MJ and Musical Instruments
"Michael was interested in history, and smitten by the intricacies of Irish music. One night we ended up in the studio. Michael was on the drums, I was playing guitar and [American producer] Nephew was on the keyboards and we just started getting a rhythm together, and slowly but surely Nephew just creeped the song in to 'Billie Jean'. It was just mad playing 'Billie Jean' with Michael Jackson – I never thought I'd do that."
Paddy Dunning about Michael´s stay in Ireland in 2006-2007
"Because I play guitar a little, I showed him (MJ) how to play some easy chords on my acoustic guitar. He had always admired people who could play musical instruments and had often fantasized about being the lead guitarist in a rock band.
Michael R. Thomas, Michael Jackson's Make-Up Artist for "The Wiz"
“Michael plays piano on it, and it’s just beautiful.”
Bruce Swedien about the song Don’t Be Messin’ Around
"Once he went on his knees and started playing piano in the barn. He played a few notes then began singing. It was a love song and sounded really good and he had actually written it right there in front of me. It was amazing to watch, it took him about 6 minutes. When he got up I said did you just write that? He said ´yeah, but I have forgotten it already´. Then he started looking for something else to do. No matter what his problems are, the man is a complete genius."
Pepsi commercial - piano version with I´ll Be There
HIStory album (and Invincible as well)
Michael Jackson playing piano at home in 1998
(from 1:00 min)
"What was amazing for me was discovering just how incredible Michael was at playing any instrument. He´d sit at the piano and play the Beatles song for us to sing along to, or get on the drums, or play guitar."
Paddy Dunning, owner of a state-art-of-studio, where MJ spent some time while in Ireland in 2006-2007