Fall Out Boy's cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" has got its music video premiered at MTV's TRL on April 29. The video was made because the single's radio release received a good appreciation as it debuted at #19 on Billboard Hot 100. 'Beat It' video was directed by Shane Drake and features cameos by Tony Hale, Hal Sparks and Donald Faison.
Fall Out has already played the song in 2007 during their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards before deciding to record it. For the studio version the band's asked John Mayer to fill in the solo guitar part which on the original track was played by Eddie Van Halen.
Revealing the reason they asked John, in an interview with MTV the band said, " There aren't as many high-profile young ones. And John really is. He's a prolific guitarist. And so I hit him up and asked if he'd want to do it, and he said, 'Yeah.' ... And then he just did it. He's like, 'I'm gonna do it,' and then he e-mailed me five minutes later and was like, 'You wanna hear it?' It was that quick."
The band also told MTV that they never actually planned to record the song saying, "We never really planned this to happen. We started playing it live, and then we figured we'd record it and put it out with our live DVD. And so we put it out, and then radio started playing it, and then it got huge on iTunes. It was on the top 10 there, and so we were like, 'Psssh, I guess it's a single then."
Fall Out Boy's 'Beat It' featuring John Mayer Video Premiere: