Benatar, Giraldo to play unplugged versions of hits
As one of the key duos of the MTV era, singer Pat Benatar and guitarist Neil Giraldo crafted a mix of harder rock and effervescent pop on a series of big hits. Among Benatar’s best known songs are four top 10 hits: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Invincible.”
This tour is being advertised as a “very intimate acoustic evening,” so expect unplugged versions of those Benatar hits and more, including songs like “All Fired Up,” “Shadows of the Night” and her first hit, “Heartbreaker” in 1979.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Benatar sang in musicals from elementary school onward. Club work led to a contract with Chrysalis Records in the late ’70s. Giraldo was in Benatar’s band and married the singer in 1982. The duo’s biggest heyday was in the early ’80s with three straight top five albums, including a No. 1 for “Precious Time” in 1981.
Giraldo also played and wrote music for other artists than Benatar, including Rick Springfield — it’s his guitar solo that powers the bridge of the No. 1 hit “Jessie’s Girl.” The guitarist has also worked with John Waite, Kenny Loggins and Beth Hart.
At the turn of the ’90s, Benatar and Giraldo messed with the pop-rock formula. First was a blues record called “True Love” in 1991, followed by a more experimental rock album called “Gravity’s Rainbow” in 1993. Since that time, there have only been two Benatar albums and she and Giraldo have since concentrated on a lot of road work. One of their biggest tours in recent years was in 2014 and 2015, when Benatar and Giraldo celebrated their 35th anniversary as pro musicians.
Their latest song was released online in January and is called “Shine.” The duo’s first new song in more than a decade, “Shine” is Benatar’s tribute and support to the recent Women’s March on Washington.