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Rock Rewind: Pat Benatar “Love Is a Battlefield”

Pat Benatar was at one time the most unlikely person anyone would think of as a rock-chick superstar: trained classically as a vocalist and in the theatre, completely separated from the rock scene, a one-time Julliard candidate, married to her high school sweetheart by age 19. She began her singing career as a lounge singer and didn’t delve into rock until age 22. (She later divorced, but retained her married name “Benatar” as her stage name.) Likewise, the slinky, spandex-inspired theme of her stage persona also came quite by accident, as she didn’t take the time to change out of her cat costume on Halloween night before performing her regular gig; the costume made a huge difference in her audience reception although she sang her normal set list. All these things came together to reveal Pat Benatar as the early 80’s rock superstar we remember today.

One of her later singles, “Love Is a Battlefield” was one of two studio tracks on Benatar’s live album Live from Earth in 1983. It went on to be her highest charting single in the U.S., hitting Number 3 on the Billboard Top 100 and Number 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. It also marked sort of a pinnacle for Benatar’s popularity; although she had several charting singles afterward, her record sales began a declining trend after that point. Even though Pat Benatar hasn’t had a charting single since 1993 and hasn’t released any new material since 2003, the lingering popularity from the early 1980s continues to carry her career. She remains active as a touring artist, performing on tour with her contemporaries such as Loverboy and Journey, and with her long-time guitarist, producer and husband Neil “Spyder” Giraldo.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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