Tuesday night Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo played the Grove of Anaheim with Melody Federer as the opening act. This was their 6th show since returning to touring after the Covid-19 pandemic began March 2020. Benatar released her debut album in 1979 and since then Giraldo has been her lead guitarist and collaborator. Next year will mark their 40th wedding anniversary. When it came to the 80s, Benatar was one the biggest female artists to emerge that decade. The band consists of her bassist of 26-years Mick Mahan and Chris Ralles drummer who's been in the band since 2005. The show kicked off with “All Fired Up,” and by the third song they performed a big hit “Invincible.” Benatar called this the “F*ck you Covid song.” For “We Belong,” Benatar and Giraldo performed the song as a duet with Giraldo playing piano. Benatar played three of her biggest hits back to back before the encore starting with MTV’s second played video “You Better Run,” followed by “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” and “Love Is A Battlefield.”The show ended with “Heartbreaker” mashed with Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” For being close to 70 Benatar still sounds phenomenal.
Although it’s been 18 years since Benatar’s last release, she still remains popular to fans of all ages to this day, and will always be an icon.
Since Benatar released her debut album In the Heat of the Night she has released 12 albums total including one live album all which made the charts. Her 4th album Precious Time went to number 1 and second album Crimes of Passion went to number 2.