Last night in Ft. Worth, 80's singer/rocker, Pat Benatar rocked the house. The house being, Billy Bob's is the largest honky tonk in the world. Country stars of all eras have played at the Texas gem, but last night it belonged completely to Rock 'N' Roll. Tho is was my first time going to this establishment, and it made for a very fun Saturday night excursion. Cowboy hats and boots were as common as french fries in a fast food restaurant.
Pat Benatar was the queen of the 1980's, and one of the initial females in rock. At age 59, Benatar has showed no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Still, a crowd favorite she and her husband of thirty plus years continue to prove that together or separate have more talent in their pinkies than most current stars of today. She is a talent that could still be relevant on the hit music charts with maybe a country or mid-pop single. Her voice is beautiful while still being raw and hard-hitting.
The rock star's voice is still as stellar today, as it first was at the beginning of her career. Her energy and raw emotion coupled with Neil's amazing skills on the guitar and the piano make it one of the most entertaining live shows that I have ever had the pleasure of attending. They both know how to involve the crowd, even taking a picture for a fan with her cell phone. Neil decided to have a little fun with the fan by looking through her private numbers and photos.
She also continues to prove that she is not a singer who chooses simple style over substance. The singer takes a strong stance against child abuse and pro-military point of view. She continues to show that women can provide strength through music, as she never tries to be the fragile flower routine. Both men and women respect and appreciate this artist, because she mixes fun, talent, and with something she actually wants to communicate and say.
All in all, it was an amazing night. I left with a T-shirt and an autograph in my grasp. Before saying good-bye to the night, I took pictures with the many famous hand prints that are featured on the walls. Vince Gill and LeAnn Rimes were among the stars who has played at this infamous country hub of talent. As for Pat and Neil, may they continue to rock for years to come.