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article imageReview: Pat Benatar gives a 'Paramount' live performance in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Huntington - On August 27, rock superstar Pat Benatar and her husband, Neil “Spyder” Giraldo performed at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, for an excellent turnout.
Benatar is a four-time Grammy-winning female rock vocalist and a member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. They were backed by a two-piece band that included a drum player and bassist. Singer-songwriter Jake Incao served as their opening act.
Their show commenced with Giraldo’s electrifying guitar riffs and the veteran songstress broke into her vivacious “All Fired Up” and it was followed by “Invincible” and her 1979 hit “So Sincere.”
“Well, hey,” she said. “How are you maniacs doing? It is so nice to see you. This is our first time playing at this venue and it’s really great.”
She rocked on “Go,” which was lyrically and sonically powerful.
A Long Island native, Benatar noted that half of her family members and classmates from high school were in the crowd tonight.
Giraldo started off “Promises in the Dark” on piano for the ballad component of the song and once it turned up-tempo he switched to his lead guitar. For this tune, they garnered a lengthy standing ovation, and Benatar blew a kiss to her audience.
“Okay, this is the part of the show where we sit because we are old,” Benatar said and sat on a stool. “How are you all doing out tonight?” Giraldo asked.
He subsequently noted that he and his wife, whom he affectionately calls “Patricia,” have been performing for 35 years and he thanked the fans for “taking this ride” with them, prior to praising the women of Long Island. “Long Island girls are the best,” he added.
According to Benatar, she remarked, “I love this next song. I guarantee that all of you have sung it at karaoke at least once.”
They went on the sing a soaring rendition of “We Belong,” where the entire venue was singing the lyrics back to them with excitement.
In “Hell is For Children,” the stage was graced in red and orange lights and she told the story behind “You Better Run,” which was the second music video ever played on MTV back in 1981 (after “Video Killed The Radio Star”). She noted that her husband was the first guitar player to be featured on MTV.
After Giraldo played a brief guitar solo of Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” they immediately broke into her beloved hit “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” which was a crowd-favorite, as well as her closing number “Love is a Battlefield,” which was equally well-received.
“Thank you so much,” Benatar stated. “Good night,” she added prior to returning for their encore.
“Did you have fun?” she asked. “Good, cause we are not done yet. This is a great place,” she said complimenting The Paramount, which was recently voted in the Top 25 club venues worldwide.
Their encore included “Everybody Lay Down,” as well as her smash hit “Heartbreaker” and a rock cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” which was a real treat.
“Pat Benatar put on a really good show,” shared Kerin Carty-Kriegsman, a fan and attendee. “I love how she performed songs from the different eras of her career.”
The Verdict
Overall, Pat Benatar put on one of the best concerts that I have had the privilege of seeing at The Paramount. Her vocals were superb, compelling and flawless. She was able to give Huntington “her best shot” and the audience inevitably loved her in return. Giraldo was masterful on lead guitar and on harmonies. Their show garnered an A rating.
Hopefully, this will be the year that Benatar and Giraldo will be nominated and subsequently inducted into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, since this honor is long-overdue for both musicians. Benatar is a true rock music trailblazer. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting members need any reassurance, all they need to see is a highlight reel of yesterday’s show.
To learn more about Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, visit their official website.
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