"The View" comments, 11/10/99
Pat Benatar's daughter starting band
Pat Benatar's Daughter Goes Pop
HX Magazine Jan. 2000
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On 11/10/99, Pat and NEIL!!! appeared on ABC-TV's "The View" to promote Synchronistic Wanderings.
The producer of the show set aside 25 tickets for the Fan Club--and gave them their own special section RIGHT UP FRONT!
From the View's website:
Pat Benatar
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Pat Benatar rocked onto the music scene in 1979. She was the first female artist to appear on MTV when it premiered in 1981, and went on to win four consecutive Grammys for Best Rock Performance (Female). She paved the way for such female artists as Madonna, Sarah MacLachlan, Courtney Love and Tori Amos, but there's only one original, and she's back with a three-CD collection called Pat Benatar: Synchronistic Wanderings. Pat performed "We Belong" and "Strawberry Wine" from this CD.

Pat has been married to husband Neil Giraldo for 17 years, and they have two daughters, Haley, 15, and Hana, 5. Haley once hated everything about her family's rock-and-roll life, says Pat, but now has her own band called Glow. Mother and daughter plan to record a song together soon.

A bit of trivia: Joy was a teacher at Pat's high school when she was a student there, although they didn't know each other.

From Infobeat news service:
*** Pat Benatar keeping in touch with fans online(Launch) -
Pat Benatar and her husband, guitarist Neil Geraldo, had a lot of help putting together the booklet for their box set,"Synchronistic Wanderings: Recorded Anthology 1979-1999." When assembling the package and the rarities, they had to ask some of their fans for help. Benatar and Geraldo appeared on the TV show "The View" Wednesday morning and their fans were there in force for them. The duo said that the Internet has given them a chance to keep in touch and chat with their die-hard fans. "Oh yeah, we do that all the time," Benatar said of the group's online chats. "They're great. We have a great online fan club - they're fantastic."
"They're everywhere," Geraldo added. "In fact, we did this TV show and they were all in front. They know everything. They know more stuff than we do. We had to call them a few times because we didn't have copies of things and they have everything. If you're missing stuff, you just go there and call them and they get it for you. We needed some single sleeves that I couldn't find and they had 'em."

Pat Benatar's daughter starting band

(Launch) - Pat Benatar and her husband Neil Geraldo have two daughters and the eldest, Gina, is starting to use her genetic gifts. Benatar and Geraldo said that Gina has finally come around to making music with a new all-girl pop combo. "Our older one just was wishing we could have been plumbers or something," Benatar said. "She now has a band of her own called Glow. It's three girls and they're kind of like the 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys, but girls. They just had their first gig and they did great. And we just recorded two songs for their demo." "Oh my God, if you think my wife is difficult, my daughter is unbelievable," Geraldo said. "I make a track for her, we write the song, I'm in the studio and I'm putting this thing together, and I go, 'Well, Gina, what do you think?' And she goes, 'What's that goofy noise there? What is that? Can you make it slower? I don't like this, I don't like that.' It's unbelievable."

ALL STAR (CDNOW daily news)
Pat Benatar's Daughter Goes Pop

by Steve Baltin

With parents like Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo (Benatar's longtime guitarist/producer and husband of 15 years), it's not surprising that a teenage girl, aged 15, would want to go into the music business.

What is perhaps surprising is that Haley Geraldo, the eldest daughter of the couple responsible for such hard-rocking hits as "Heartbreaker," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Hell is for Children," and "I Need a Lover," is going the Britney Spears route.

Haley and two of her close friends have recently formed a teenage pop trio. The all-girl group, calling itself Glo, has yet to make its way into the public eye, but the band has gone into the studio with Haley's famous parents.

While most people might think mom, the definitive female rock singer of her era, would be having a conniption over Haley's decision to follow this musical path, mom says that's not the case. "Iím proud of her because sheís working her little fanny off and sheís doing great," Benatar says.

In fact, mom is being so supportive she provided the girls with a sort-of coming out gift. "We even wrote them a song that sounds just like all that other [pop] stuff," she says. While the song is definitely not the normal Benatar fare, she says she had a good time writing it. "Itís really fun because itís so mindless and I donít mean that in a bad way. I love pop music. Itís so easy."

Although Haley was happy to take the song, she's still a teenager in the sense that mom, no matter how cool she might be, is an embarrassment at times. " The first time we went to meet 'NSync, I was backstage and I was taking pictures with them and they were asking me to sign autographs," Benatar recalls somewhat jokingly. "When Haley came out, she was all huffy in the car and she said, 'God, it was like you were having the meet and greet.'"

With the success of band's like 'NSync and Christina Aguilera and Glo's hit-making lineage, can it be long before Glo is hosting its own meet and greets? One source who is familiar with them has little doubt the trio will be signed quickly. Are all you record execs listening?

HX Magazine
January 2000

"Hellion with Children"


What would you expect to find inside the suburban L.A. home of rock legend Pat Benatar? Garish costumes carefully preserved from the singer's days as an 80's video queen?
A collection of Japanese headbands? Surely you'd spot her 4 Grammy Awards on the mantle, right? Wrong. Benatar and her husband, musical collaborator and bandmate of two decades, Neil Geraldo [sic], are too busy raising thier daughters, age 5 and 15, to rest on their rock laurels. But fans can check out thier new, three-CD anthology, Synchronistic Wanderings, a collection of classic Benatar album cuts, live performances and hit singles. We recently caught up with Benatar in a stately suite at the Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side, where we chatted about her history as a woman in rock and her new life as a soccer mom.

HX: Your new album clearly goes beyond the standard greatest hits formula. How did this project come about?

PB: When we left Chrysalis in 91 or 92, one of the ways they could generate income from us was with compilations. We didn't want tired collections of radio edits, but we were never consulted. So now that it's the 20th anniversary of my first album, we and EMI, which is now what Chrysalis was, wanted to go back and do it right.

HX: And how did you pick the title?

PB: I was trying to find something that would encapsulate the musical journey, a zen-like phrase that would describe what the box is about.

HX: What was it like when you were trying to get your music heard in the 70's?

PB: I always called it the gauntlet! It was hard; you had to get your fists up every single day, because before you could get to the point, which was music, you had to get through the garbage__ideas like you could only have one female in the top 10 at one time.

HX: Did you eventually feel comfortable with your level of control?

PB: Well, the attitudes never really changed. We'd be at board meetings with the president and vice president of the label, and we're generating billions of dollars. But when I'd leave the meeting, somebody would go, "Hey, nice pants!"

HX: What was the New York scene like then?

PB: It was no-holds-barred, a great scene. It was nuts! It was crazy, with so much music happening everywhere, all the time.

HX: To what do you attribute your breakthrough success?

PB: I was really persistent, like a Jack Russell [terrier]. The more they put obstacles in front of me, the harder I worked. Then, somewhere along the line, the music and my band started to have a life of it's own, and somebody realized that they could really make money off us. It's all about timing too. And I had Neil. We did it together. Once Neil came into the picture, his contribution to the songwriting, his guitar playing, gave us a serious edge. Together, we were formidable.

HX: How's family life?

PB: Well, we have two girls; one is 15, and one is 5. It's the best thing you could ever do in life. If you think the music business can make your life insane, there's nothing more insane than having two kids. Our house is a nuthouse!

HX: So your oldest was born in 85? At the height of it all?

PB: Yeah! And they didn't have any handbooks on how to be a rock-n-roll mom! [Laughs.] Here's my favorite story from that time. So, I've had a baby, but I'm trying to get it together and maintain my edge and still be cool. And I'm doing this interview with Rolling Stone on the phone, and from the bathroom you can hear my daughter calling, "Mommy, wipe me!"

HX: I think your 80's videos are just as memorable as "Thriller". Did you set out to do those big productions?

PB: We had no clue what we were doing! [Laughs.] It wasn't like we'd ever seen anything like this before. Back then, you had all these directors who wanted to be filmmakers, and who though, "Perfect, I can make a *baby* film!" And we're going, "Okay, sure, we'll go along!"

HX: How was mastering the choreography?

PB: [Laughs.] Oh, I really can't dance. I'm so uncoordinated, it's beyond me. I mean, I really have two left feet. The one thing about being on the edge of something like video, is that, looking back, those things tend to be really campy 10, 20 years later. I never took any of it seriously, but we had a ball doing it. And I was crippled at the end of it!

HX: And you're working on a new album?

PB: It will probably be done in April or May; we're only about six weeks into it.

HX: How will the new music reflect your life now?

PB: Music should always reflect where you're at. I take the girls to soccer games and scream just like the other moms. And my daughters are mortified at what I did in the 80's__the eldest is into all the boy vocal groups! [Laughs.] Your time factor and focus changes. But in general, it's much more efficient and better for me now. I don't have time to freak out anymore! Just get on with it!


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