According to the VAN HALEN fan site Van Halen News Desk, the band’s guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, will guest on one track on hip hop legend LL Cool J‘s upcoming album, “Authentic”, due out on April 30. The news was revealed by LL Cool J himself at a concert he performed at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. He announced that his album features several musical guests, including Eddie Van Halen (specifically on track 12), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) and Snoop Dogg.
The Van Halen News Desk adds: “A tracklist for the album was released last month that lists track 12 as titled ‘Getting Paper’. However, that tracklist might be outdated. In any case, it shouldn’t be long before more info on the track featuring Eddie becomes available.”
Eddie Van Halen famously made a guest appeance on Michael Jackson‘s masterpiece album, “Thriller”. He was a surprise guest on “Beat It”, the LP’s third single. According to CNN, his blazing guitar solo lasted all of 20 seconds and took half an hour to record. He did it for free, as a favor to producer Quincy Jones, while the rest of his VAN HALEN bandmates were out of town.
“I said to myself, ‘Who is going to know that I played on this kid’s record, right? Nobody’s going to find out.’ Wrong!” Eddie recalled in a 2012 interview with CNN. “Big-time wrong. It ended up being Record Of The Year.”
VAN HALEN will close out the annual Rock USA festival, scheduled for July 17 through July 20 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.