HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (January 20, 2015) – Rock powerhouse Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo will hit South Florida with their best shot, signature sound and classic hits at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m. in celebration of their 35th Anniversary Tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 23 at 10 a.m. Fans will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, January 22 at 10 a.m. through Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.
Always a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer, Pat Benatar remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record. Now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bonafide living legend.
Songs like “Love is a Battlefield”, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, “Heartbreaker”, “Promises in the Dark” and “We Belong” are as unforgettable, now, as they were at the dawn of MTV when Pat emerged, fearless, fighting and forging a path for other female rock stars around the world.
Long Island-native Patricia Andrzejewski began singing in elementary school and never stopped. Married at 19, Benatar moonlighted in clubs and the cabaret circuit before being discovered in 1977 at the famous Catch a Rising Star. In 1979, she was introduced to a fiery and inspired guitarist and multi-instrumentalist named Neil Giraldo (whom the singer would later marry). With his innovative arrangement and production skills, the renowned Benatar sound was created.
Giraldo and Benatar’s vision merged explosively on her debut album, 1979’s In the Heat of the Night, which spawned the Top 40 hits “Heartbreaker” and “We Live for Love” that propelled the album to platinum status. Her Grammy winning sophomore effort, 1980’s Crimes of Passion, gave Benatar her first Top 10 hit, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” and “You Better Run,” the second ever video to air on MTV.
A string of hit albums followed including the double-platinum, Grammy winning Precious Time (1981), Get Nervous (1982) and its Grammy hit “Shadows of the Night,” Live from Earth (1983) boasting the gold Grammy winner “Love is a Battlefield,” Tropico (1984), Seven the Hard Way (1985) and Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988).
In the ‘90s, Benatar opted to shift musical gears and issued an album of blues and R&B entitled True Love (1991). Subsequent albums included Gravity’s Rainbow (1993) and Innamorata (1997). Since then, several live archival releases and countless hits collections filled the gap until 2003’s Go, a “contemporary guitar-driven record.”
After being inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame in 2008, Benatar released her autobiography, Between a Rock and a Heart Place, which allowed the world a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of one of the most beloved female rock icons of all time.
Neil “Spyder” James Giraldo has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades, now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, PatBenatar. More than just an explosive steel-bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound from its inception.
His impressive back catalog includes more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, as well as many hits he helped create for John Waite, Rick Springfield (#1 Grammy winning classic “Jessie’s Girl” and Top 10 hit “I’ve Done Everything For You,” included), Kenny Loggins (Top 20 hit “Don’t Fight It” also Grammy nominated), Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and countless others
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Giraldo picked-up guitar at age six and soon followed in the path of his influences – The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and other 1960s greats. The budding guitar wizard also learned piano and drums learning the complexities of rhythm that would set the stage for Pat Benatar’s biggest hits like “Love is a Battlefield” and “We Belong” and give them their truly unique identity.
With his dynamic career in full swing, Giraldo is in the process of completing two books – an autobiographical novel and a coffee table book – as well as performing in a new band project. He is also expanding his Bel Chiassoentertainment company which develops TV and film projects. Additionally, he has opened his vault of unreleased tracks with a goal of completing and releasing them with Benatar and other artists in the coming months.
Pat Benatar is acknowledged as the leading female rock vocalist of the ‘80s – a feat marked by her unprecedented winning of four consecutive Grammy Awards between 1980 and 1983, as well as three American Music Awards – butBenatar and Giraldo remain a rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse, today, selling out concerts and still wowing audiences after over three decades in music, together. Theirs is a chemistry that will, undoubtedly, be thrilling music lovers forever.
Tickets cost $49, $39 & $29.* all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.