Heart’s Nancy Wilson Release Extended Tribute To Eddie Van Halen
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Heart’s Nancy Wilson has released an expanded version of her instrumental tribute to late guitar legend Eddie Van Halen. The original take titled “4 Edward” was featured on her debut solo album, “You And Me”. This extended take, “4 Edward With Love”, is 40 seconds longer than the original.
“We were on tour with [Van Halen] in the eighties, and Eddie told me one night after a show that he didn’t own a single acoustic guitar,” Wilson told Classic Rock magazine earlier this year. “So I took my favourite Ovation and walked it up to his room and handed it to him.”
“At the crack of dawn the next day – obviously he’d been up all night [laughs] – he called my hotel room and he said: ’Hey, I wrote something for you on the guitar you gave me. Check it out!’” she recalled. “He was probably sitting crosslegged on his bed with the receiver of the phone there, and I was just lying there and listening.”
“I painted myself intentionally into the corner by saying I was going to do it,” Wilson admitted to Guitar World in a separate interview. “Because then I had to do it. And it’s a daunting task. It’s like, ‘Oh, hey, you’re just talking about one of the greatest guitarists in history!’ No pressure, you know?”