Fleetwood Mac legend Christine McVie’s cause of death is a ‘short illness’ according to her family. Her family said, “On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family.
We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie.”
While we just lost Christine McVie, Michael Jackson is another music legend we have lost from the 70’s and 80’s. Michael Jackson has been one of the most popular musicians and performers of all time. ‘Beat It’ remains to be one of the best creations from the ‘King of Pop.’ Ultimate Guitar recently sat with Jennifer Batten, who is a fantastic guitarist, famous for her work with Jackson. She’s also currently on tour with various bands and you can check it all out here.
Michael Jackson guitarist opens up on difficulty while playing ‘Beat It’
The interview noted some of the live videos online that are available on YouTube and Batten was rocking some outrageous costumes. There is one video clip where the guitarist playing “Beat It” solo, and she have these huge horns, lasers, and a bunch of other stuff. V
isually, very impressive. The interviewer assumed that it’s pretty difficult, not just to come out on stage like that, but also play the solo, and play it well, the way it’s supposed to be played. She was then asked about the difficulties of playing the iconic song live.
“Yeah, it was. In fact, ‘Beat it’ was tuned down to low C. I had a guitar specifically for that. That was one of the things — every day he changed the key, because he was dancing, and it was more of a struggle to sing in a higher key. That was a challenge, right there, because I was playing a certain gauge strings all night, and then, for my debut out front, all the sudden I have this Frankenstein guitar that doesn’t feel great. And then, they got the laser lights that were hooked to my head, attached to fiber optics that went, maybe, 100 feet back to the computer operator, and he would change the colors as I walked. Every once in a while, I would walk too far, and get whiplash, so that was a drag. [laughs]
“And the first time I tried it, they turned out the lights, and here I am, trying to play the ‘Beat It’ solo and I cannot see my fretboard, because it’s too dark. And I was hunched over, as far as I possibly could, to hopefully get the right frets. And ever since then, I have been a fan of glow-in-the-dark tape. And I still use it to this day, because if you’re in a theater, the blackouts between songs are treacherous.”