Okay, so we all know that whilst producing Michael Jackson’s Thriller album in 1983, Michael’s producer, Quincy Jones called up the hottest guitarist on the planet—Eddie Van Halen—and had a conversation that led to Eddie playing the immortal guitar solo on “Beat It.”
But what if it was the other way round? Imagine if—while David Lee Roth was AWOL in the Amazon—Eddie called up Michael Jackson and asked him to come visit Van Halen’s 5150 recording studio and contribute lyrics and vocals for the track that we know of as “Panama.”
“Hey, Michael, I’ve got this song down, but Roth’s not around and I need a vocal … what are you doing right now?”
Maybe it would have sounded something like the video above?
What do you think of this Van Halen/Michael Jackson mashup? Love it or hate it?