Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield
May 5, 2017
Show Time: 7:30 p.m.
Gates Time: 6:30 p.m.
Three highly talented musicians – Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield – bring their expansive catalogs of rock ‘n’ roll and power-pop hits to Starlight Theatre on Friday, May 5.
Four-time Grammy® Award winner Pat Benatar has two RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums, five platinum albums, three gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles to her credit. Her Top 10 hit singles are “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Invincible.” Benatar was discovered in 1975 at an open-mic night in a New York City club owned by Rick Newman, who would become her manager for the next 15 years. During the early days of MTV in the 1980s, Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists on the popular music channel and, now, after more than four decades in the music industry, she remains a bold and distinctive artist on stage and on record.
Benatar’s husband and collaborator, Neil “Spyder” James Giraldo, has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for more than four decades. He and Benatar changed the face of the pop charts throughout the ‘80s with innovative vision, Benatar’s signature sound and Giraldo’s explosive, steel-bending guitar. Giraldo’s catalog includes more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, as well as hit songs he helped to create for John Waite, Rick Springfield (including “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything For You”), Kenny Loggins and more. Giraldo began his career in 1978 as a key member of the Rick Derringer Band, beating out 200 other guitarists for the position.
Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. Creator of some of the finest power-pop of the 1980s, Springfield is a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician. He has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch.” Springfield is also an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, performed as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama “True Detective” and earned positive reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer on the CW hit “Supernatural.” In 2014, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in after arriving from Australia in 1971.