Grab the tissue. This interview is going to give you all the feels. Rock and Roll legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo recently sat down with CBS correspondent Jim Axelrod. And what came next is 8 minutes of the most inspiring honesty we’ve seen in long time.
First Pat talked about her “idiotic” decision to marry when she was a teenager. Her then-husband was going to be enlisted and so she gave up her destiny as a singer and worked as a bank teller. Her course changed one fateful night when her friends took her out to a club to see a singer.
That singer was none other than Liza Minelli. And as Pat watched Liza belt it onstage, she thought to herself “I can do that.” The next day, Pat quit her job at the bank and started looking for opportunities to sing.
It wasn’t long in the music scene before young Pat, who was looking for the Jimmy Page to her Robert Plant, met Neil Giraldo. Neil was also looking for someone: a fantastic singer. Someone he could write music for and with.
Someone who would collaborate with him to make gold records. The two met, and they never looked back. Just as their successful careers were blooming, so was their relationship. They married and have been going strong for 40 years.
In this interview, Pat says she and Neil owe their longevity to the fact that they’re connected on multiple levels. Listen to the couple talk about how they bonded against the music world to become one of the most successful acts in rock history. They also speculate about why Pat isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and how she couldn’t care less). And we love the story about how Pat paved the way for other women in rock, and how Neil backed her up along the way. They also have a musical coming next year that we can’t wait for!
Check out the whole interview. Don’t you just LOVE these two?!?