Pat Benatar Reveals She Won’t Perform ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ Anymore In Light Of Mass Shootings
Pat Benatar reportedly cut one of his biggest songs from his touring setlist, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. The change was made as a sign of respect for the victims of the mass shootings.
During an interview with USA todayBenatar noted that she and her band had what she called the “Saints 14”, which are songs that “if we don’t play them, you’ll give us [a hard time].” Arguably, his biggest song, “Hit Me With Your Best,” is usually among the top 14, but it will no longer be featured on his live show.
“The fans are having a heart attack and I’m like, I’m sorry, out of respect for the family victims of this mass shooting, I’m not singing it,” Benatar said. “I tell them, if you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it. [The title] is ironic, but you have to draw a line. I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t. I’m not going to get on stage and do the podium – I’m going to see my legislators – but this is my small contribution to the protest. I’m not going to sing it. Hard.”
Benatar has tour dates planned throughout the summer as she and husband and musical collaborator Neil Giraldo prepare for the world premiere of their musical, Invincible. The show draws from the catalogs of musicians for a contemporary version of Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. The show will play at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., from November 22 through December 17.
Benatar is also set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year, alongside Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics and Carly Simon. The induction ceremony will take place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.