BENATAR BAND Members
BENATAR: Lead Vocals
NEIL T. GIRALDO: Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals
RAY BRINKER: Drums/Percussion/Vocals
MICK MAHAN: Bass Guitar/Vocals
CINDY O'CONNOR: Keyboards/Vocals
Height: 5 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 95 lb
Born: Patricia Andrzejewski January 10, 1953 Greenpoint, Brooklyn,
Raised in Lindenhurst, Long Island
High School: Lindenhurst High Graduated 1971
Husband: Neil Giraldo
Married: Hana, Maui February 20, 1982
Haley Egeana February 16, 1985
Hana Juliana March 12, 1994
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.
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.
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 Gulf War.
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."
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.
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."
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
great," beams Pat. "Whatever form it takes from generation
to generation, people are still feeling it."
let Pat Benatar's humility fool you. Despite two kids and a career
going on 22 years, she still feels it, and all you need to do
is hear that classic voice and you'll feel it, too.
Overview of Pat's Musical Career
-- Pat Benatar is discovered by Chrysalis Records' talent scouts
while singing in cabaret at New York's Catch A Rising Star club.
She is immediately signed by the label. During this same year,
she recruits Neil Giraldo (ex-Derringer), who assembles a backing
band for the recording of Benatar's debut album, In The Heat of
-- In The Heat of the Night reaches #12 on the U.S. charts, with
her first single, "Heartbreaker," reaching #23. The
album attains multi-platinum status. Two subsequent singles --
the Neil Giraldo- penned, "We Live For Love," and "You
Better Run" (a song originally done by The Young Rascals
in 1966) -- also escalated up the charts.
In August, Benatar released her second album, Crimes of Passion
produced by Keith Olsen. Shortly thereafter, the single, "Hit
Me With Your Best Shot," reaches #9 on the charts, and becomes
-- Crimes of Passion hits #2 early in the year, and Pat is recognized
by garnering her first Grammy for the "Best Rock Vocal Performance
Female," at the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards in February of
that year. This marked the first of four consecutive Grammy's
she received for that category. Another single from the album,
"Treat Me Right," would reach considerable chart success
as well. The album, itself, achieves multi-platinum sales.
In August, Precious Time is released, and tops the U.S. charts,
becoming her first album to do so. Two singles from the album
-- "Fire and Ice" and "Promises In The Dark"
-- assist in propelling it to the top. Precious Time exceeds the
-- In February, Pat marries guitarist/producer/songwriter Neil
Giraldo in Maui. In November, she releases her fourth effort,
Get Nervous, which was produced by Neil Giraldo (who concentrates
on guitar for the album) and Peter Coleman. The single from the
album, "Shadows Of The Night," goes top 15, while the
album itself peaks at #4 early in January, 1983, and eventually
sells over a million copies. It's the fourth consecutive album
for Benatar to do so.
-- The singles from Get Nervous -- "Little Too Late"
and "Looking For A Stranger" -- are released, while
Benatar's first performance album, Live From Earth, is released
later in year. Live From Earth is recorded in France and California
during Benatar's U.S. and European tours of 1982 and 1983. At
the end of the year, the single, "Love Is A Battlefield,"
aided by the Bob Giraldi-directed video, propels her back to the
top of the charts as it hits #5, while Live From Earth makes #13.
-- Pat collects her fourth consecutive Grammy for "Best Rock
Vocal Performance, Female" at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards
(this time, for "Love Is A Battlefield").
-- Tropico reaches #14 in the U.S. charts, and spawns the top
five single, "We Belong," Hot on the heels of the platinum-selling
Tropico, Seven The Hard Way is released in December and receives
considerable acclaim, reaching #26 in the U.S. charts. Also included
is the top ten single, "Invincible," which was the theme
for the Helen Slater-starring film, Legend of Billie Jean. Also
in December of '85, Pat participates in the recording of "Sun
City" for Artists United Against
Apartheid, which comprised a total of 50 artists.
-- The singles from "Seven The Hard Way" -- "Sex
As A Weapon" and "Le Bel Age" -- are both released
early in year, reaching #28 and #54, respectively, in the singles
-- Pat releases the first compilation album of her career entitled,
"Best Shots", in the U.K., where it becomes her best-selling
album in the United Kingdom. It will reach #6 on the U.K. charts.
-- "Wide Awake in Dreamland" reaches #28, while the
single, "All Fired Up," hits #19. The album reaches
-- Best Shots released in the United States, representing Benatar's
music to this date. Best Shots attains gold status as well.
-- Pat records the Charles Brown seasonal standard, "Please
Come Home For Christmas," for the coalition troops serving
in the Gulf War.
-- Pat releases her critically-acclaimed blues-oriented album,
True Love, with the first single released being B.B. King's, "Payin'
The Cost To Be The Boss." The album attains gold status,
marking Benatar's fourth release to do so.
-- Gravity's Rainbow -- which is produced by Neil Giraldo and
Don Gehman (of R.E.M. and John Mellencamp fame) -- is released.
All songs from the release are written or co-written by Giraldo
as well. From the dub echoes of "Everybody Lay Down,"
to the shuffling bar blues of "Crazy" (featuring Giraldo's
Hendrix-influenced Wah-Wah guitar), Pat continued to redefine
her sound in a 90's context.
-- "All Fired Up: The Very Best of Pat Benatar" is released
as a two-CD set. The compilation set features an array of Benatar
hits, including those from her most recent albums.
-- First major tour in five years to occur over the summer with
REO Speedwagon and Fleetwood Mac. Prior to this U.S. trek, Pat
takes her band to Japan and Australia, where she performed in
front of enthusiastic, sold-out crowds that anxiously await her
forthcoming projects. The response to not only her well-known
hits, but her new material as well, inspire Pat to gear up for
an upcoming release.
-- 1995's enthusiasm for touring spilled over into 1996, finding
Pat and Band on a major summer tour with the Steve Miller Band.
She continued to hit us with some of her best shots as well as
refining some of her new material in a live setting. New songs
such as "River of Love" and "Only You" were
received with as much audience enthusiasm as the "hits".
-- Pat signed with a new record company, CMC International, early
in the year. Her new album Innamorata was released as Pat began
a summer tour with Styx. The summer tour was quickly followed
by a fall solo club tour further promoting the album. The more
intimate setting is appreciated by the audience as a chance to
get closer to the music and the artist.
and on -- Pat's passion for touring continues to show, with a
short set of California dates in the spring and more extensive
touring during the summer of 1999. Both tours find Pat expanding
her set list to include additional pieces from previous albums.
The summer tour consists of a wide range of venues from intimate
clubs to large, open air arenas. As the year ends, Pat and Neil
are beginning work on their fourteenth album. That tour is followed
in 1999 by The Synchronistic Wanderings 20th Anniversary Tour,
celebrating 20 years as a rock artist, and the PB Summer 2000
Tour. The new millenium finds Pat continuing on with the 2001
Summer Vacation Tour. While finishing touches are being made on
the new album, Pat just keeps on rockin'!