2008-04-04 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

At Capital One Bank Theater

Pat Benatar April 11


Live Nation presents four time Grammy Award winning rock singer and Long Island native, Pat Benatar, at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury (formerly the North Fork Theatre) on Friday April 11th at 8 pm. Benatar is best known for hits like "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Treat Me Right," and "You Better Run," from her Platinum album Crimes of Passion. Benatar is also recognized for being one of the most-played artists during MTV's early days. Joining Benatar on stage will be accomplished guitarist, songwriter and prolific producer, Neil Giraldo.

Benatar made her mark as a popular rock vocalist of the 1980's. Her career began when she was performing at the New York City club, Catch a Rising Star, where she met Terry Ellis, founder of Chrysalis Records. Benatar released her first single in 1979 titled "Heartbreaker." It was an immediate hit, rising to number 23 in the U.S. Her debut LP, In the Heat of the Night, found even more success at number 12, establishing Benatar as a new force in rock.

In 1980, Benatar received her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Her success continued throughout the 80's with albums like 1981's Precious Time, 1982's Get Nervous, 1983's Live from Earth, 1984's Tropico, 1985's Seven the Hard Way, and 1988's Wide Awake in Dreamland, not to mention her singles "Fire & Ice," "Promises in the Dark," "Shadows of the Night," "Love Is a Battlefield," "We Belong," and "Invincible."

Benatar was Rolling Stone magazine's Favorite Female Vocalist twice. She was recently inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Benatar was also titled Most Successful Female Rock Vocalist of all time by Billboard magazine based on the number of songs and their charted positions.

Neil Giraldo is Benatar's lead guitarist. Not only does he perform with Benatar but he has produced most of her albums as well as a few other artists'. His first outside production credit was on John Waite's debut album Ignition. He has given a helping musical hand to artists such as The Del Lords, Rick Springfield, and Kenny Loggins. Benatar often refers to him as The Big Kahuna, and the name fits. Neil is the major reason Pat's music sounds the way it does in the recording studio and on tour.

'Asia' April 12


Live Nation presents 1980's super group, Asia with all four original members, at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury (formerly North Fork Theatre) on Saturday, April 12th at 8pm. The band is known for their hit singles, "Only Time Will Tell," and "Heat of the Moment."

The band formed in 1981 and was labeled a super group because the band included former members of veteran progressive rock bands Yes (Steve Howe), King Crimson (John Wetton), Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Carl Palmer), and The Buggles (Geoff Downes). The group immediately clicked with fans of arena acts such as Journey and Boston.

Asia's self-titled debut album spent nine weeks at #1 on the U.S. album chart. The singles, "Only Time Will Tell" and "Heat of the Moment" became huge top 40 hits, with the latter cracking the top 5 and remaining a stadium favorite at U.S. sporting events.

The third single, "Sole Survivor," received heavy air play on rock stations across the U.S. The U.S. tour for the album sold out every date for the 1982 and 1983 tours, and their music videos enjoyed a heavy rotation on MTV. Billboard named their debut as album of the year.

Their second album, Alpha, reached number 6 on the USA Billboard Album Chart, number 4 in Japan, and attained platinum status. The album produced huge fan favorites "Eye to Eye" and "My Own Time," and concert staples, "Open Your Eyes" and "The Heat Goes On," the latter reaching #5 on U.S. Mainstream Rock.

In 1989, Asia released Then & Now, and toured in the Soviet Union in 1990. They performed for 20,000 fans in two sold out nights. The group received the RIAA gold album award, and the single "Days like These" charted in 1991.

In 2006, the original foursome reunited to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary. To celebrate, the group announced tour dates throughout the United States, Japan, and South America starting in August 2006. The group announced in March 2007 that they were recording new material to be released in early 2008.

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