Venue: The Pearl
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: June 15, 2013
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 6
$61.60 & $112.65
Pop/rock stars Cheap Trick are among the most-covered artists of all time.
The group first found success in Japan before hitting it big in the United States. It signed with Epic Records in 1976, releasing its self-titled debut in early 1977. The record failed to chart in America, however, the group became a massive success in Japan.
The band realized that its was a virtual superstar in Japan when it toured the country in early 1978. Cheap Trick's concerts at Budokan Arena were recorded for release. The album, "Live at Budokan," captured the band's energetic, infectious live show, resulting in their commercial breakthrough in the U.S. The album stayed on the charts for more than a year, selling more than three million copies. A live version of "I Want You to Want Me" became Cheap Trick's first Top 10 hit.
Later that year, the group released its fourth studio album, "Dream Police," launching the Top 40 hit singles "Voices" and "Dream Police." Cheap Trick enjoyed another hit single in 1985 with "Tonight It's You" from the album "Standing on the Edge."
In 1988, the group began working on a new record with the help of several professional songwriters. The resulting record was one of its biggest commercial successes, "Lap of Luxury." It was a platinum Top 20 hit, featuring Cheap Trick's only No. 1 song "The Flame" and a Top 10 version of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel."
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
"Heartbreaker." "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." "Love is a Battlefield." "Invincible." Pat Benatar has been producing these memorable hits since the late '70s.
During the '80s she released 19 singles that made it to the Top 40. She was one of the most popular artists featured during the early days of MTV. Benatar has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Performance" and won the award four consecutive years. Along with her hit songs, Benatar's operatic vocal range has earned her the praise of music critics around the world.
At her show in Vegas, Benatar will be performing again with Neil Giraldo, her husband and lead guitarist. The two have been performing together for nearly 25 years on the stage and in the studio. Giraldo started playing the guitar when he was 6 and learned to play the piano when he was 12. His appearance in the music video for Benatar's "You Better Run," distinguished him and Scott Sheets as the first guitarists shown on MTV. Along with playing lead guitar, Giraldo composed and produced some of Benatar's work.
In 2002, Benatar and Giraldo released a live CD and DVD, "Live Summer Vacation," which features four previously unreleased songs along with acoustic versions of Benatar's biggest hits.
"Go," released in 2003, was a return to the rock/pop sound that made Benatar famous. Since then she has released several greatest hits albums. The most recent one, "Ultimate Collection," was released in 2008 and features 40 remastered tracks. In 2010, Benatar released her memoir, "Between a Heart and a Rock Place."
Since the mid 1990s, the timeless rocker has remained active as a popular touring act. In 2012, she performed with Loverboy and Journey. In 2013, Benatar is slated to embark on a New Zealand tour.