The display also features the unforgettable metal studded leather jacket, donned by MJ for the cover shoot of the Dangerous World Tour program (1992-1993). Designed by the singer’s official stylist duo Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, the broad shouldered jacket features a scoop military neck.

Also, a 1974 patchwork detailed denim jacket, sported by Jackson in Ebony magazine’s December 1974 issue, and a 1984 replica doll wearing the legendary musician’s Beat it attire have also become a part of the exhibit.

Read more: http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/fashion-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=165763

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye And More To Be Inducted Into The 2014 R & B Music Hall Of Fame – August 24

Sources: R & B Museum | All Things Michael


The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum is recognized as the one and only official institution that honors and memorializes the accomplishments of the many individuals and organizations that have contributed to the Rhythm and Blues genre. Our collection of artifacts and other objects of historical importance will be available for public viewing through permanent and temporary exhibits.

The Museum’s purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and educate about the various aspects of the world of Rhythm and Blues Music. Artifacts and materials that we have collected and are collecting, are not only owned by the museum but are also borrowed and created for the various displays.

On August 17, 2013 at Cleveland State University in Ohio, many Detroiters and Motown alumni were inducted into the R&BHOF freshman class such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Dramatics, and Jackie Wilson to name a few.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held August 24, in Canton, OH at the Canton Palace Theater, and will include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, The Whispers, The Funk Brothers, The Sweet Inspiration, Marvin Gaye, Chubby Checker, Norm N. Nite, Deon Dantes, The Delfonics and Gene Chandler.

Confirmed attendees (among others) are Duke Fakir (The Four Tops), Kim Weston, Cissy Houston, Martha Reeves, Joe Jackson, and the families of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and David Ruffin.


Tickets will also be available at the door.

Other Induction Events

Pre-Induction Celebrity White Party - August 22 – $25.00

Soul Food Party In the Park – August 23 – Free


Read more: http://www.rbhalloffame.com/

Announcement: Please Read

For the first time since I started All Things Michael over 3 1/2 years ago, I will be taking a break starting July 1. During my hiatus, I will focus on updating the sections of my site that generally gets neglected.  I haven’t decided yet if it’s going to be just two weeks or for the entire month. It depends if I can go cold turkey for that long! I love what I do for Michael and it is an addiction! I will definitely be back by August 1 in preparation for Michael’s birthday.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you which reputable MJ sites to go for news as many of you already follow them.

I have met many wonderful people and I appreciate the support that you given me. I hope that you will continue to support the work that I do for Michael.

Thank you once again and I will see you all in a few weeks.

US singer Michael Jackson performs during the tapi

Colour Me Good Record Sleeves

Source: I Love Mel | All Things Michael


In the age of digital downloads, we are really missing something, and that thing is album artwork, which normally now appears as a tiny weeny icon next to your song in your media player of choice, or not at all when you’re jogging along with your ipod in your pocket! Who has time to stop and look at the art your favourite musicians have put together for the discerning music listener?

Fear not though; for the lovers of the old ways, and lovers of colouring books, for people who love the big old album sleeves around a vinyl record or just the glossy booklets in the front of a new CD, there’s tonnes of the stuff (as drawn by Mel Elliott) in this fun and cool colouring book. Colour in and celebrate this often over-looked art form by creating your own limited edition versions of your favourite albums!

Featuring record sleeves by:

Nirvana, Jake Bugg, Patti Smith, Blondie, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, The Strokes, The Doors, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eminem, Grace Jones, Madonna, Lana Del Rey and Simon & Garfunkel.

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A perfect gift for a music aficionado, or anyone who likes colouring in!

This colouring book contains 15 black line drawings by Mel Elliott for you to colour in.

It’s printed on 150g Ecoplex paper, which is made from recycled paper so absolutely no trees were harmed during the making of this book.

Author: Mel Elliott

Publisher: I Love Mel


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Source: Ultimate Classic Rock – By Ken Kelly | All Things Michael


The late Michael Jackson will forever be known as the King of Pop. Throughout his record-breaking music career however, Jackson very generously dabbled in rock and roll, collaborating with some of the genre’s musical elite in the process. Let’s take a look at some of those legends that were fortunate enough to work with Jackson before his untimely passing on June 25, 2009.

Kenny Loggins - ‘Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong’ (1979)

In hindsight, it seems strange that a song featuring Michael Jackson wouldn’t be released as a single. But that’s what happened with ‘Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong,’ a deep cut from Kenny Loggins’ ‘Keep the Fire,’ on which Jackson’s background vocals are distinctly heard in the chorus. The album’s big hit was ‘This Is It,’ which features background vocals from another star, five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald.

Paul McCartney = ‘Girlfriend’ (1979), ‘The Girl is Mine’ (1983), ‘Say Say Say’ (1983)

One of the few people whose fame arguably eclipsed Jackson’s was Paul McCartney. The former Beatle penned ‘Girlfriend’ for 1979′s ‘Off The Wall,’ marking the beginning of what was once a good friendship between the superstars. McCartney later appeared on the ‘Thriller’ track, ‘The Girl Is Mine,’ while Jackson reciprocated the favor, duetting on ‘Say Say Say,’ from the latter’s 1983 album ‘Pipes of Peace.’

‘The Girl Is Mine’ climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983, but ‘Say Say Say’ topped the chart. Perhaps most surprisingly about ‘Say Say Say’ is that it ranks as Michael Jackson’s biggest hit on the Billboard charts.

The friendship between Jackson and McCartney would suffer irreparable damage when, a year later, Jackson outbid McCartney for ownership of the publishing rights to more than 250 Beatles songs. Jackson drew further ire from McCartney in 1987 when he licensed the Beatles song ‘Revolution’ to be used in a commercial for Nike.

After Jackson unexpectedly passed away in June 2009, McCartney was gracious and forgiving, described his former song partner as a “massively talented boy-man with a gentle soul. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael,” he said.

Dave Mason -’Save Me’ (1980)

Best known for his 1977 hit, ‘We Just Disagree,’ as well as his time in Traffic and guitarist-for-hire, Dave Mason duetted with Jackson on 1980′s ‘Save Me.’ The funky track, which appeared on Mason’s album ‘Old Crest on a New Wave,’ only got as high as No. 71 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Eddie Van Halen -’Beat It’ (1982)

Michael Jackson’s rock collaborations didn’t stop with Paul McCartney. Van Halen‘s Eddie Van Halen agreed to record a free and uncredited guitar solo on the song ‘Beat It’ as a favor for ‘Thriller’ producer Quincy Jones. Van Halen reportedly cut his 20-second solo in less than a half hour.

In an interview with CNN, Van Halen marvelled at the fact he believed that his bandmates would be none the wiser to his appearance on ‘Thriller.’ “I said to myself, ‘Who is going to know that I played on this kid’s record, right? Nobody’s going to find out.’

But according to the Van Halen News Desk, Van Halen says that the collaboration did not go over well with the other members of the band. “Certain people in the band at that time didn’t like me doing things outside the group. But [singer David Lee] Roth happened to be in the Amazon or somewhere, and Mike [Anthony, bassist] was at Disneyland and Al [Van Halen, drummer] was up in Canada or something, and I was home alone. So I thought, well, they’ll never know.”

After having suggested an alternate arrangement for ‘Beat It,’ Van Halen didn’t quite know how Jackson would react to the changes he made to the song.

“I was just finishing the second solo when Michael walked in,” he recalled. “And you know artists are kind of crazy people. We’re all a little bit strange. I didn’t know how he would react to what I was doing. So I warned him before he listened. I said, ‘Look, I changed the middle section of your song,’ Now in my mind, he’s either going to have his bodyguards kick me out for butchering his song, or he’s going to like it. And so he gave it a listen, and he turned to me and went, ‘Wow, thank you so much for having the passion to not just come in and blaze a solo, but to actually care about the song, and make it better.’

As a side note, the guitar riff that underpins ‘Beat it’ was played by Steve Lukather of Toto.

Freddie Mercury - ‘There Must Be More to Life Than This,’ ‘State of Shock’ and ‘Victory’ (1983)

In 1983, Freddie Mercury spent six hours in Jackson’s home studio, laying down vocals on three songs, ‘There Must Be More to Life than This,’ ‘State of Shock’ and ‘Victory.’ Both parties eventually deemed the songs unsuitable for official consumption and have been frequently bootlegged, although the first two were released in other forms (see below). In 2013, Queen guitarist Brian May said that he was building upon the outtakes for a forthcoming album.

Mick Jagger - ‘State of Shock’ (1984)

‘Thriller’ was still high on the charts in 1984 when Michael Jackson’s next association with rock royalty came to pass. He had reunited with his brothers for the Jacksons’ ‘Victory’ album and subsequently recorded the No. 3 hit single ‘State of Shock‘ with none other than the Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger.

Bruce Swedien, the recording engineer for the Jacksons ‘Victory’ album recalled that Jackson instructed Jagger to warm up his vocals in preparation for the session. And while it may seem ludicrous to some that Michael Jackson would be giving pointers to the Rolling Stones frontman, Swedien said that Jagger happily complied. This undoubtedly helped show how much respect Jagger had for Jackson.

“Mick didn’t hesitate. By then, everyone knew how good Michael was,” Swedien said. “If Michael Jackson says warm up, you warm up – even if you are Mick Jagger.”

Various Artists - ‘We Are the World’ (1985)

In order to raise money for African famine relief, Jackson and Lionel Richie co-wrote ‘We Are the World.’ The two, with Quincy Jones producing, gathered together an incredible array of some of the era’s most popular musicians under the name USA for Africa. Among the rockers who contributed to the track were Bruce SpringsteenBob DylanBilly Joel and Paul Simon. ‘We Are the World’ was No. 1 for a month and raised a reported $63 million.

Steve Stevens - ‘Dirty Diana’ (1987)

When it came time to record the follow-up to ‘Thriller,’ Quincy Jones reportedly called producer Ted Templeman to ask who he could recommend to perform a guitar solo on the song ‘Dirty Diana,’ which would become another No. 1 hit for Jackson. Not wanting to repeat themselves by bringing Eddie Van Halen back into the studio, Templeman recommended Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.

When Jones made the initial call to Stevens, the guitarist didn’t believe the person on the other end of the phone line. “I was living in New York at the time and I got a phone call from Quincy Jones,” he said. “The phone rang and I thought someone was f—ing with me. I hung up the phone but then the phone rings again and he goes, ‘Don’t hang up, because this is the real deal.’”

Stating that the original version of ‘Dirty Diana’ that he performed on was over seven minutes in length, Stevens didn’t expect the song to be as dark and heavy as it was.

“Michael was very musical,” he continued. “The things he requested and asked for were all really cool ideas. He understood what I was about and was trying to get the best out of my performance. It was a great session.”

Slash - ‘Give in to Me’ (1991)

Jackson’s desire to seek unconventional collaborations continued with 1991′s ‘Dangerous.’ The pop star selected Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash to play on the track ‘Give in to Me,’ although many mistakenly believe the legendary guitarist played on Jackson’s single ‘Black or White.’

Slash set the record straight in a 2010 interview, saying, “I did not play on [that song]. The sound of the guitar [on that song] is very happy. It just doesn’t sound like me, anyone would know that. It’s not the guitar sound you would expect from me, but somehow I got pigeonholed as the guy who played on that song.”

Of course, that didn’t stop Slash and Jackson from eventually performing ‘Black & White’ together live.

Read more: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/michael-jackson-rock-history/



30 Years Ago Michael Jackson Releases ‘State of Shock’ With Mick Jagger

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock – By Tony Rettman | All Things Michael


Nonetheless, he returned for a final family recording with his siblings, helping complete the Jacksons’ ‘Victory’ in the summer of 1984. The album — which was followed by a stadium tour — would become the group’s last Platinum effort, and its highest-selling non-Motown recording. Michael and company, then known as the Jackson 5, had begun their career in 1969 on that iconic R&B label, selling 13 million copies over their initial three 1969-70 album releases alone. That ‘Victory’ ultimately emerged as a half-baked effort, made up of tracks worked out by the Jackson brothers in solo settings, meant little to a fan base hungry for any new product from Michael.

As such, it’s of little surprise that the best-known track from ‘Victory’ remains ‘State of Shock,’ one that Michael Jackson penned with Jacksons guitarist Randy Hansen. He upped the ante, however, by inviting a famous rock star along for the sessions. Initially, the duet was scheduled with Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury but, when that recording couldn’t be completed, Jackson called on the Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger to step in.

Jagger certainly had nothing to prove as a member of the Stones, having remained relevant into a new decade via massive tours and the great critical reception for 1981′s ‘Tattoo You.’ But with the future of the Stones in doubt by this time, Jagger was looking to establish himself as a solo artist — he was working on ‘She’s the Boss’ when ‘State of Shock’ came out — and hitching a ride on Jackson’s rocket-like trajectory was a perfect place for him to start.

The plan worked as well as expected when ‘State of Shock’ was released in June 1984. Critics may have panned it for being a manufactured event, simply noteworthy for the duo singing on it, but the public saw things differently. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest-ever charting Billboard Hot 100 song. For the Jacksons, it became their final single to be certified Gold.

Incidentally, demos of Jackson’s original, aborted collaboration with Mercury still exist. Queen stalwart Brian May announced last year that he plans to release those recordings soon.

Read More: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/mick-jagger-michael-jackson



Paul McCartney Remembers MJ While Katy Perry Sort of Doesn’t Remember Paul

Source: 997 The Point – By Mike Stanz| All Things Michael


This is from a couple of weeks ago, but it’s a neat little video clip. Katy Perry and Paul McCartney (who ever thought they would ever share a couch?) were guests on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show.

Katy was trying to salute Paul, but she stumbled a little when she got to “… and the fact that you’re still here today…” Pretty funny the way it worked out.


And then Paul tells a great story about meeting and working with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and some interesting advice Paul gave him. Check it out…


Read more at 997 The Point