Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
Pat Benatar: she’s always been a rule breaker and a trailblazer, she remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bona fide living legend.
A four-time GRAMMY® award-winner, Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s, Benatar had multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, along with an incredible 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Love Is a Battlefield", "We Belong" and "Invincible."During MTV’s early days she was one of the most heavily played artists on the popular music channel and Benatar’s hits continue to be as unforgettable now as they were when she emerged, fearless, fighting and forging a path for other female rock stars around the world.
In the spring of 1979, producer and writer, Mike Chapman, introduced Benatar to Neil Giraldo, an up-and-coming guitarist (whom she would later marry). In Giraldo, Benatar found someone as strong as her, someone who could match the same fire power, someone who could inspire her, while being inspired by her. Their connection was instantaneous. It was indeed, a perfect fit.
Of the ten GRAMMY Award ceremonies in the 1980s, Benatar was nominated nine times; for “We Belong” and "Invincible" in 1984, "Sex as a Weapon" in 1986, "All Fired Up" in 1988 and in 1989 for "Let's Stay Together". She won an unprecedented four consecutive GRAMMY Awards for Best Female Rock Performance from 1980 to 1983 for her second LP, Crimes of Passion, and the songs "Fire and Ice", "Shadows of the Night", and "Love Is a Battlefield".
After being inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame in 2008, Benatar released her long-awaited autobiography in 2010, the appropriately-titled Between a Heart and a Rock Place, which allowed the world a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of one of the most beloved female rock ‘n’ roll icons of all time. And today, Giraldo’s career is as dynamic as ever, as he is in the process of completing two books, as well performing in a new band project and expanding his television and film development company. In addition, he has also opened up his large vault of unreleased, unfinished songs and will be completing and releasing various new tracks with Benatar, as well as with other artists, in the coming months.
Pat Benatar is acknowledged as the leading female rock vocalist of the ’80s—a feat marked by her unprecedented winning of four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, as well as three American Music Awards—but Benatar and Giraldo remain a rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse today, selling out concerts and still wowing audiences after over three decades in music together. Theirs is a chemistry that will, undoubtedly, be thrilling music lovers forever.
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