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Interview:
Pat Benatar Enjoying Liberation From Music "Machine"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Love may be a battlefield, but Pat Benatar figures music doesn’t have to be.

The veteran rock singer — known for hits such as “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Hell is for Children,” “Promises in the Dark” and “Love is a Battlefield” — enjoys the ability to simply go out and tour these days, liberated from the demands of record companies and radio programmers.

“It’s better than it ever was,” says Benatar, who was born Patricia Mae Andrazejewski in Brooklyn and has been collaborating with her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo, for nearly 30 years. “It’s not like having to be out there promoting a record and all the hoopla that goes along with doing that. It’s so controllable now.

“Truthfully, if anyone would’ve told me I’d be almost 55 years old and still doing this, I would’ve laughed in their face. But it goes full circle, really; you end up doing exactly what you started out doing, playing live, which was always the attraction for me.”

That isn’t all Benatar is up to, however. Later this year, she and Giraldo are planning to record and album of acoustic versions of their songs for release in 2008. They recently wrote a song called “Passion” for a Jell-O commercial, and she’s been working on an autobiography she says will focus on “what the world was like when women were emerging on the rock scene and all the sexism and everything.”

“I was never anybody’s boy toy,” says Benatar, who has two daughters — burgeoning actress Haley, 22, and Hana, 13 — with Giraldo. “That was not my thing. I was doing this for me and for all of us. This was not about being attractive to men; it was about power and just freedom, for me. That’s something else altogether.”



Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (August 3rd) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or www.palace net.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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