Extreme’s guitarist Nuno Bettencourt wrote an open letter on Instagram to pay tribute to the late guitar legend Eddie Van Halen and unveiled his very last wish was actually about a Van Halen reunion.
As you may know, a couple of days ago, the devastating news of Eddie Van Halen’s death was announced by his son Wolfgang with a statement he posted on social media. Van Halen’s co-founder and lead guitarist Eddie had been struggling with throat cancer for a long while. Unfortunately, he lost his long and vicious battle with cancer and passed away at the age of 65.
While many musicians and celebrities have been mourning after the tragic loss of Van Halen family, Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt posted an emotional open letter on his Instagram account telling what a unique and amazing mentor Eddie was. Nuno also mentioned how proud Eddie was about his son Wolfgang’s upcoming solo album.
Here’s what Nuno Bettencourt stated in his statement:
“As a kid who’s life was forever altered when the needle dropped on the fade-in of Running With The Devil.
I dreamed that one day I could earn my own stripes.
But those stripes are only and forever Edward’s.
Today, 40 years later, I can only mourn those Stripes.
Once upon a time in Hollywood, recently, while recording the latest Extreme album in my home studio I got a call to come down to the front of my house, that someone is asking for me. I was like, damn that’s annoying as I was in the zone cutting a guitar solo to a new song called Rise. I dropped my guitar and headed down.
I walk out and… I was being summoned by the one and only… Edward.
As usual, I got a warm hug and kiss from Eddie.
Even as a God, he always made you feel important.
He was in great spirits. A proud dad, bragging about how Wolfie’s new solo album is gonna blow minds, etc… What’s cool though, was the last thing Eddie talked about.”
Furthermore, in his letter, Nuno also shared his very last memory with Eddie Van Halen and revealed the iconic guitarist’s dying wish. Apparently, Eddie reached out to Micheal Anthony before his death and he was hoping to gather the original lineup one last time for a final Van Halen tour.
Here’s what Eddie Van Halen stated about his last will:
“He said he was super excited about reaching out to Michael Anthony to finally put the original VH lineup back together. Saying that he wanted to do one final tour and have Van Halen go out the way they came in…Together… Guns Blazing!
Finally, as Eddie said his goodbye, he asked about the new Extreme album that we were recording up in the house. As we hugged, he says: ‘I’ll be back to listen to it when you’re done, and with a sinister raspy laugh, adds ‘it better be good.'”
However, when the coronavirus pandemic occurred, Nuno had to postpone his plans to see Eddie once again to present him with his latest album. He explained how disappointed he was not being able to see the guitar hero again and continued:
“Finished it. Then. Pandemic. Man, I was like a kid, counting the COVID Days down to when I could blare the new Extreme album in the studio, sitting side by side with My Hero, the GOAT, selfishly wanting to play him all the new guitar work that shamelessly, but with pride has his DNA all over my playing. I guess that moment wasn’t meant to be…
It’s incredible how as a young player, your guitar chord, is the umbilical cord that intimately connects you to someone you may never meet, more so than even someone in your own family. At the drop of a needle or the touch of a space bar. They are there for you 24/7.
As Eddie was… and forever will be.
Thank you for shaping who I am today.
Love you, Edward. You are the one.”
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