Pat Benatar, Eric Burdon, Matthew Good, Big Wreck fill final Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside weekend - The Buffalo News
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Pat Benatar, Eric Burdon, Matthew Good, Big Wreck fill final Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside weekend

The last of this summer’s Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside weekends kicks off Friday, as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo return for a full-force tour through several decades of massive rock radio hits, among them “Heartbreaker,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love is A Battlefield.”

Guitarist (and Benatar’s husband) Giraldo first cut his teeth as a member of Rick Derringer’s band. But from the beginning of Benatar’s career, he has been by her side, his songwriting, production and guitar-playing skills lending muscle to his spouse’s music. Benatar’s impressive range and impeccable pitch have not given way to the ravages of time’s passing – she still sounds amazing.

A solo turn from former Animals/War frontman – and living rock royalty – Eric Burdon rounds out the show, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday.

Four-time Juno winner and platinum-selling Canadian singer, songwriter and bandleader Matthew Good headlines the Rocks Canalside finale at 6 p.m. Saturday. Good will be joined by fellow Canadians Big Wreck, whose frontman Ian Thornley has been called the Chris Cornell of the Great White North.

Tickets for both shows are $15 advance, $20 day of show (www.buffaloplace.com).

– Jeff Miers

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