Pat Benatar Biography
Pat Benatar is a certified rock'n'roll superstar, a four-time Grammy winner with six platinum and four gold albums to her credit as well as such hit singles as "I Need A Lover," "Heartbreaker," "Fire and Ice," "Treat Me Right," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Hell Is For Children," "Shadows of the Night," and "Love Is A Battlefield." Long acknowledged as one of the leading female rock vocalists in the industry, Benatar will be embarking on her first live concert dates in over two years before going into the studio to record her first album since '93's Gravity's Rainbow.
After capturing industry ears with her showcases at New York's Catch A Rising Star, Benatar signed to Chrysalis Records and released the million selling "In The Heat of the Night" in 1979, followed by the multi-platinum "Crimes of Passion" a year later. From 1980-83, she captured an unprecedented four straight Grammys in the category "Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female" for the Top Five album "Crimes of Passion" ('80) and the hit singles "Fire and Ice" ('81), "Shadows of the Night" ('82) and "Love Is A Battlefield" ('83). With the latter, she emerged as one of the leading stars of the emerging music video scene with a Bob Giraidi-directed clip which proved to be an MTV mainstay.
She followed with the most successful album of her career in "Precious Time" ('81), which topped the U.S. charts. Platinum records "Get Nervous" ('82), "Live From Earth" ('83) and "Tropico" ('84)-came next, succeeded by gold records "Seven The Hard Way" ('84) -- which featured "Invincible," the theme from the hit movie Legend of Billie Jean, starring Helen Slater -- "Wide Awake In Dreamland" ('88), "Best Shots" ('89) and "True Love" ('91), her critically-acclaimed blues album which had her covering B.B. King's "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss." The record was a labor of love for Benatar and husband/producer/long-time collaborator Neil Giraldo and proved the rock vocalist was equally adept at belting out the blues. In addition, Pat has been an active participant in numerous charity and fund-raising events, including Artists United Against Apartheid in 1985, and recorded a version of "Please Come Home For Christmas" in 1990 especially for the Desert Storm coalition troops who served in the Mideast during the Gul
Benatar and Giraldo have been a working couple since Neil penned the song, 'We Live For Love" from her debut album "In The Heat of the Night", and has continued to wear many different hats, including producer, guitarist, and songwriter as well as soulmate. "Musically, we're still in touch with each other. We like to play together," says Pat. "It's who's cooking dinner tonight that's the problem."
In 1985, Pat and Neil became the proud parents of a baby girl, Haley, but Benatar continued to record and tour right up until '93, when she was forced to come off the road after the release of "Gravity's Rainbow" to give birth to her second daughter, Hana. Benatar began to concentrate on her writing, which lead to more than two dozen new songs. Around the same time, she decided to leave the only label she'd ever recorded for, Chrysalis.
Finding herself free of any ties fueled her creative instincts. "It's like starting over," she admits. "It's pretty liberating, though, like getting another chance, a new lease on life."
Pat Benatar has always been best in a live situation and two recent concert tours have given a whole new generation of fans a chance to see one of the great rock belters of all time. As well as someone who's been a real influence on the latest crop of female Riot Grrrl rockers.
"It's great," beams Pat. "Whatever form it takes from generation to generation, people are still feeling it."
Don't let Pat Benatar's humility fool you. Despite two kids and a career going on 18 years, she still feels it, and all you need to do is hear that classic voice and you'll feel it, too.
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Top Dog! | Reviewer: Nermal | 10/25/14
Pat Benatar's music has been in my life since "In the Heat of the Night" came out. The words of just about all of her songs have fit in situations I have been through. It really isn't hard to relate to her lyrics. What I get out of it, Pat's lyrics reflect what is going on in her life with Neil. I have my favorite songs out of ALL her albums, however, if I had to choose just one to be top dog favorite, I think I would choose the song "You and I". I have someone that this song fits so well that I can't help but think about him every time I play it.
Pat Benatar in Fine Form | Reviewer: Mike | 8/18/09
I first saw Pat Benatar in Chicago at the then Rosemont Horizon in 1982 and she brought down the house. Fast-forward to August 17, 2009 at Ravinia,an outside venue north of the city in surburban Highland Park and Benatar and husband Neil Geraldo brought down the house.
Celebrating 30 years of producing rock 'N Roll, Benatar was in fine vocal form. Poasitioned as second billing to Blondie, Benatar won the crowd delivering one hit after another. Nicknamed Spyder, Neil Geraldo was also on top of his game and never missed a riff, although I think his guitar could have been amplified more.
I've always been impressed with Benatar's music. Vocally strong and hard driving or reflective, here's an artist that deserves a place in the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame! Rock On!!
An icon for the old and new generations! | Reviewer: Paulieboysd | 7/26/08
Pat Benatar's longevity owes itself to a number of things. Her vocal range from high, lilting melodies to her signature gritty, in-your-effin-face rock is unequalled even today.
She has also been blessed to have an amazing band headed by her husband Neil Giraldo who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest, most creative minds in music today. Giraldo's ripping, all-over-the-neck lead guitar riffs rival any guitarist I can think of even in the metal laden era of the '80's.
The fact that she is also a humble, regular person, I think has kept her grounded and has helped her roll with all punches that come with the tumultuous world of rock. Years after I laid in front of my stereo console listening to Crimes of Passion (the first album of hers I bought), I still marvel at the voice, the guitar, the music.
Rock on Pat!
Goddess Of Rock | Reviewer: Steph | 11/1/07
she is the greatest female singer of all time. for those of you who happen to own her greatest hits album inside of the album it has comments from other female singers and how they all wore spandex singer along to pat benatar records. she was a very big influence in the rock world for women.
+ enquiry + | Reviewer: KB | 5/4/07
Undoubtebly one of THE greatest of all time !
When is Pat touring Australia next ! ?
Awesome Lady , great music ! Top 5 greatest female rockers ! Gee I wish I could marry her :-)
I Love Pat Benatar | Reviewer: Tom | 8/19/04
Pat Benatar is without a doubt the greatest female artist of all time right alongside with such legends as Grace Slick, Madonna, and Cindy Lauper. Not only are her music and lyrics wonderful, she is full of sheer energy and excitement, from her performances to her fashion style from the past and present.
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