Webster PRPat Benatar and her husband and guitarist of more than 30 years, Neil Giraldo, currently are getting U.S. fans all fired up on tour with Journey and Loverboy. The expansive trek kicked off last month and is mapped out through a November 17 concert in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Speaking with ABC News Radio recently, Giraldo says the tour's bill offers a nice diversity of styles, while pointing out that he and his wife might be a bit more rocking in concert than fans of some of Benatar's smash '80s hits might expect.
"We're different than Journey. We're different than Loverboy…we're much more harder edged," he maintains. "I look at [some concertgoers'] faces, I think they were thinking maybe they'd hear 'Hit Me with Your Best Shot' or 'We Belong' to start off, but we're starting off just kind of rippin'."
Of course, Benatar and her band deliver plenty of the classics that brought her fame and success during her heyday, but Giraldo says he likes to throw fans some curveballs during the shows.
"We got surprises that we do every night," he explains. "I have a song that we do that, inside the song, [I] include different cover songs and only do 'em for about a minute, two minutes. I like to see their faces when they anticipate one part of the song's gonna be one way and then it's the other way. They're, like, dumbfounded…I love when that happens."
Asked how he and Pat are feeling in general about the current trek, Giraldo says, "We're just excited to be out there and playing. We love the venues we're playing. We love…the people. We love to see their faces when they connect [with] what we're doing."
Benatar and Giraldo celebrated their 30th anniversary earlier this year, and their musical partnership goes back another four or five years further. Reflecting on the relationship, the guitarist admits that when he was younger, he wouldn't have imagined "in a million years" that his career would revolve around being in a band with his wife.
"I love space. I love having my own time," he says. "And here I am with my girlfriend, then my wife around me 24 hours a day! I thought, '[Have] I lost my mind? Was I stupid? What happened to me?' But in life, sometimes things get thrown at you that you don't expect and they end up being the best things you've ever had given to you."
He adds, "I feel I'm incredibly blessed that we found each other by fate, it was a very fateful thing in a positive way."
Giraldo maintains that one of the aspects that has made their professional relationship successful is the mutual respect they share.
"She respects me. I respect her, and she gives me all the leeway, and she always has, to create, arrange, produce," he points out. "And, luckily, we've been lucky enough to have the hits and the career that we have."
Benatar and Giraldo's next concert with Journey and Loverboy takes place Monday night at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, Alabama. Log on to BenatarGiraldo.com to check out all of the rocking couple's upcoming tour dates.
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