Pop and R&B star Michael Jackson was looking to broaden his audience base when he invited Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen to play on a track from the album he was working on as a follow-up to his best-selling 1979 LP Off the Wall.
Nobody else is getting into Eddie Van Halen's already sold-out talk about his life, music and career at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. on Feb. 12 -- but that doesn't mean you have to miss it.
Next month California auction house Profiles In History will include a rare Eddie Van Halen guitar. The battle ax is Eddie's 1982 Kramer Frankenstrat. There were only eight of the handmade guitars built. The guitar is not unique only because of the limited number in existent but due to its use on the "1984" album and during the Van Halen tour 1982-1984.
The news that hard rock guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen was collaborating with rapper LL Cool J admittedly left some fans scratching their heads. But now the genre-crossing rocker is speaking out about the two new tracks, calling the experience "a breath of fresh air."
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