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Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo on Beat It 'was perfect'

The electric guitar solo played on Beat It by Eddie Van Halen has been described as one of the finest of all time.
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The electric guitar solo performed by Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson's Beat It has been praised as "perfect" for the song.

Gibson.com has named the track as containing one of its top 50 guitar solos of all time and website contributor Bryan Wawzenek said it is often forgotten Van Halen performed it.

"Van Halen's solo cuts through the song like a chainsaw, before his fast fingers erupt into a frenzy not normally heard on a number one pop single," said the writer.

He added that the guitarist, who played on Beat It for free as a favour to Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, managed to find the perfect combination between "slick pop and overdriven rock".

Van Halen can play a number of different musical instruments, first learning to play the piano as a youngster before moving on to the drums and then finally settling on the electric guitar.

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Posted on 20 Sep 2010 10:44 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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