Touring this summer with his League of Gentleman and L.A. Guns, guitarist Tracii Guns paused to remember Michael Jackson. Tracii has a special bond with the King of Pop – he was a backup dancer in the "Beat It" video when he was just 17.

"The Jackson 5 was my first concert at the L.A. Forum on the 'Dancing Machine' tour," Guns recalls exclusively to Noisecreep. "Michael had a huge impact on my musicality... he was the real deal and I am sad for his family and fans."

Jackson passed away Thursday at the age of 50.

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