If you've ever been struck with the irresistible urge to shimmy your shoulders and dance in unison as an act of righteous rebellion, you are probably a Pat Benatar fan.
The dance, made famous in Benatar's 1983 music video for "Love is a Battlefield" complete with resplendent headbands and snazzy cut-off gloves, is just a part of the legacy that Benatar built in the '80s as one of the most successful female rockers of the era.
Thanks to hits like "Love is a Battlefield," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Heartbreaker" and "We Belong," Benatar became a star known for her powerful pipes, take-no-prisoners attitude and signature short-cut style.
While Benatar was the firebrand face of her music, beside her for more than 30 years has been her guitarist, husband and collaborator Neil Giraldo. Married since 1982, the couple have two grown children together.
Benatar and Giraldo will perform together June 12 at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
The duo has come through the area before, playing the fairs in Merced and San Joaquin counties in 2002 and 2003, and then Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys in 2010.
Benatar often gets mentioned in the same breath as female rock contemporaries like Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde and the Wilson sisters. The multi-platinum selling artist has earned four Grammy Awards and landed 14 Top 40 hits during her four decade career. Her music was in heavy rotation on MTV during its inception, and she became one of the '80s most recognizable icons.
But it wasn't always easy. In her 2010 memoir, "Between a Heart and a Rock Place," Benatar chronicled the difficulties she had as a female performer in the male-dominated record industry filled with what she calls "bean counters and suits."
She told The New York Times at the time that her much-copied look a mix of spandex leotards, ripped tights, tight tops and badass boots was a "power thing."
"(It was) my interpretations of what feminism was it was freedom with no restrictions," she told the Times. "It was a great idea when it was mine. When they turned it into a marketing tool, I was just incensed."
Still, Benatar was able to prevail. Selling out arenas at a time when they were the sole domain of male rock gods and inspiring fans with her music and style to this day.
The duo continues to tour heavily, though its studio releases have slowed. The last Benatar album was 2003's "Go." But Giraldo told Glide Magazine last month that the pair are working on new music that will "definitely make some racket and it will be really cool and interesting."
Giraldo said what keeps the husband-and-wife team happy all these later years is still just making music together.
"We'll have a blast and that's not made up, that's the truth," he told Glide. "It is fun and what makes it fun is we're really relaxed and we both know where each of us is going so it's not complicated, we don't worry. We kind of share the same brain so we just have a blast and we do something we love. I mean, what a gift I was given. I'm humbled by the life that I have. It's incredible. I wish everybody had it, it's fantastic."
WHAT: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100