Book Talk: Pat Benatar says she is a fan of Lady Gaga

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By Nick Zieminski

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Pat Benatar is a fan of Lady Gaga.

The singer, who earned her spot in rock history with songs like "Heartbreaker" and "Invincible" also loves the movie "Avatar," the musical "Wicked," and performing for new audiences -- though she admits she sometimes gets tired of singing "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."

Benatar's annual U.S. summer tour is her 13th in a row. New, younger fans are discovering her opera-trained voice and her tough persona, while long-time fans come to hear the familiar singles that remind them of their youth.

Benatar, 57, has published a memoir, "Between a Heart and a Rock Place," that describes her early break into stardom, the struggles with a record company eager to sell a sexy image, and years of balancing family life with performance. The book is also a valentine to her husband and collaborator Neil Giraldo.

She spoke with Reuters about her book, touring, and the singers who followed in her footsteps:

Q: Who comes to your shows? Are they open to hearing new material or do they just want to hear the oldies?

A: "Everybody wants what we call 'The Holy 14,' the songs we have to play every day. But you can plug other ones in there, most people there are willing to go anywhere you want to take them. It's a very mixed crowd. Grown-ups bring their kids, then we have a whole crop of young college-age women who are discovering it for the first time, and we have the 10 to 12 year olds who play Guitar Hero."

Q: Why do a book now?   Continued...

<p>Pat Benatar performs at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Revlon Run/Walk for Women held in Los Angeles, California May 12, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>