Heart’s Nancy Wilson will include a song dedicated to Eddie Van Halen on her upcoming solo album.
“I have an instrumental song on this album called ‘4 Edward’, which is dedicated to Eddie Van Halen,” Wilson told Hawaii Public Radio.
Wilson said the song was inspired by a story that took place when Heart toured alongside Van Halen.
“When we were touring with those guys in the ’80s, he was, like, ‘I like how you play that acoustic.’ And I said, ‘Well, why don’t you play more acoustic?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I don’t have an acoustic.’ And I said, ‘You don’t have an acoustic? What?’ And so I went and got him one out of my stash and I gave it to him.
“Early the next morning, in the hotel, back when people would ring your room, he rang my room and he played for me this beautiful piece of acoustic guitar instrumental music on the phone,” continued Wilson. “I was so touched, and it was so beautiful, it was one of the prettiest things I’d ever heard. So I tried to return the favor by making a beautiful little tribute to him.”
Wilson’s first solo album titled “You And Me” is tentatively due in April via Carry On Music. It will feature guest musicians including an appearance by Sammy Hagar.
You can hear Wilson’s interview below: