Nancy Wilson & Eddie Van Halen’s friendship is well known to fans.
In a new interview with Dave Lawrence of Hawaii Public Radio, Nancy talked about paying tribute to Eddie Van Halen with a new song.
“I have an instrumental song on this album called ‘For Edward’, which is dedicated to Eddie Van Halen, obviously.”
Here’s the story behind it:
“Because it’s a story about I was the first one to ever give him an acoustic guitar. When we were touring with those guys [VAN HALEN] 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 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.”