July 17, 2013

All Fired Up: Pat Benatar Live...

There are few live concert acts I would see twice, never mind three times, and now I can add rock icon Pat Benatar to the seen-them-three-times list... that list, by the way, now consists of Benatar and Fleetwood Mac, period.

The multiple Grammy winner, a superstar from her 1979 debut through the 80s, hasn't released an album in years but is still touring, and boy does she still have it... and we saw her rock the house this past weekend here in Edmonton as she performs across Canada and the US this summer.

After opening up with the rocker All Fired Up, we saw Benatar, her musical partner and husband Neil Giraldo, and a small loud band run through the hits from Hit Me With Your Best Shot to Hell Is For Children to Heartbreaker to Invincible to Love Is A Battlefield, as well as lesser known tracks like Let's Stay Together and the sensational So Sincere.

Benatar's tough chick sexpot image made her an instant star, and then she backed it up with her opera-trained voice, mellower songs like We Belong, and a list of acclaimed albums that showed off her range.

Benatar and Giraldo flirted and fake-squabbled as they interacted with the audience, joked about their ages (she is 60, and called him older than dirt), and played the hits, showing her raspy voice is still in its prime. They even mixed in some Johnny Cash to her rock classic Heartbreaker.

My only complaint about the show: At under 90 minutes including encore, this is a short concert... there are lots of more songs from Treat Me Right to We Live For Love to Shadows Of The Night with which Benatar could have rocked the house.

I own every Benatar album, from 1979's In The Heat Of The Night to 2003's Go!... so all I gotta say is bring out some new music already, dammit!

And if Benatar tours in your town, catch her live...