By Chuck Arnold Sara Hammel Lesley Messer
February 22, 2010 12:00 PM

>• Michael Jackson’s This Is It guitarist, 25, has a solo hit with “According to You.”

ON TAKING UP GUITAR

I picked one up when I was 6. Something was really familiar about it. I just got it. It was my dad’s, but he’s left-handed, so we restrung it and he taught me.

ON GETTING THE MJ GIG

They reached out to me through MySpace to come and audition. I didn’t think it was real. I thought this was a crazy guy saying, “I’m working with Michael Jackson.” But I went, played the “Beat It” solo for Michael, and he hired me.

ON JACKSON’S DEATH

I was devastated. I just cried. He was with us the night before and was full of energy. It didn’t appear anything was wrong. It was really hard [when playing at the memorial] to look out and see his family in the front row.

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