A holiday album and a novel are the best shots on Pat Benatar's future docket.
The veteran rocker tells Billboard.com that she and husband Neil "Spyder" Giraldo have already started writing and gathering material for the Christmas collection, which they hope to begin recording after coming off the road at the end of August with a release likely for 2012. "We love Christmas," Benatar says. "We have a lot of traditional things, but also some kind of jump blues version of Christmas songs, a couple originals -- it'll be a mixed bag of things. We'll do a couple with horns again, which will be fun; we haven't really done anything in that way since (1991's) 'True Love.' "
Benatar says she's thinking of including some of her existing holiday songs as part of the set, including the 9/11 charity single "Christmas in America" and the standard "Please Come Home For Christmas." "There's a lot of stuff," she notes. "The recording will go quickly. We'll do it the old way -- cut the tracks together, not a bunch of overdubs. We know how to do that pretty well."