Nancy Wilson Recalls The Phone Call She Received From Eddie Van Halen
During a recent appearance on Talk Is Jericho, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson talked about the time when the iconic Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen called her.
Eddie Van Halen is considered one of the best guitarists of all time. Unfortunately, he had been dealing with lots of health problems in his life, including cancer. Back on October 6, 2020, the iconic guitarist lost his battle against cancer and passed away at the age of 65.
Speaking to Talk Is Jericho, Heart’s guitarist Nancy Wilson recalled the time when they were touring with Van Halen back in the days. She then revealed that one time Eddie told her backstage that he really liked the way they played the acoustic.
Moreover, Nancy suggested Eddie do the same, which got turned down by Eddie due to not having an acoustic guitar. Therefore, Nancy presented one of her own acoustic guitars to Eddie.
The next day, Eddie called out to Nancy to say he had just written a new song with the acoustic guitar. He then stated he wants to play it on the phone for her. Because of this kind gesture, she stated that she wanted to pay her respect back to the late guitarist.
For her brand new record, ‘You And Me,’ Nancy wrote a song in honor of Eddie, named ‘4 Edward.’ By this way, Nancy turned Eddie’s kind gesture back and showed her gratitude for the legendary guitarist.
Nancy Wilson talked about the story of ‘4 Edward’ song:
“We were in the roaring ’80s, we were on the road with Van Halen a few times, and staying in the same hotels and stuff. One time backstage he said, ‘I really like the way you play the acoustic.’
And I was like, ‘Wow, coming from you… You should play more acoustic, why don’t you play more acoustic?‘ And he says, ‘Well, I don’t really have one.’ ‘That’s impossible, you have to have one! I have one for you, and I’m giving it to you right now.’
Then you fast-forward to the next morning, my phone rings in my room; it’s Eddie, and he’s like, ‘Oh my god, I wrote something, and I want to play it for you on the phone.'”
“So he proceeds to play me this gorgeous piece of acoustic guitar, almost like a little classical with some rock, and he’s like, ‘Wow, oh my god, thank you so much!’
Later the next day, I said, ‘Well, thank you so much for writing that thing, that was really gorgeous.’ And he was like, ‘What was it again…?’
He might’ve been just a little bit partied out, but hopefully, he remembered it, he recorded it or something. Anyway, that was my little tribute to his gesture of doing an acoustic instrumental for me.”
You can check out the full interview below.