Pat Benatar Says New Music Is on the Way, If Only She Can Sit Down & Record It

 Travis Shinn
Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar

There's good news for Pat Benatar fans: The iconic singer's recently released songs -- her first non-holiday music in more than a decade -- are not one-and-done deals. There's plenty more where that came from. 

In January Benatar delivered "Shine," a single written especially for the Women's March and to raise money for the B.A. Rudolph Foundation that provides scholarships for young women seeking unpaid internships in public service, politics or the sciences. Coming soon is "Dancing Through the Wreckage," which Benatar's husband and partner-in-rock Neil Giraldo wrote with Linda Perry and Benatar sang for Served Like a Girl -- a new documentary about female veterans that's showing at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival.

And, otherwise, Benatar and Giraldo have every intention on hunkering down this year on a new album -- their first since Go in 2003.

"We have so much stuff written; It's just that we're [touring] so much, and it's really impossible to record and work at the same time," Benatar tells Billboard. "I think we did 160 shows last year, so it's nuts. But this year we're going to cut back a lot so we can make another record. We just told management and the agent, 'That's it! We're not going to do this ridiculous amount of live shows this year. We're just going to stay home and record these songs."

Just what form those songs will take is, however, yet to be seen. "I don't know if we're going to do an EP or a full [album]," Benatar acknowledges. "We're just gonna do 'em and wherever they go, they go. You have to get 'em out." 

Benatar says "Shine" was something of a consolation for having to miss the Women's March herself due to a previous commitment -- as well as a chance to work with Perry, who co-wrote the track. "We've been trying to work together forever and we just started writing a song and that's basically it," Benatar recalls. "And it was great to partner with the Foundation. It's not enough to just go out there and verbalize how you're feeling about things. It's really important to make change."

As for her next collab with Perry, Benatar describes "Dancing Through the Wreckage" as "kind of amid-tempo song, kind of atmospheric. It's not a big rocker."

Benatar and Giraldo have plenty of those big rockers around, however, as well as ballads and everything in between, she says. Giraldo apparenlty also has designs on some solo material, including a Christmas album.

"The point of making records now is simply for the fact of getting the songs out there," Benatar says. "It's not the same things as it was. It's not that pressing. But you still want to make records. You want to record new songs because you need to do that. For the songs to come to their full fruition or to evolve to what they need to be, you must record them. And there's so many ways to get music out now, so that's good."

In addition to the pair of new songs, Benatar and Giraldo are also celebrating 35 years of marriage this year -- a landmark in a business not known for enduring relationships. Benatar cracks that, "I don't know how he does it." But, having been together since recording her debut album, 1979's In the Heat of the Night, with two daughters and a dozen more albums along the way, she kinda does.

"We've got it down now," she says. "It's been a long time, and it's the way we began. It's the only way we know how to do it. So it just rolls along. You get into a really good rhythm, which we got into a long, long time ago. Not that it doesn't have challenges; It does, but we're committed. It's good."