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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen Interviewed By Smithsonian
Smithsonianmagazine recently conducted an interview withEddie Van Halenabout the legendaryVan Halenaxeman's decision to donate his guitar, theFrank 2, to theNational Museum of American History. When asked which of his past musical collaborations stands out his favorite, Eddiesaid, "Michael Jackson's'Beat It'is a stand out for me. (Producer) Quincy Jonescalled me up and asked me to play on it. When I got there, it took me 15 minutes to rearrange the song and I played two solos and told them they could pick the one they liked best. ThenMichaelwalked in and said, 'Wow! I really like that high fast stuff you do.' It was a lot of fun to do. It's crazy that something could take such a short amount of time and can grow into something beyond anything you could ever imagine." Read the entire interview fromSmithsonianmagazine. Van Halenis reportedly mixing its long-awaited new album for a fall release, which is when the band is also expected to hit the road in support of the effort. Van Halenstaged a successful reunion tour withRothin 2007 and 2008, with rumors of a new album persisting since then. The group began recording in January with producerJohn Shanks. Van Halen's last full album,"Van Halen III", came out in 1998 and featured the only appearance of ExremesingerGary Cheroneas lead vocalist.