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Pat Benatar Keeps Hitting Us With Her Best Shot

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Pat Benatar once sang about how “Love is a Battlefi eld.” But at this point, she notes, so is the music industry. “Making records is great,” says the veteran rocker, “and I understand the whole process of that and I like it. But there’s no point doing that when it’s not gonna be beneficial, anyway. Right now, people like us, in our age group and our genre, don’t get played on the radio, so ... what’s the point?”

That said, Benatar, 55, and her husband, guitarist and co-writer Neil Giraldo, have been working on an album of acoustic versions of her hits. “We make records for ourselves now,” she says, “which is nice, and you have a whole other way to sell them with the Internet and everything.” But while they’re finishing that, she’s also releasing “Ultimate Collection,” a two-CD set of hits, including “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Heartbreaker,” “Invincible” and “We Belong.”

But mostly, Benatar says, she’s a live act these days — and fully content that’s the case.

“It goes full circle, and you end up doing exactly what you started out doing, playing live, which for me is always the attraction,” says Benatar, who’s also writing a memoir. “At this point, we’re not interested in being part of the big machine and promoting a record and all the hoopla that goes with doing that.

“Now we control pretty much anything that happens. We’re independent, and we really enjoy that. It’s much nicer, actually.”

Pat Benatar opens the 2008 Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series at 8 p.m. Friday (June 27) on the RiverWalk behind the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Admission is free. Call (313) 567-3126 or visit www.gmrencen.com.

Web Site: www.gmrencen.com

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