The husband-and-wife rockers of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are in talks to perform a regular gig in Vegas.
But Giraldo — her guitarist and romantic/musical partner since the 1970s — wouldn’t give me any details in an interview on Wednesday because the deal isn’t done yet.
“I can tell you our manager and our agents are working on something I think is going to be fantastic. It’s going to be so different than what you would normally see and think,” Giraldo said.
I asked him whether such a residency show would feature Cirque-esque themes (no), or other bands on the bill (no), and I pitched other questions.
His answers to all questions were simply, “Nope, nope, nope, can’t tell you.”
On Friday, Benatar and Giraldo will be at the old Hilton (LVH) to perform a tour stop of their stable hits “Love is a Battlefield,” “Promises in the Dark,” “Shadows of the Night,” “Hell is for Children,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker” and “Fire and Ice.”
During the course of a normal year, they perform in Vegas at times, but those gigs are mostly big-money corporate parties.
“We do a lot of corporates in Vegas,” Giraldo said. “So it’s not like the public gets a chance to jump in there.”
But Vegas has a serious fan base of rock and classic rock fans to support a running Benatar gig, he believes.
And the couple’s daughters range in age from 19 to 29, so the kids wouldn’t be an issue in setting up shop here, he said.
Benatar and Giraldo are one of those Paul-and-Linda-McCartney types of couples. Paul and Linda famously spent only one day apart during all their years of love, and that day came when Paul got busted with weed overseas.
Similarly, Benatar and Giraldo have been together every day since they got together, except one. Giraldo explains that day: “I went with my manager to San Francisco to see one of the World Series games, and they had the huge earthquake” in 1989. “It was the only day we weren’t apart, which is really crazy.”
They are also a noted clean-living couple, as they have said in interviews over the years.
“I’m the wild one, the renegade,” Giraldo (nickname “Spyder”) says. “The reason why this partnership works is because Patricia is the sensible one, always the one that grounds me.”
I like Benatar and Giraldo but I don’t think he should call her Patricia. Is that fair to say?
Mixed martial artist Urijah Faber went with the BBQ chicken pizza and a wellness drink at Henderson’s Greens & Proteins on Tuesday. And at 2 p.m. next Tuesday, comedian Andrew Dice Clay gets his own memorabilia case at the Hard Rock Hotel, where his new residency kicks in March 14.
Doug Elfman’s column appears Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.