As Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Pat Benatar embarks on her joint tour with husband and musical partner Neil Giraldo, there’s one hit song of hers you won’t be hearing her sing onstage: the gold-certified, household-familiar “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”
“We’re not doing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ and fans are having a heart attack and I’m like, I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it,”She USA TodayIn a recent interview. “I tell them, if you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it. [The song title] is tongue-in-cheek, but you have to draw the line. I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t. I’m not going to go on stage and soapbox — I go to my legislators — but that’s my small contribution to protesting. I’m not going to sing it. Tough.”
Grammy-winning singer sings “Why don’t you hit me with your best shot / Hit me with your best shot / Fire away” in the song’s chorus. Benatar is one of many high-profile people who speak out against the excessive incidents of gun violence in America and mass shootings in America. According to The Gun Violence ArchiveIn 2022, 357 mass shootings occurred. One of the most recent cases occurred during an annual July Fourth parade in Highland Park (Ill.), a elementary school in Uvalde Texas, and a local grocery shop in Buffalo, N.Y.
The singer was also questioned about Roe v. Wade reversal by Supreme Court. This case protected the right to abort. Benatar replied, “I’m worried, like all of us, about fundamental autonomy rights. This is a slippery slope. It’s not about abortion for me. I’m concerned that people are not paying attention to what this actually means.”
Benatar, a rock singer-songwriter, is most well-known for her songs “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Heartbreaker,” “We Belong,” “Fire and Ice.”She was the first female artist to appear on MTV. “You Better Run”Being the Broadcast of second songThe network was established in 1981.