The singer has dedicated "4 Edward", the closing instrumental on "You and Me", to the late guitar great, but it took her a while to get the short, acoustic piece just right.
"Somebody asked me if I would do an instrumental on this album, and I said, 'Yes I will, and I will dedicate it to Edward Van Halen.' Then I immediately said, 'Oh no, what did I just get myself into?!'" Wilson laughed to Billboard.com. "So I had to come up with something worthy to dedicate to Eddie."
"I scanned all my notes on my recorder on my phone and various bits and bobs I had laying around, and I said, 'OK, there's that one part I've used on stage that's never been recorded...,' " she shared. "So that was a blueprint, but it was no easy task."
Van Halen, who was famously gifted a guitar by Wilson early on in his career, died in October 2020, and his close pal will treasure the memories she shared with the tragic rocker.
"[He was] a beautiful soul, a great inspiration... just so much joyfulness," she said. "When you see a picture of him and that smile, it looks like he was getting away with something, like illegal fun."
Wilson released "You and Me" on Friday, May 7.