Following the successful release of her 2010 memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Pat Benatar and her lifetime musical partner Neil Giraldo, are on tour. Since Benatar’s debut in the mid-seventies, she has relied on the picking power of lead guitarist Giraldo. Now the pair plan to take the United States by storm in a tour that transports fans back to the hey-day of rock ‘n’ roll. See Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo perform live at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana Wednesday, July 27, 2011. This Indianapolis music event invites baby-boomers and new fans alike to relive the golden days of Benatar.
Born Patricia Mae Andrezejewski in 1953, Benatar broke ground for female musicians and changed the face of rock for women everywhere. Trained classically to sing opera, Pat was set to attend the Julliard School for music. However, she dropped out of college to marry her high school sweetheart, enlisted soldier Dennis Benatar, and moved to an army base in Richmond, Virginia. At the age of nineteen, Benatar was working as a bank teller and awaiting the return of her draftee hubby. However, the whole course of her career changed after she saw a Liza Minnelli concert that inspired her to pursue her dream of singing.
She got her first big break in New York. Upon hearing her perform Judy Garland’s classic “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” at his club Catch a Rising Star, owner Rick Newman offered to manage the singer. Around the same time, Benatar landed a role in Harry Chapin’s futuristic rock musical The Zinger, where she performed alongside Beverly D’Angelo and Christine Lahti.
Benatar continued to play Catch a Rising Star regularly for three years before she signed a record contract. At the same time, she made extra income singing jingles for advertising campaigns. After she headlined New York’s Tramps Night Club for a three day stint, she finally grabbed hold of a record deal with Chrysalis Records.
Benatar first met Neil Giraldo through Chrysalis. He would soon prove to be crucial the formation of her musical identity. Giraldo signed on as the lead guitarist and musical arranger for Benatar’s debut album “In the Heat of the Night.” He helped coach her through rough spots in the studio and became her right hand man in live performances.
With his help, she was nominated for an amazing four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Performance from 1980 to 1983. During the entire decade, she was nominated for the award a total of eight times. She was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Duo or Group. She took home a total of four Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards. Of her twelve studio albums and one compilation disc, two were certified multi-platinum, five were certified platinum and three were certified gold.
Her most prolific hits, “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “We Belong,” are still a part of the American pop consciousness and featured in film and on television. Don’t miss an outstanding evening with eighties rock goddess, Pat Benatar, and her guitarist Neil Giraldo at the Palladium.
Tickets to this Indianapolis event range from $29.00 to $109.00. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Before the show, treat yourself to dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Carmel restaurants. Afterward, recount your favorite moments over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars or Carmel bars. Stay tuned to FunCityFinder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
355 City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032