She sings the songs, and he plays them. Along the way, the union of Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo has become one of the most successful in music history, and their legacy continues to be celebrated across the globe. The couple is kicking off their 35th Anniversary Tour on April 10 in Jackson, California. Cities listed among the North American concert series include Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Albany, Hampton Beach, Nashville, Orlando, Durham, and many more.
The rock duo’s exceptional journey began with their debut album, In The Heat of The Night. They would soon grace the cover of Rolling Stone, and make history with the hit single “You Better Run,” which gave them the distinction of being the first female vocalist and the first guitar player featured on MTV. In 1981, Giraldo began co-producing the pair’s recording sessions, starting with Precious Time. By the end of 1982, they were married in a Hawaiian ceremony.
“Thirty-five years ago, “Heartbreaker” was the catalyst for it all,” says Pat Benatar. “It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed. We’re excited to be celebrating this personal and musical milestone. The tour should be an incredible, shared experience with the audience.”
“From the very beginning our chemistry was undeniable,” remarks Neil Giraldo. “This is the driving force behind everything we do. After 35 years of playing together, we’re looking forward to the spring and summer leg of the tour and the future, which will surely be adventurous.
Benatar and Giraldo’s collection of hits include “We Belong,” “Promises In The Dark,” “Hell Is For Children,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” and “Heartbreaker.” The duo has scored two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, and three RIAA-certified Gold albums during their storied career. Benatar, a four-time Grammy Award winner, has three American Music Awards. Together, Benatar and Giraldo, have 19 Top 40 singles and multiple Top 10 singles. Neil Giraldo’s impressive back catalog includes more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar along with hits he helped create for John Waite, Rick Springfield and Kenny Loggins, Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and countless other artists. The renowned multi-instrumentalist has been featured in various publications, including Guitar World, Gold Mine and Guitar Aficionado as one of the most talented rock musicians of all-time.
In addition to this year’s concert tour, fans will also be able to enjoy the couple’s much-anticipated CD/DVD package, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour, featuring 14 of their greatest hits, including “All Fired Up,” “We Live For Love,” and “Invincible.”
For more information, visit: www.benatargiraldo.com.
35th Anniversary Tour Schedule (more dates to come)
April 10 – Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino
April 11 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
April 14 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
April 16 – Bakersfield, CA @ Fox Theater
April 17 – Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre
April 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
April 21 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
April 22 – St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
April 24 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Rocksino
April 26 – Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
April 28 – Zanesville, OH @ Secrest Auditorium
April 29 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre @ The Egg
May 01 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 02 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
May 03 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Auditorium
May 05 – New Bedford, MA @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 06 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
May 08 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
May 09 – Ocean City, MD @ Springfest
May 10 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 15 – Richardson, TX @ Wildflower Festival
May 16 – Baton Rouge, LA @ L’Auberge Baton Rouge
May 19 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ The Mahaffey
May 21 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Jun 30 – Newport News, VA @ CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts
July 01 – Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre