Late last night, reports of a sick Michael Jackson started crossing the newswires.
Immediately, questions started circulating about the King of Pop. Is MJ in the hospital? Does he have pneumonia?
Can you imagine the media frenzy if old Michael drops dead? I mean, what would happen to Blanket and those other almost legitimate children?
Despite reports that Jackson is broke he’s still really, really, really rich, and all that money can buy a lot of lawyers.
Back when Jackson was still a productive member of music society, he collaborated with some of rock’s best guitarists. A brilliant Eddie Van Halen contributed a solo to “Beat It” off the Thriller album.
Eddie did that solo in secret, for fear David Lee Roth would think he was turning his back on the band that bears his surname. Ah, the irony.
A few years later, Slash performed solos on “Black or White” and “Give it to Me.” Both these tracks appear on Dangerous. At one time I owned that release on cassette.
Guitarist Steve Stevens is best known for his work with Billy Idol and Vince Neil. What many don’t know is that Stevens is playing the solo on “Smooth Criminal,” included on the Bad album.
Michael is reportedly working on a new album, set for release by the end of this year. Right now, it’s not clear if any famous glam guitarists will collaborate with the once great musical mind.
Here's a video of Slash and Michael Jackson performing together in 1995. As you can see, Slash steals center stage.