When Turning Stone announced that Pat Benatar was going to be in the Showroom in November, it was a guaranteed sold-out show. The nearly yearly run through Upstate New York brought out droves of short-haired pixie cut women reliving their rebellious younger years through the musician that gave them the power to tell the world that collectively, “We Belong”.
Pat Benatar and her husband (and business partner) for nearly 35 years, Neil “Spider” Giraldo, rocked the showroom despite being very sick. Pat took short breaks to head toward the back of the stage to get a drink or clear her throat. In the spotlight though you could barely tell that the legend was under the weather. She gave it her all and the crowd was more than pleased.
When Neil and Pat invited the crowd to ask questions, it gave Pat an opportunity to rest her voice as Spider answered most of the questions. From there she belted out some of her biggest hits, “We Belong” and the anti-child abuse anthem “Hell is for Children”. With being sick, the crowd seemed surprised and so pleased that Pat did the whole set and didn’t cut anything short. Amazing energy and a promise to return next year for a special 35th Anniversary tour – who could ask for anything more?
Setlist: All Fired Up, Invincible, So Sincere, If You Think You Know How to Love Me (Smokie cover), River of Love, Promises in the Dark, Q&A, We Belong, Hell Is for Children, You Better Run, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Love Is a Battlefield, Everybody Lay Down, Let’s Stay Together, Heartbreaker / Ring of Fire