Pat Benatar rocks Raleigh crowd with hits

Reviewed by Clay DeSouza
Times-News correspondent

RALEIGH — On a muggy Sunday night in Raleigh, three ’80s rock stars lit up the stage and the crowd as Rick Springfield, Neil Giraldo and the legendary Pat Benatar rocked out their classic hits to fairly packed crowd at Red Hat Amphitheater.
“This is the part of the show where we sit down because we’re oldddd.” exclaimed Benatar during the middle of her set. She and her guitarist husband Giraldo are on their 35th anniversary tour and are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary.
   The pair seemed to have a mixed group of fans, including older folks who followed them in the beginning, children who like listening to their parents’ music, and a group in between.
The show included at least two songs from each of their 16 albums, some “experiments,” such as early hit “You Better Run,” which Benatar said may not even be performed at future shows.
The set began with a video tribute to the power couple as well as discussing their humble beginnings in New York. Benatar told the story of how she knew she became a “hit” when, while staying at a cheap motel back in 1981, her manager had announced to her that her video for the song “You Better Run” that was shot a few weeks before was the 2nd video played ever on the brand new MTV channel.
Other songs performed included “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Hell Is for Children,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Treat Me Right.” The musical couple ended the night with their personal favorite “Heartbreaker,” which, they explained, “is what started it all.”
Earlier in the night, Springfield who also performed man of his hits, including the ’80s hits “Jessie’s Girl” and “Kristina.”


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