She’s a real tough cookie with a long history… of doing what she thinks is best!
Pat Benatar is making a massive change to setlists for future tours.
From here on out, the legendary Seventies and Eighties rocker will no longer perform one of her most well-known songs, for a very crucial reason.
Benatar, 69, who is currently on tour with her long-time guitarist and husband Neil Giraldo, has been doing a lot of reflecting lately as she prepares for the opening of “Invincible,” a brand-new musical featuring songs from her catalog and orchestrations by Giraldo, (per Playbill), which has lead her to make a crucial decision related to moving forward in her career.
Evolving With The Times: Moving Forward Without Looking Back
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Since Benatar burst onto the rock and roll scene with the release of her debut album in 1979, there have been too many instances to count when it comes to major cultural shifts massively impacting our society.
One notably being the massive increase in the number of global mass shootings, particularly within the last decade.
As an acknowledgment of these reoccurring tragedies, Benatar has decided to no longer perform one of her biggest hits on stage, and it is a move some of Benatar’s fans believe is a controversial one.
The “Never Wanna Leave You” singer is well aware her fans aren’t happy with her decision, but it is a pill her critics will have to swallow. Benatar made it clear in a new interview with USA Today that she is not backing down, and believes her decision acts as a “small contribution to protesting.”
Which Song Will Benatar No Longer Perform?
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Amid the four decades and the countless number of mass shootings since the release of “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Benatar says she can no longer “say those words with a smile on my face.”
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” debuted at number 9 on the Hot 100 Charts in the Winter of 1980, and would go on to be one of Benatar’s most memorable tracks. (via Totally 80’s)
Benatar fervently believes “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” should no longer have a place in her live performances.
“Fans are having a heart attack,” Benatar went on to tell the outlet, “And I’m like, I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it.”
Benatar also has a request for those fans who are having trouble coming to terms with her decision.
“I tell them,” she continues, “If you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it.”
Making her voice heard, as she has done many, many times over her groundbreaking career, is still a big priority for Benatar, and one she prioritizes over any potential hurt feelings.
“I’m not going on stage and soap box,” she says before revealing she prefers to “go to my legislatures” in order to speak out. “But that’s my small contribution to protesting. I’m not going to sing it.”
Benatar concluded her statement by showcasing a glimpse of her legendary self-confidence, by leaving critics with a final word: “Tough.”
This legendary rocker is ‘invincible,’ indeed!