Singer Pat Benatar and guitarist Neil Giraldo who will
perform in Gibbston in February. Photo supplied.
Four-time Grammy winner and Love is a Battlefield
hit-maker Pat Benatar headlines the next summer concert at
Gibbston Valley Station, in an exclusive South Island concert
The American multiplatinum selling artist, known for Hit
Me With Your Best Shot, Heartbreaker, We Belong and
Invincible was announced by Greenstone Entertainment
and Taupo Summer Concert Ltd yesterday.
Benatar is set to join top guitarist-producer and husband
Neil Giraldo, rock 'n' roll giants Bachman and Turner, plus
classic rock band America on stage for the open-air concert
on February 23.
They will also perform in Taupo and Matakana.
Promoter Amanda Calvert said yesterday the three acts had
collectively 18 chart and 21 album hits in New Zealand alone.
"This will be the first New Zealand show for both
Benatar-Giraldo and Bachman and Turner, so fans will be
excited to finally have the opportunity to see these acts,
along with America, live in concert and performing in such
beautiful and scenic outdoor locations."
Benatar and Giraldo said in a statement: "We've been to
Australia several times and have looked across the Tasman Sea
longingly at New Zealand.
"We are so excited to finally visit your beautiful island
Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
fame, and their new band - musicians Brent Howard, Marc
LaFrance and Mick Dalla-Vee - will be Taking Care of
Business while in New Zealand by performing their vast
catalogue of hits along with a handful of new tracks.
America formed 42 years ago when Gerry Beckley and Dewey
Bunnell, along with late former bandmate Dan Peek, met in a
London high school and harmonised their way to the top of the
charts with their signature song A Horse With No Name.
America went on to deliver a string of hits such as You
Can Do Magic, I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don't Cross
the River, Three Roses, Tin Man, Lonely People and
Sister Golden Hair, while collecting gold and platinum
albums, a Grammy and more than 4 million album sales.