Eddie Van Halen once asked Michael Jackson guitarist Jennifer Batten to teach him the Beat It solo

Jennifer Batten on playing Eddie Van Halen's Beat It solo
(Image credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage / Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

Guitar World’s massive Eddie Van Halen memorial issue is out on newsstands now, and among the many tributes to the electric guitar master are several from six-string peers and acolytes, including Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Adam Jones and Yngwie Malmsteen.

One player who offers some unique insight into Eddie is Jennifer Batten, who, as Michael Jackson’s guitarist in the '80s and early '90s, spent years playing Eddie’s famous Beat It solo on stages all over the world.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.