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article imageInterview with rock icon Neil Giraldo Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 27, 2013 in Entertainment
On March 26, 2013, rock star and legendary producer, musician and arranger Neil Giraldo chatted via telephone with Digital Journal about their musical plans for the future.
Better known by his stage name “Spyder,” he is the soulmate and muse of rock phenomenon Pat Benatar.
The powerhouse couple played a benefit concert on Jan 25, 2013, at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, New York, where the proceeds aided the victims of Hurricane Sandy. “That was great,” he acknowledged.
Towards the end of that concert, the mayor of Lindenhurst honored Pat and Neil as he proclaimed the following day as the “Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Day” in Lindenhurst. “Those people on Long Island were so sweet and really special. Although I did not grow up in Long Island, when I go back, I feel as though I did. I say it all the time that I wish I grew up there. They love my wife and they have embraced me as well. It feels like Lindenhurst is my hometown as well,” he said.
Regarding their plans for the future, Neil shared, “We are just doing a couple of scattered dates here and there. We are working on new songs and books in the meantime. I am very involved in the creative process and writing. It’s a good combination and it gives me the time to try out new things. I am doing a solo project, as well as a Christmas album which has a darker yet optimistic side to it and Patricia and I are writing new songs for us as well.”
He revealed that over the years their songs were based on other people’s experiences and now they are based on their own personal experiences. “We used to watch and observe other people’s relationships and we would write songs about that and then we decided to write songs about that. Sometimes, it could be difficult when it’s about you and we are like to keep to ourselves and we don’t like to give out too much information, but we do.”
He noted that the “Spyder’s Corner” section on their official website will consist of different songs that he has written, as well as demos and sports-related things such as workouts. “I am a really complex individual and I do a lot of things that a lot of people do not know that I do. I would like to bring them up to speed in some things that they may be interested in knowing,” he said.
On the key to longevity in the music industry, Neil urged the importance of keeping their music fresh and current. “I don’t like living in the past and I want to create moments that last from today. I’m a competitive guy so I love re-creating things and I like doing them better,” the rock icon said.
For aspiring musicians that wish to enter the rock arena, Neil recommended, “Do not let anybody get inside your heads and tell you differently. Do what you want to do and play and sing what is important to you since nobody knows more than what you want to be than yourself. All the hits that we have had were the ones that we believed in. That is proof to me that you can do it.”
For Neil Giraldo, success means happiness. “A happy and content life with no fear and being able to do what you were given to do and enjoying that every minute of the day. I don’t care if I wrote a great song and I produced it and it was a brilliant piece of work and only one person heard it and bought it, to me that is successful since I know it was right and I felt right about that,” he concluded.
For more information on Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, visit their official website.
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