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Interview:
Benatar/Giraldo at SoundBoard, 5 Things To Know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Amidst the many matches made in musical heaven -- Lennon-McCartney, Bacharach-DAvid, Chuck Berry and his guitar -- Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo certainly rank high.

Creative partners since her 1979 debut album, "In The Heat Of The Night," they've been married for 35 years, with two daughters and bucking the trends of an industry that tears couples apart (just ask, oh, Fleetwood Mac). They've been together for a lucky 13 studio albums -- a half-dozen of them platinum or better -- and 15 Top 40 singles.

Their pace has slowed a bit; The last album, "Go," came out in 2013, but Benatar and Giraldo maintain a regularly touring schedule, both acoustically and with a full band, and in January she released a single, "Shine," written and recorded especially for the Women's March. And, Benatar promises by phone from White Plains, N.Y., there WILL be more to come...

"I don't know how he does it," Benatar, 64, quips about her enduring marriage to Giraldo. But, seriously, folks. "We've got it down now," she says with a laugh. "After all this time it's pretty simple. It's the way we began. It's the only way we know how to do it. It just rolls along; You get into a really good rhythm, which we got into a long time ago, so it's good -- not that it doesn't have its challenges, but we're committed."

Benatar and Giraldo were committed to an "off land" performance the day the Women's March was held on Jan. 21, so "Shine" -- her first original, non-holiday recording in more than a decade -- was her consolation prize, raising money for the B.A. Rudolph Foundation that provides scholarships for young women seeking unpaid internships in public service, politics or the sciences. "It's not enough to just go out there and verbalize how you're feeling about things; It's really important to make a change and do something that isn't just lip service," Benatar says. "We called Linda Perry because we've been trying to work together forever and we just started writing a song, and that's basically it."

There's more where that came from, Benatar says. She's recorded another song, "Crawling Through The Wreckage," for an upcoming documentary, and she and Giraldo "have so much stuff written. It's just that we're working (live) so much it's really impossible to record and work at the same time. I think we did 160 shows last year, so it's nuts. But you still want to record and get the songs out there. It's really frustrating."

To that extent, Benatar and Giraldo plan to curtail their itinerary this year in order to spend more time in the studio. "We're going to cut back a lot so we man make another record," she says. "I don't know if we're going to do an EP or a full (album). We just told management and the (booking) agent, 'That's it! We're not going to do this ridiculous amount of live shows this year. We're jsut going to stay home and record these songs and wherever they go they go. You have to get 'em out."

The proverbial apple doesn't fall far from the tree at home. Benatar reports that their 23-year-old younger daughter is "a brilliant songwriter and a singer and musicians. She's made like (Giraldo); They are cut from the same cloth. That child walks in a room and she's a tornado. YOu have to hold onto something when she walks in 'cause she sucks the air out of the room, she's so vibrant and crazy talented like he is. So It's interesting to be with both of them at the same time. I'm the wrangler; I like bringing them to earth so people can understand what they're talking about."

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12

SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $45-$60.

Call 1-866-782-9622 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.




Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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