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May 6th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson; Wayne Lapierre slams Piers Morgan and LL Cool J on racism

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson

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."

  • NRA's Wayne Lapierre slams Piers Morgan

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."

  • LL Cool J and Eddie Van Halen on racism

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."

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  1. EDWARD

    MORGAN IS TOO POLICTICAL AND BIASED TO HIS GUESTS.... HE NEEDS TO GO. HE SEEMS TO THINK HE IS THE CENTER OF ATTRACTION, WHEN IT SHOULD BE THE GUESTS. HE IS BAD.
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    May 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Paul

    Media tortured Michael. An innocent man was constantly under attack. Media, Sneddon destroyed his life and health. Journalists in America – you wronged man in a very cruel way.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Paul

    Media in the United States of America – where is your honor?. Journalists in the United States – where is your honesty?. Michael is dead. Why?. Media – Look in the mirror.

    May 7, 2013 at 5:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Paul

    Michael loved his country. What he received in return?. Blessed memory Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor said Michael was treated like dirt here. Why?. He gave his heart to people. Michael helped children both in his country and in the countries he visited. Media created it entirely false picture. The prosecutor Sneddon and crooks who harassed him not suffered the consequences. Media, cruel media – what do you zrobilście. He was your countryman. He was innocent, good man. Ucziwość and honor requires an apology. In relation to Michael United States violated human rights. Michael was treated inhumanly in his country, which he loved.
    "We are the world, we are the children ...."

    May 7, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Paul

    Media: Be honest. That's it.
    "Heal the world"-MJ.

    May 7, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      You seem to think America is responsible for his death which is ridiculous.He's on Lord-knows-what medication,just like the King,and made a huge error in the Martin Bashir interview in UK talking of sharing beds with children.Society doesn't want to hear that,and he should have second-guessed this.He didn't.The consequences of living in a bubble removed from the world.I wish he was still around too,but it just blew,and that's not America's fault.

      May 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Paul

        Did you know that he suffered from insomnia?. No man could withstand daily attacks. Media deceive people in many things. Michael had vitiligo. Media said of it as a fact confirmed at autopsy after the death of Michael. Too late. What the media did in the past? . Especially the truth about his relationship with the children. Michael was a very good man. Michael loved children . He helped children. The cruelty of the media and people like Sneddon led to the tragedy. Michael Jackson was crucified.

        May 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        Completely innocent man was destroyed in the cruelest way possible. Michael Jackson was treated inhumanly.

        May 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    "we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television" Really? Who needs a Piers Morgan fix? What does he have, 100,000 viewers? Pshaw.

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    go home piers

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