The first video ever played by M-TV was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles. It’s pretty obvious from the title that it was chosen to make a point. So what was the NEXT song? The first song aired strictly for it’s music video value was “You Better Run,” performed by Pat Benatar!
I went to see her in concert last night, and I’m here to tell you this Rock Goddess hasn’t lost a thing! If this is what it’s like to be in your 60s then I’m ready! She was bold, brash and beautiful. Her voice was dynamic, powerful and soulful. And oh, by the way, she’s 61 years old!!!
And with so many screwed up singers, musicians and celebrities who steal the pop culture spotlight, Benatar deserves some recognition of her own, for what she represents and what she does right.
In fact, the entire reason for this tour is to celebrate 35 of making music with her co-writer, guitar player husband, Neil Giraldo. He is a bad-ass, amp-crankin’, balls to the wall shredder responsible for helping crank out some of the most iconic and greatest hits of our era. Remember all those affairs he was accused of having? All those arrests for being stoned and drunk? No, because they NEVER HAPPENED. In one of the toughest businesses there is to stay together, Pat and Neil have worked together for 35 years. And they’ve been husband and wife for 32 of them!
You probably didn’t know that, because it doesn’t get ratings on TV or sell papers. Don’t you think it should? It should probably make headlines! “Hard Rocking Couple Does it Right!”
This does NOT mean their life has been easy. In fact, it would certainly make for a great movie. All of their ups and downs are detailed in a fascinating autobiography that Pat wrote a few years back called Between a Heart and a Rock Place. Check it out if you get the chance.
This summer, Pat and Neil are touring with our friend Rick Springfield. If they land anywhere near you, go see them live. Both are now in their 60s, something that will never even enter your mind as you watch and listen. If there ever were two great examples of Growing Bolder, it’s Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
Just for fun, here’s an interview I did with them back in 1997!