The guitarist and backing vocalist of Heart, Nancy Wilson, recently talked about the first time she met Eddie Van Halen and announced the release of the single dedicated to the late rockstar from her upcoming debut album ‘You and Me.’
As you know, Nancy Wilson started climbing the ladder of fame in the ’70s when she joined Heart, which is known as the first hard rock band fronted by women. The band has released sixteen studio albums, the most recent being ‘Beautiful Broken’ in 2016. However, Nancy Wilson had never released a solo studio album to this day.
Recently, she announced that she’s decided to release her debut studio album ‘You and Me‘ on May 7 through Carry On Music. The album will feature eight original tracks and covers of Pearl Jam’s ‘Daughter,’ Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer,’ Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Rising’ and the Cranberries’ ‘Dreams.’
Nancy Wilson also recently released a tribute for Eddie named ‘4 Edward‘ and during her interview, she explained why she decided to do something like this. Apparently, Wilson was the ‘first one to ever give him an acoustic guitar.’ When they met Eddie told Nancy that he really appreciated how she plays acoustic.
Following that, Nancy advised him to try it out too, but to her surprise, Eddie said that he doesn’t own an acoustic guitar. Thus, Nancy decided to give him one from her stash, and the next morning, Eddie called her hotel room and played for her ‘this beautiful piece of acoustic guitar instrumental music on the phone.’ She said that she was really touched by his gesture and she decided to ‘return the favor by making a beautiful tribute to him.’
Here’s what Nancy Wilson said about her interaction with Eddie Van Halen:
“I was the first one to ever give him an acoustic guitar. 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. And early the next morning, in the hotels, 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.
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.”
Click here for the source and you can listen to Nancy Wilson’s ‘4 Edward‘ below.