Beat it to be released August 29

John 5 is to release the first single from his album God Told Me To on August 29.

The track, Beat It, is an instrumental cover of the Michael Jackson classic.

The track is released on what would have been Michael Jackson’s 53rd birthday.  Jackson died prematurely in 2009 following a long career which started at an early age with his siblings in The Jackson Five, before a successful solo career in his adult life.  Beat It was a track from Jackson’s critically acclaimed album Thriller and was released as a single in 1983.  The original single featured a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen.

John 5 had performed the track as part of the Rob Zombie tour, “Halloween Hootenanny”.  You can see an amateur fan video below of John 5 performing it live.

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The track will be available from iTunes.