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On Friday evening, Piers Morgan welcomed legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen to the program. Ranked at the top of "Rolling Stone" magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists," the musician and leader of his eponymously named band spoke about his work with another legendary musician, the late Michael Jackson.
In the early 80s, Jackson invited Van Halen to play on his single "Beat It," but because of Van Halen's policy with his band mates he was unable to take financial credit for his contribution.
"Honest to God truth, the band's policy was, you know, we don't do things outside of the band at the time, and everybody was out of town so I had no one to ask," explained Van Halen. "I swear to God, I figured who's going to know if I play on this black kid's record."
Van Halen also shared his memory of Jackson as a person away from the music. "He was a sweet guy is all I know," he said. "Accused of a lot of things. He was just I think, you know, he wanted to remain a kid himself."
The NRA's executive vice president, Wayne Lapierre, took aim at the "Piers Morgan Live" host earlier in the day Friday during a speech at NRA-ILA Leadership forum.
"President [Barack] Obama or Michael Bloomberg or some other official trots out on national television to scold and shame us, suggesting that there's something wrong with law-abiding people who want to own firearms," said Lapierre. "And then what happens - all the Piers Morgans, Lawrence O'Donnells and Rachel Maddows, they pound the message over and over again.
To which Morgan responded during his program, "That's right, Mr. LaPierre. I will continue to pound that message and continue to show shocking footage until people like you realize the damage that guns are doing to Americans every day."
Also on Friday, superstar rapper and actor LL Cool J talked about themes in his new song, "Accidental Racist" which included the issue of racism and bias based on a person's choice of dress and presentation.
"When you look at what happened with a kid like Trayvon Martin, you look at the kids that are arrested every day and thrown in prison for no reason, harassed by police for no reason other than the fact that their clothing is the way it is," said LL Cool J. "I was saying, don't judge a book by its cover."