Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
201 E. Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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Cher has been a worldwide superstar for almost 50 years. An Academy Award winning actress, Emmy and Grammy winner, three time Golden Globe winner, Cannes Film Festival Award winner, People’s Choice Award winner, Broadway and film actress, singer, director, documentarian, author and humanitarian and there’s lots more ahead.
Cher is the only artist to have a No. 1 song in six decades. Her most recent chart topper “Woman’s World” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Club Play Chart. Her new album, “Closer To The Truth” her first in 12 years will be coming out September 23/24.
Cher recently made multiple appearances on TNT’s new Friday night series “Women in Film” with Robert Osborne and produced a documentary “Dear Mom, Love Cher” which she created as a birthday gift to honor her mother, singer Georgia Holt, which aired on Lifetime and will be released on DVD this Fall.
Cher’s career began at 17 as a backup singer when she met fledgling producer Sonny Bono. Together they quickly hit the jackpot with their signature number one song "I Got You Babe" in 1965 and their attention-grabbing hair and clothes - an early hint of Cher's subsequent influence on the world of fashion.
Solo success soon followed with three more number ones in the early Seventies - "Half Breed", "Dark Lady" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves". At the same time she was becoming a TV sensation on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour", which captured the first of her Golden Globes.
After the couple split in the mid-1970s, Cher went on to her own series "The Cher Show" where her revealing Bob Mackie costumes caused an outrage from the censors over her exposed navel.
By the early 1980s Cher was ready for a new challenge and turned her focus to acting. But it was an uphill battle for an untried actress now in her mid-30s to land roles. In 1982 she took a huge gamble in a Broadway production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean". But it paid off when director Robert Altman, upon seeing her performance, cast her in the movie version, leading to a Golden Globe nomination.
That led to "Silkwood" in 1983, alongside Meryl Streep, followed by "Mask" with Eric Stoltz and Sam Elliott which was directed by Mike Nichols.
Four years later Cher starred in three films, "The Witches of Eastwick" (with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michele Pfeiffer), "Suspect" with Dennis Quaid and "Moonstruck".
Her role as the frumpy bookkeeper in "Moonstruck" (with Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis) won her the ultimate Hollywood accolade - the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe and People's Choice Award. Cher had come a long way in the short five years since her Broadway debut.
In 1987 Cher went back into the recording studio for the first time since the early Eighties, beginning a more rock-oriented phase that led to such major hits as "I Found Someone", "We All Sleep Alone", "If I Could Turn Back Time" and three multi-platinum albums in quick succession.
In 1991, Cher starred in "Mermaids", based partially on her own childhood and featuring her international hit version of "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)". In 1996, Cher co-executive-produced and directed a segment of the controversial HBO abortion drama "If Walls Could Talk", with Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Anne Heche, once again earning a Golden Globe nomination for her acting.
It would take a trip to the UK and an introduction to the world of dance music for her next triumph in 1998. Cher's 23rd studio album, the Grammy-winning "Believe" was a critical and commercial smash, reaching number one in every country and selling 20 million copies.
"Believe" made Cher the oldest woman (at 52) to have a number one hit in the Billboard Hot 100 rock era. It also made her the only female artist to have Top 10 hits in every decade from the 1960s to 2010s. "Believe" became the biggest-selling single ever in the UK by a woman and took her back to the top of the US charts for a month.
The subsequent "Believe" tour was the most successful of her career, but it would be eclipsed by the three-year, 325-show world "Farewell Tour" from 2003 to 2005. Playing to more than three million fans, and captured on film in an Emmy-winning NBC special, it became the most successful tour by any female artist.
Soon after, Las Vegas beckoned and "Cher at the Coliseum" at Caesars Palace ran for three years and almost 200 concerts before winding up in early 2011.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo have been an unstoppable rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse since their initial collaboration 35 years ago on the debut album "In The Heat of the Night." Together, with Benatar's mezzo-soprano vocal range and Giraldo's trail-blazing work as a guitarist, producer and songwriter, they have sold more than 26 million albums and charted 19 Top 40 singles including "Love is a Battlefield", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Heartbreaker", "We Live For Love", "Promises In The Dark," "We Belong" and more - leading to four consecutive Grammy Awards between 1980 and 1983, as well as three American Music Awards.
Today, Benatar and Giraldo remain one of rock ‘n’ roll's most successful duos, inspiring future generations of artists, selling out concerts, and wowing audiences around the world. Billboard Magazine ranked Benatar as one of the most successful female rock vocalist of all-time. Her emergence as a fearless, fighting force has helped forge a path for other female rock stars around the world. In addition to the arsenal of more then 100 songs he's written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, Giraldo's helped create hits for legions of other artists including John Waite, Rick Springfield (No. 1, Grammy-winning classic “Jessie’s Girl and Top Ten hit "I've Done Everything for You"), Kenny Loggins and more. Theirs is a chemistry that will, undoubtedly, be thrilling music lovers forever.